FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2020
Contact: Reba Lean, Public Relations Manager
Two additional patients have tested positive for COVID-19 in relation to two cases announced earlier on Tuesday, August 11. These patients are also residents of Nome and close contacts of the other confirmed COVID-19 patients. Their infection with the virus is being considered secondary contact to the travel-related cases.
Norton Sound Health Corporation notified the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing, which will conduct further investigation.
In order to limit community spread of the virus, NSHC recommends the public take safety precautions seriously at this time. In addition to keeping your social circle small, wearing a mask in public and washing your hands frequently, people should limit their public outings in general. Refrain from going to public buildings, like the store, post office or restaurants, more often than necessary. Avoid travel unless it is essential.
You may request that others practice safety precautions around you and your family, or let people know that you are staying safe and aren’t accepting unexpected visitors. If you are an elder or are concerned for a high risk family member, one option is to hang a notice on the door of your home that states why your family is not accepting visitors at this time.
Taking the extra steps of protecting yourself and family will make a difference in the region.