Nome, Alaska – Norton Sound Health Corporation has identified two positive cases in the Norton Sound/Bering Strait region.
The first patient is related to the recent outbreak in the village of Stebbins. The State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing have been notified, and village leadership have been informed. Public buildings have limited to no access, and residents are encouraged to hunker down for the next two weeks. NSHC continues to work closely with the community by sending additional help and supplies for community-wide testing.
The second patient was traveling when they tested positive for COVID-19, and they are currently isolating outside of the region. The State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing have been notified and are currently following up with any close contacts.
Researchers continue to work to find ways to manage and ultimately eradicate COVID-19. There are several vaccinations currently going through rigorous clinical trials to ensure their safety before being offered to the public. In addition to the vaccine, researchers continue to explore other methods of prevention and treatment.
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