FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska – On Tuesday, June 30, a regional resident tested positive for COVID-19 while outside of the region.
The State of Alaska informed NSHC of this positive test on Thursday, July 2. The patient has been contacted by state officials, and Public Health Nursing is investigating the case, including reaching out to close contacts.
According to state officials, the patient was in the Norton Sound/Bering Strait region during their potentially infectious period, but it is unknown at this time if the patient picked up the virus while in the region. Public Health Nursing will continue to investigate and try to determine whether the case was a result of community spread, travel, or a secondary contact.
NSHC asks members of the public to continue to take COVID-19 prevention guidelines seriously in order to prevent spreading or acquiring the virus. Continue to stay home if you feel sick, socially distance, wash your hands frequently, wear a face mask in public, and avoid traveling outside of the region.
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.