FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2021
Contact: Sarah Richards, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-4591
Nome, Alaska – On January 31, Norton Sound Health Corporation identified a positive COVID-19 case as a resident of St. Michael.
NSHC held a teleconference with village leadership to discuss the case and develop a response plan. The local clinic is expanding testing for community members. The origin of the virus is yet to be determined. The State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing have been notified and will conduct further investigation. There are currently three active cases in Nome and one in St. Michael.
NSHC continues to keep the public informed through a Weekly Data Dashboard. The graphic condenses information into pie charts to show details of the region’s total cases such as gender, age, and positive test timeline. It also reports total hospitalizations, deaths, and active cases. The total number of COVID-19 vaccinations given in the region can be found on the graphic. The dashboard is updated every Monday by noon, and can be accessed at this web address: https://my.visme.co/view/q6xw84jw-data-dashboard
If you are a village resident and would like to receive your COVID-19 vaccination, please contact your local clinic to be placed on a waiting list. The NSHC Pharmacy in Nome is now offering walk-in vaccinations, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. While there is no appointment necessary during these hours, patients who have scheduled an appointment will take preference over walk-in patients. Please note that NSHC cannot accommodate walk-ins during the lunch hour, after 3 p.m., or on the weekend. For priority vaccination, please schedule an appointment at picktime.com/NSHC or by calling the Patient Advocate during business hours for help at 443-4567.
If you have questions about COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, or have any concerns, you can call into NSHC’s Daily Tribal Leader Call every Monday-Thursday at 11 a.m. The call-in line is 1-800-315-6338; access code: 03286#.
If you develop a cough, fever, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea, congestion, fatigue, headache, or loss of taste or smell, please immediately quarantine and make an appointment at the Cough and Cold Clinic by calling the main appointment desk at (907) 443-3333. You can also call the direct line to the Cough and Cold Clinic at (907) 443-9666 or (907) 443-4200.