FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska – Six regional residents tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, August 5. Four of the patients are Stebbins residents, and two requested that their community remain unidentified.
There are currently 56 active COVID-19 cases in the region, 49 of which are in Stebbins, two are in Nome, and five requested that their communities remain unidentified. Leadership in communities with positive cases has been notified, and Norton Sound Health Corporation continues to work on response plans with those communities.
A community-wide testing effort is underway in Stebbins. Anyone who meets one of the following criteria is strongly encouraged to get tested at the Stebbins Clinic:
- Anyone who believes they are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case
- Anyone who is symptomatic, regardless of whether they are vaccinated
- Anyone who is unvaccinated
- Anyone who is vaccinated and at a higher risk for COVID-19 (more public exposure, elder, immunosuppressed, etc.)
This week, the Stebbins Clinic has been open only to emergencies and COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. The clinic will offer additional COVID-19 testing from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, August 7-8.
Until there are no new cases identified for 14 days, the Stebbins community is under a lockdown, which has tightened up in the last several days. The store is only open to phoned-in orders and contactless pick-up. The laundromat is closed to clothes washing and showers and open only for water pick-up. Additionally, the Stebbins Community Association stipulates there will be no visiting between households or with other communities, and there is a curfew of 10 p.m.