On November 3, Norton Sound Health Corporation identified an additional positive case of COVID-19 in Stebbins. There are currently 23 active cases of COVID-19 in the community.
The patient is considered related to the recent outbreak in the community. The State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing have been notified, and village leadership has been informed.
There have been a total of 61 positive COVID-19 cases in Stebbins since the outbreak began on September 19th. As of today, NSHC has tested 81.5% of Stebbins residents. The community remains in a lock down, which means households should not visit other households.
If residents have questions regarding symptoms, which can include coughing, shortness of breath, fevering, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, or other cold-like symptoms, they should contact their local clinic or the Nurse Call Line at (907) 443-6411 or 844-586-8773 if outside of regular clinic hours. Other general questions about COVID-19 can be directed to the State of Alaska’s 211 resource number.
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.