FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2021
Contact: Alexis Erikson, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-8918
Two COVID-19 Cases Found on Wednesday
Nome, Alaska – On Wednesday, October 6, Norton Sound Health Corporation identified two COVID-19 cases in the region.
The first case was identified in a resident of Nome and is community spread. The second case was a close contact to a previously identified case in Brevig Mission. Both individuals have been notified and are safely isolating.
Due to a national shortage of rapid COVID-19 tests, NSHC has scaled back its rapid testing. Test results will most likely be available after 24 hours. When traveling, it is important to note that same-day results may not be available. Please inform the testing center or clinic when you get tested if you are traveling within 24 hours.
Testing for COVID-19 is open daily for asymptomatic people from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Nome Operations Building, located at the corner of Greg Kruschek Avenue and K Street. The Testing Center is open during the lunch hour, but staffing is limited. Please visit www.picktime.com/NSHC to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.
The Cough and Cold Clinic is available for testing every day for symptomatic patients. It is located on the first floor of the hospital and is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekends. You can call the direct line to the clinic at (907) 443-3231.
In the region’s villages, please call your local clinic to get tested or vaccinated.
There are currently 90 active cases in the region: 41 are in Nome, 35 are in Brevig, 12 are in Koyuk, one is in Gambell, and one is in Shaktoolik. Village leadership in all communities have been notified.