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Bering Strait Region mourns first COVID death

The Liitfik Wellness and Treatment Center will eventually live in a new, two-story building across the street from the Norton Sound Regional Hospital (pictured), according to NSHC President Angie Gorn. Photo: Laura Kraegel, KNOM.

The Norton Sound and Bering Strait region is currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. NSHC identified 15 new cases in the region Oct. 13, bringing the total number of active cases in the region to 117. Fifty-three are in Brevig Mission, 52 are in Nome, six are in Elim, three are in Koyuk, two are in Shishmaref and one is in Unalakleet.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly all cases of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19 occur in unvaccinated individuals. NSHC did not respond to a request for comment on whether the individual who died of COVID-19 was vaccinated or not.

Image at Top: Norton Sound Regional Hospital. Photo Courtesy of Laura Kraegel, KNOM.

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