FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2021
Contact: Alexis Erikson, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-8918
Nome NSHC Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
Nome, Alaska – On Monday, February 22, a resident of Nome tested positive for COVID-19. The case is considered to be community spread.
The patient is an NSHC employee who tested positive through NSHC’s routine testing policy, and there was no exposure to any patients. Upon receiving the test results, the patient began isolating immediately, and NSHC notified the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing. An investigation of the patient’s close contacts is underway.
This case brings the total number of active cases in the region to one.
As of Sunday, February 21, a total of 44 percent of the region’s entire population has been vaccinated with at least the first dose. When 80 percent of the region’s entire population, including adults and children, is vaccinated, it will be safe for things to reopen as normal. If you have questions or concerns about the vaccine, please email , and a team of medical professionals will respond to your message.
The NSHC Pharmacy in Nome is still offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. While there is no appointment necessary during these hours, patients who have scheduled an appointment will take preference over walk-in patients. Please note that NSHC cannot accommodate walk-ins during the lunch hour, after 3 p.m., or on the weekend. For priority vaccination, please schedule an appointment at picktime.com/NSHC or call the Patient Advocate during business hours for help at 443-4567.
If you live in a village, you can call your clinic ahead of time to be put on a waitlist.
If you would like to learn more about COVID-19, testing or vaccinations, you can call into NSHC’s Daily Tribal Leader Call every Monday-Thursday at 11 a.m. The call-in line is 1-800-315-6338; access code: 03286#.