FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2021
Contact: Alexis Erikson, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-8918
Two COVID-19 Cases Identified in Nome
Nome, Alaska – Norton Sound Health Corporation identified two positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 14. The first patient is a resident of Nome and a close contact to a previously identified case. The second patient is also a resident of Nome, and it is still undetermined how the infection was acquired. Both individuals are safely isolating, and any close contacts will be notified.
The addition of these cases brings the total number of active COVID-19 cases in the region to seven. All cases are in Nome.
As of this week, over 5,000 of the eligible population, 16 years and older, in the region have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
NSHC is aiming for herd immunity with a target of vaccinating 70-80% of the entire region, including children under the age of 16. Currently, 56% of the total population has been vaccinated, which is just 14-24% away from meeting the herd immunity goal, when things may safely reopen and return to normal.
If you have questions or concerns about the vaccine, you can call into NSHC’s Tribal Leader Call on Monday or Wednesday at 1-800-315-6338; access code 03286#, or email NSHC’s medical staff for answers at .