October 1, 2020
Contact: Sarah Richards, Public Relations Specialist
Nome, Alaska – On Thursday, October 1, a nonresident of the region tested positive for COVID-19 as part of the City of Nome’s testing and quarantine mandate related to travel.
The patient is safely isolating and will remain in Nome until fully recovered. The State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing have been notified and are currently investigating. This is Nome’s only active case at this time.
Community travel mandates continue to prove to be an effective tool at identifying positive cases of the virus and preventing further spread. NSHC encourages the public to pay attention to the latest resolutions from communities regarding travel and requirements from travelers, including needed quarantine time and COVID-19 testing.
All unnecessary travel should be put on hold during this time. Traveling outside of the region poses a higher risk for contracting the virus, even with safety precautions in play. If travel can be delayed for the next six months, it should be. If travel is necessary, people should only go where they need to and try to avoid large social settings or public spaces when possible. Keep your distance from others, wash your hands frequently and wear a mask in public.
All residents in the region are strongly encouraged to get their flu vaccine this year to protect them against getting influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting the flu during the pandemic could lower your immune system defenses, and make you more vulnerable to other illnesses, including COVID-19.