FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska – On Tuesday, June 23, the State of Alaska notified Norton Sound Health Corporation that a resident of the region tested positive for COVID-19 while working elsewhere in the state. This patient will count as the region’s seventh confirmed case.
Alaska’s Public Health Nursing is investigating the case and following up with close contacts. State officials say the patient’s infectious period was limited to their current location, and it has no link to the Bering Strait/Norton Sound region.
When traveling through or visiting areas that have seen exposure to the virus, NSHC recommends taking precautions seriously. Continue to frequently wash hands, wear a mask and other personal protective equipment when around others, and try to keep your distance from other people.
Additionally, avoid traveling outside of the region if you can. If you have traveled, NSHC recommends quarantining for 14 days as the safest method of prevention of spreading COVID-19 and a combination of testing with a shortened quarantine of seven days as the second safest method.
If you feel sick, stay home. Symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing, fevering, shortness of breath, fatigue, new-onset diarrhea, loss of smell or taste, and other cold symptoms. If you are experiencing any of those symptoms, please contact Primary Care in Nome at 443-3333 or your local clinic before going in to be seen.
Stay up to date with the latest by visiting https://www.nortonsoundhealth.org/category/covid-19/