FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2020
Contact: Reba Lean, Public Relations Manager
Nome, Alaska – A patient from the region tested positive for COVID-19 as a part of the City of Nome’s testing and quarantine mandate related to travel, where they will remain safely isolating until recovered.
Norton Sound Health Corporation has notified the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing, which will conduct further investigation. The case is believed to be travel related.
Community travel mandates continue to prove to be an effective tool at identifying positive cases of the virus and preventing further spread. NSHC encourages people to pay attention to the latest resolutions from communities regarding travel and requirements from travelers, including needed quarantine time and COVID-19 testing.
All unnecessary travel should be put on hold during this time. Traveling outside of the region poses a higher risk for contracting the virus, even with safety precautions in play. If travel can be delayed for the next six months, it should be.
If travel is necessary, people should only go where they need to and try to avoid large social settings or public spaces when possible. Keep your distance from others, wash your hands frequently and wear a mask in public.