FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2020
Contact: Reba Lean, Public Relations Manager
Nome, Alaska – The first patient in the Bering Strait region has tested positive for COVID-19. The patient has been self-isolating and is in contact with State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing to ensure appropriate precautions are being taken.
NSHC activated its incident command structure on March 22 to manage the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. NSHC is also working through the unified command with the City of Nome’s Emergency Operations Center and is communicating daily with regional community leaders.
The region’s first case emphasizes the importance of following recommendations of social distancing and safe hygiene practices. NSHC encourages anyone who must leave their home to wear a face covering in public (cloth mask, scarf, buff, etc.).
NSHC has recommendations for its regional patients experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If you are experiencing symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, new-onset diarrhea, loss of smell or taste, and other cold symptoms), please contact the Nurse Call Line at 443-6411 or 844-586-8773 with any questions. If you live in Nome, and are directed to come in to the hospital for testing, please use the rear entrance. If you are in a village, the Nurse Call Line staff will contact your local clinic to arrange testing and notify clinic staff before your arrival.
Stay up to date with the latest by visiting www.nortonsoundhealth.org/category/covid-19