FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2020
Contact: Sarah Richards, Public Relations Specialist
Nome, Alaska – Two residents of the Norton Sound/Bering Strait region are now safely isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday, September 11.
The first patient was traveling outside of the region when they tested positive. They are currently isolating outside of the region and were not in the region at any point during their infectious period.
The second patient, who tested positive after routine testing, has agreed to allow NSHC to disclose their home community of Nome. The origin of the virus is still under investigation.
The State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing have been notified of the cases and are conducting investigations of close contacts.
As the weather becomes colder and residents begin to spend more time indoors, it is important to remember to wash hands, wear masks, and sanitize surfaces regularly. Make time each day to get outside for fresh air, exercise, sunshine, and subsistence activities.