FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2021
Contact: Sarah Richards, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-4591
Nome, Alaska – On January 15, Norton Sound Health Corporation identified two positive COVID-19 cases in Nome. On January 16, an additional patient tested positive in Brevig Mission.
The first patient is a Nome resident and close contact of a previously identified case. The second individual is a non-resident who tested positive in accordance with the City of Nome’s testing and quarantine mandate related to travel. The third patient is an NSHC employee who tested positive in Brevig Mission; there was minimal exposure to patients and any patients have been notified. NSHC is working closely with village leadership to encourage residents and essential workers to get tested and vaccinated.
The State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing have been notified and will conduct further investigation on all three cases. There are currently 12 active cases in Nome, and two active cases in the region’s villages.
NSHC continues to keep the public informed through a Weekly Data Dashboard. The graphic condenses information into pie charts to show details of the region’s total cases such as gender, age, and positive test timeline. It also reports total hospitalizations, deaths, and active cases. The total number of COVID-19 vaccinations given in the region can be found on the graphic. The dashboard is updated every Monday by noon, and can be accessed at this web address: https://my.visme.co/view/q6xw84jw-data-dashboard
If you have questions about COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, or have any concerns, you can call into NSHC’s Daily Tribal Leader Call every Monday-Thursday at 11 a.m. The call-in line is 1-800-315-6338; access code: 03286#.
If you develop a cough, fever, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea, congestion, fatigue, headache, or loss of taste or smell, please immediately quarantine and make an appointment at the Cough and Cold Clinic by calling the main appointment desk at (907) 443-3333. You can also call the direct line to the Cough and Cold Clinic at (907) 443-9666 or (907) 443-4200.
Stay up to date with the latest by visiting www.nortonsoundhealth.org/category/covid-19.