Three “Secondary COVID Cases” Appear in Nome Following Two Travel Related Ones

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Three Nome residents have contracted the disease caused by the coronavirus through their contact with two other COVID-19 cases that were originally confirmed on Tuesday.

According to the Norton Sound Health Corporation, less than 24 hours after two NSHC employees became travel-related cases, three other individuals tested positive for the virus. The regional health corporation has labeled the latest patients as secondary cases, meaning they came into close contact with an earlier confirmed case of COVID-19.

Two of the new patients were announced last night while the third was confirmed earlier today.

Norton Sound Health Corporation is still recommending that the public take the necessary safety precautions like wearing a mask in public and minimize their social interactions to limit the community spread of the virus.

If you believe you might be a close contact of one of the recent COVID-19 cases, and have not been notified by NSHC or the state’s Public Health Nursing, then you can get tested at Nome’s walk-in tent Monday through Friday and on Sunday afternoons.

According to the State of Alaska’s COVID dashboard, there are currently 14 active cases in the Norton Sound region.

Image at top: Particles from the coronavirus. Photo in the public domain via Creative Commons