FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2021
Contact: Alexis Erikson, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-8918
Two COVID-19 Cases Identified in Region
On June 27, Norton Sound Health Corporation identified one positive COVID-19 case in a resident of the region. The source of the virus is community spread. On June 28, a case was identified in a non-resident of the region. The source of the virus is under investigation.
The patients are safely isolating, and close contacts have been notified.
There are currently six active COVID-19 cases in the region.
NSHC encourages anyone who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Unvaccinated individuals who contract COVID-19 are still at a one in 200 risk of death, and a one in six risk of severe symptoms. 30% of people with the virus will go on to have long-term side effects/symptoms. In contrast, fully vaccinated individuals represent less than 1% of those getting COVID-19 and have essentially zero risk of severe symptoms or death.
As of June 26, 60% of the entire population in the region have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 62% of the entire population in the region has received at least one dose of the vaccine. NSHC is aiming for herd immunity with a target of 70% of the entire region vaccinated.
Everyone in the region who is 12 years and older is eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. In a village, residents may contact their local clinic to arrange a vaccination. In Nome, vaccinations are available at the following places and times:
• Nome NSHC Pharmacy: walk in Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. Appointments are available Monday-Saturday at picktime.com/NSHC.
• Nome airport: Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are offered to all incoming passengers 12 years and older.
• Nome post office: Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available Monday-Friday 12-5 p.m.