FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska – Norton Sound Health Corporation identified 17 new COVID-19 cases in the region on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Of the new cases, six were in Stebbins, five were in Brevig Mission, three were in Nome, and three were in Shaktoolik.
In Stebbins, Brevig Mission, and Shaktoolik, the cases were between close contacts. In Nome, one case was a close contact to a previously identified case, and two were community spread. All individuals were instructed to safely isolate, and community leadership in the villages was informed.
Throughout the region, 67% of residents are fully vaccinated, and 75% have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Since the 5-11 age range became eligible for vaccination, 34% of that age group has received at least one dose.
Additionally, 23% of the region has received a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine. In this region, NSHC has made booster shots available to anyone 18 years and older who was fully vaccinated six months ago with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months ago with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Just recently, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention began recommending booster shots for not only those who are at higher risk for infection, but everyone 18 years and older.
To make an appointment for your child’s vaccination or for your booster shot, contact your local clinic to get on the waitlist. In Nome, you can schedule an appointment at www.picktime.com/NSHC or get a walk-in vaccination at the Pharmacy.
There are currently 73 active COVID-19 cases in the region: 52 in Nome, seven in Brevig Mission, six in Stebbins, three in Shaktoolik, two in Gambell, two in Shishmaref, and one in Unalakleet.