Nome Woman ‘Crying COVID-19’ and Coughing Arrested for ‘Terroristic Threatening’

Close-up of a white Nome Police Department vehicle.

A local woman was arrested for claiming she had COVID-19 as she reportedly coughed on patrons at the Nome Recreation Center.

Nome Police arrived at the rec center yesterday in response to 36-year-old Dawn Oozevaseuk allegedly coughing on people, saying she was transmitting the coronavirus to them.

Oozevaseuk was arrested and is being held at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center without bail on charges of terroristic threatening in the second degree. [UPDATE: District Attorney John Earthmann confirmed that Oozevaseuk was released at 3:50pm on Wednesday April 15th on her own recognizance.]

NPD responded to the report yesterday afternoon, hours after the first positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the Norton Sound region.

The incident took place at the recreation center which is currently housing much of Nome’s unsheltered population, some of whom suffer from respiratory illnesses and have other underlying health conditions.

In a release from the Nome Police Department, NPD wrote that they are “taking the pandemic very seriously and [have] a zero tolerance to violations of this nature”.

Oozevaseuk has a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 1st.

Image at top: A Nome Police Department vehicle. Photo from KNOM file, Matthew F. Smith.


  1. Angelique Horton on April 15, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    She is not being held at AMCC without bail- in fact she was released on her own recognizance

    • Gray on April 16, 2020 at 6:59 pm

      Initially she was, then at arraignment that is subject to change from the magistrate or judge, which follows pretty quickly normally.

  2. Brit Oxereok (@flakerak) on April 16, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Why is the rec center even open to begin with? Not essential ..

    • Staci on April 23, 2020 at 11:40 am

      NEST and Day Shelter are at the Rec Center to provide more room for social distancing.

  3. Michael on April 17, 2020 at 8:11 am

    lol, zero tolerance but they are letting the “terrorist” go on their own recognizance within hours. sounds like they are allowing just a smidgen of tolerance

  4. Britt on April 20, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    The rec center? Is there less than 10 people in there? Not really essential, but them being homeless.. I guess use at your own risk. She really should have been kept in longer and isolated! Was she at least tested? Should she self quarantine? If she was claiming she has COVID, she should be treated as such.