FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2020
Contact: Alexis Erikson, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-8918
One Travel-Related Case Identified in Nome
Nome, Alaska – On December 10, there was one positive COVID-19 case identified in Nome. The patient is a non-resident and the case is considered to be travel-related. There have been 94 positive COVID-19 cases since the mid-November outbreak in Nome. 80 individuals have recovered. In Nome, there are currently 14 active cases, with zero active cases in our region’s villages.
NSHC and the City of Nome will continue to require COVID-19 testing upon arrival in Nome at the airport. Testing in advance of arriving to Nome will not meet the requirement. NSHC has placed staff at the Anchorage airport to help passengers pre-register for COVID-19 testing. If passengers are pre-registered before arriving to Nome, the COVID-19 testing process is very efficient.
If you live in a village, you will receive a rapid COVID-19 test to ensure your test results have returned in time for your flight home. If you have a tight connection, please let the NSHC employee based at the Anchorage airport know so NSHC can help expedite your testing results. If you are flying home to the village on Bering Air, you may text the COVID-19 texting line at 1-833-413-0568 to get your results within two hours of being tested. If you do not have a phone, Bering Air has a cell phone available to check results, with the patient’s permission. If you were not tested in time for your flight back home to the village, please call NSHC’s quarantine team at 907-434-0654 and NSHC will assist you.
Every Monday – Thursday, NSHC will provide a daily briefing about the COVID-19 pandemic preparation for communities at 11 a.m. The call-in line is 1-800-315-6338; access code: 03286#. If you have trouble dialing in, an alternative number to call is: 1-913-904-9376, also with access code: 03286#. NSHC will be sharing a lot of information about the COVID-19 vaccine and distribution plan for the region.
To stay up to date and have easy access to PDF resources (flyers and information) and all PSAs that NSHC has released, please visit https://www.nortonsoundhealth.org/category/covid-19/.