FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2021
Contact: Reba Lean, Public Relations Manager
Nome, Alaska – Three Nome residents tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, May 5. The individuals are considered close contacts to one another, and Norton Sound Health Corporation believes they acquired the virus through community spread. The individuals are safely isolating and their close contacts have been notified.
In response to these cases, Nome Public Schools will hold a distance learning day on Thursday, May 6, for its elementary, middle school and Anvil City Science Academy students. High school will remain in session.
If students or staff members of the 6th, 7th or 8th grade have not been tested for COVID-19 this week, NSHC urges them to get tested as soon as they can. The NSHC Operations Building Testing Center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5p.m. and appointments can be made at www.picktime.com/NSHC.
If you are experiencing any cold-like symptoms, they could be COVID-19 related. NSHC urges you to get tested at the Norton Sound Regional Hospital Cough and Cold Clinic, which is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekends.
NSHC expects the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for emergency use for ages 12 years and older very soon. NSHC will be working with both the Bering Strait School District and Nome Public Schools to bring vaccination teams to all schools in the region as early as next week. Parents and guardians should be watching for consent forms being brought home by their child. These forms will also be available on NSHC’s website, found here https://www.nortonsoundhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/Patient-Consent.pdf.