Nome Sees More Close Contacts and Travel-Related Cases of COVID-19 Crop Up

Close-up of Nome and Bering Strait region on a color map of Alaska

New COVID-19 cases in the Norton Sound region have been found every day for the past seven days. Within a week, Nome’s total number of active cases has jumped to 14.

According to a statement from Norton Sound Health Corporation late last night, three patients tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus on Monday.

Two of the new cases are Nome residents while the third is a non-resident of the Norton Sound.

NSHC says one resident and the non-resident tested positive through the City of Nome’s travel and quarantine requirements. The third patient is believed to be a close contact of a previously confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nome.

The regional health corporation says these three latest cases brings Nome’s total to 14 active cases of COVID-19.

If you are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, such as loss of taste, fever, or other cold-like symptoms, you can call the Nurse Call Line at 443-6411. For general questions about COVID-19, call the State of Alaska’s resource number at 211.

Image at top: The greater Nome / Bering Strait area. Photo: David Dodman, KNOM file.