FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Norton Sound Health Corporation identified two additional positive case of COVID-19 in the region on Tuesday, October 27th, as residents of Stebbins.
There are currently 20 active cases of COVID-19 in the community. The patients are considered to be related to the recent outbreak in the community. The community is on total lockdown and should quarantine away from other households for the next three weeks. NSHC encourages community members to follow this lockdown and to get tested for COVID-19.
The State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing have been notified, and village leadership has been informed. NSHC continues to work closely with the community by sending additional help and supplies for community-wide testing.
If residents have questions regarding symptoms, which can include coughing, shortness of breath, fevering, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, or other cold-like symptoms, they should contact their local clinic or the Nurse Call Line at (907) 443-6411 or 844-586-8773 if outside of regular clinic hours. Other general questions about COVID-19 can be directed to the State of Alaska’s 211 resource number.
All residents in the region are strongly encouraged to get their flu vaccine this year to protect them against getting influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting the flu during the pandemic could lower your immune system defenses, and make you more vulnerable to other illnesses, including COVID-19.
It will take a team effort and consideration for others to prevent the spread of COVID-19.