FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska – Four close contact individuals tested positive for COVID-19 in Koyuk on Tuesday, June 22. Norton Sound Health Corporation determined the cases to be acquired through community spread. The patients’ close contacts have been notified.
Due to potential community exposure, NSHC is recommending a hunker-down period in the community of Koyuk. Outdoor, socially distanced activity is encouraged, but unvaccinated community members should avoid socializing with those not in their household and limit public outings.
The Ruth Qumiiggan Henry Memorial Clinic in Koyuk will be open for testing, vaccinations, and emergencies only Wednesday-Friday, June 23-25.
Those who are experiencing symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, body aches, or diarrhea should call the clinic at (907) 963-3311 to get tested. Unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to get tested this week and vaccinated as soon as possible.
Everyone 12 years of age and older is eligible to be vaccinated. In Koyuk, 58% of the community has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 49% is fully vaccinated. The region is reaching for herd immunity with a goal of 70% of the entire population vaccinated.
There are six active cases of COVID-19 in the region, including these four in Koyuk and two cases in Nome.