UPDATE: Second employee of Norton Sound Health Corporation tests positive for COVID-19

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - UPDATE: The Norton Sound Health Corp. has announced a third positive case of COVID-19 in Nome on Friday. The case will be recorded in the state's COVID-19 dashboard on Saturday afternoon.

This announcement comes one day after NSHC announced its second case. The third patient is the second NSHC employee to test positive for the virus and was screened during what the corporation calls "routine employee testing."

The corporation states it began offering voluntary testing for its employees on April 22 and has mandatory testing for employees every two weeks that started May 18. In a press release, NSHC said it had tested 150 employees in Nome and all 500 employees located there will be tested before May 26.

Original Story: The Norton Sound Health Corp. has announced an employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

This is the second positive case of COVID-19 in Nome.

The person who tested positive is self-isolating.

NSHC says the positive result was found through routine employee testing.

Friday all Nome NSHC facilities will close to the public to undergo a four-day terminal cleaning and Nome staff testing.

"The ER will remain open for any emergencies and acute needs during this time. The Nurse Call Line, a free, Nome-based medical advice service, is also available at 443-6411," said NSHC in a press release.

NSHC adds "the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing are in touch with the patient and will begin the process of tracing close contacts."

Currently, the number of total cases in Alaska is 404.

Two new cases were announced since Thursday's update.

Recovered cases are at 356, with the number of deaths remaining at 10.

As of May 21, 2020, there are currently 38 active cases in Alaska.

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