A syringe with the needle inside a vaccine bottle

UPDATE: Five Nome residents and one regional resident tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus over the Christmas holiday. Norton Sound Health Corporation says there are currently eight active cases in the Norton Sound region with all of them located in Nome.

Earlier today, the regional health corporation announced the latest patient to test positive for COVID-19 is a resident of the Norton Sound. NSHC did not disclose which community the individual is from, only that they are considered to be a case of community spread. In relation to this newest case, NSHC is notifying anyone who visited the Nome Recreation Center on Saturday, December 26, that they may have been exposed to the virus. The COVID-19 positive patient is currently isolating in Nome.

On Wednesday, four individuals tested positive for the virus including two NSHC employees. One of those cases is travel related and the other has been considered a community-acquired case. The regional health corporation says no hospital patients were exposed during the two employees’ infectious periods.

According to NSHC, the rest of the three active cases are all close contacts of a previously confirmed case of COVID-19. The latest Nome resident to test positive was identified on Saturday.

NSHC is reporting over 830 people have been vaccinated so far, most of which are frontline healthcare workers or first responders. Group 1 essential workers can now also receive COVID-19 vaccinations. That group includes: school teachers, taxi cab drivers, and staff in local correctional facilities.

During the pandemic, NSHC has reported 283 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Norton Sound. Eight are currently active while 274 are considered recovered.

Go online to http://www.picktime.com/NSHC to make an appointment to receive a vaccination in Nome.

Image at top: A syringe and vaccine photo by NIAID is licensed under CC BY 2.0

1 Comment

  1. Ramon Gandia on December 28, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    I got mine on Saturday. Temp Check at the ER, and the shot was at Pharmacy. NOT the Operations building where they test for COVID-19.

    The pharmacist swabbed my left shoulder with cold alcohol. Believe it or not, that was the most I
    felt. I heard a faint “click”, then noticed him walking around. “When are you giving it” “It’s done, he
    said. Then he showed me. The syringe is NOT what they show in the news. It looks like a ball
    point pen, and the needle is retracted. The amount of liquid is tiny. He puts it against the skin,
    and triggers it. Goes click. Never felt anything whatsoever. Nothing.

    I sat in the Pharmacy lobby. After a few minutes, I think, or imagined, that I felt something along
    my collarbone, or the shoulder blade. Not a pain or ache, but like some fog crawling in there. Very
    faint. Gone in a few more minutes. I waited out the mandatory 15 minutes, then left. That’s it.

    In the news they sesationalize the handful of people that get “sever reactions.” That means a rash,
    shortness of breath. All fixed with a shot of antihistamine if needed. Even then, you are out of
    there in a couple of hours. Your chances of having such a reaction are about the same as winning
    the LOTTO.

    I ordered my shirt that says” “Vaccinated. Can’t get it, can’t give it.”

    I go back in 3 weeks for the booster. I highly recommend this vaccine so you can rest at ease. I
    am 75, so, yeah, I was worried. Here I go, back to slinging UPS packages.

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