780 AM | 96.1 FM 


(907) 443-5221

Stebbins’ Case Count Grows, All Regional Residents with COVID-19 are Recovering So Far

The COVID-19 testing drive-thru tent outside the Norton Sound Regional Hospital. Photo from Reba Lean, NSHC (2020).

27 cases of COVID-19 in Stebbins are all considered related and part of the local outbreak of the disease caused by the coronavirus. Norton Sound Health Corporation announced yesterday that three new patients in that community tested positive earlier this week.

According to NSHC, only 12 of those cases are currently active in Stebbins, however the three latest cases are close contacts of previous COVID-19 patients. The regional health corporation has identified new cases in that community at least every three days since October 6th, when the original cluster of 12 cases was announced.

The local hunker down notice continues, and residents of Stebbins are encouraged to limit their movements outside of their homes and the community. NSHC is asking everyone in the region to delay their travel and stay with the Norton Sound, especially with the holiday season coming up.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, which can include coughing, fever, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, and other cold-like symptoms; call your local clinic or the Nurse Call Line at 443-6411.

With the three newest cases, the Norton Sound region has a total of 127 COVID-19 cases confirmed. 16 of those are currently active while 111 are considered recovered. According to NSHC’s count, the same number of regional residents’ who tested positive for the virus thus far [111] is the same as the number of people who have successfully recovered.

Image at top: The COVID-19 testing drive-thru tent outside the Norton Sound Regional Hospital. Photo from Reba Lean, NSHC (2020).

Share this story


Recent Posts

Understanding Golovin: A Film on Alaskan Life Amidst Climate Change

The short film “A Beautiful Place” covers the lives and challenges faced by the residents of Golovin, Alaska. The 26-minute film directed by Atman Mehta offers a poignant look at community life amidst the backdrop of climate change. Mehta, originally from Mumbai, India, spent over a year visiting Golovin between

Read More »

From Nome To Shishmaref: Trio Travels Across the Tundra

Under the pale light of the Alaskan spring, three adventurers embarked on a long journey across the frozen tundra. Oliver Hoogendorn, Wilson Hoogendorn, and James Horner set out from Nome determined to walk to Shishmaref, over 100 miles to the north. Battling strong winds, freezing temperatures, and vast, snow- covered

Read More »
Aerial view of rural Alaska community on a cloudy summer day

Uranium Mine Set For Summer Exploration North of Elim

Panther Minerals Inc. announced plans to launch an exploration program at the Boulder Creek uranium property this summer. The property is roughly 100 miles to the east of Nome and 20 miles north of Elim.  The Vancouver, Canada based company will establish a 15 to 20 person camp at the

Read More »



Christmas 2023

Work for Us:




(907) 443-5221 


(907) 868-1200 

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that KNOM Radio Mission is located on the customary lands of Indigenous peoples. 

Based in the Bering Strait region, KNOM broadcasts throughout the homelands of the Iñupiaq, Siberian Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Yup’ik peoples.