Nome, Alaska – On July 27 and 28, Norton Sound Health Corporation identified six positive COVID-19 cases in the region.
Three of the patients identified on July 27 are residents of Stebbins, and these cases are considered to be community-spread. Two of the cases are regional residents who prefer not to disclose their location. These are also considered to be community-spread. The last case, identified on July 28, is a resident of a regional village and is travel-related. All patients are safely isolating, and close contacts have been notified.
NSHC is working closely with the leadership from all involved villages, and is sending additional help and supplies as needed. Village leaders in Stebbins have agreed to put several precautions in place to prevent an outbreak in the community.
There are currently 17 active COVID-19 case in the region; 10 are in Nome, four are in Stebbins, and three are in undisclosed regional villages.
If you are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19 or are experiencing any symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, cough, fever, body aches, or diarrhea, call your local clinic to get tested or vaccinated as soon as possible.
NSHC will now be offering COVID-19 screenings and vaccinations at the Liitfik Wellness and Training Center every Tuesday from 9:30 to 10 a.m.
Beginning the first week of August, NSHC will be offering vaccines at the Wellness Bus, which will be parked at the AC in Nome every Wednesday morning from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Additionally, vaccines will be available in the Nome post office from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday afternoon.
You can also visit the NSHC Pharmacy: walk in Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday at picktime.com/NSHC.
At the Nome airport, vaccines are still being offered to all incoming passengers 12 years and older.