The village of Stebbins in Alaska is in community lockdown after an increase in Covid-19 cases, according to the regional health organization.
Norton Sound Health Corp. announced the lockdown in a press release on Monday, saying the lockdown will remain in place until no new cases are identified for 14 days. They said Thursday there were three more positive cases of Covid-19 in Stebbins, bringing the total of active cases to 45.
The lockdown began seven days ago, Norton Sound Health Corp said.
Quoting the Stebbins Community Association, Norton Sound Health Corp. said that during the lockdown, visits between households or other communities are not allowed and everyone should wear a mask in indoor public spaces.
“There is a limit of 10 people at the store and a limit of five people at the laundromat,” the statement said. “There will be no bingo during this period, and there is a 10pm curfew.”
According to Norton Sound Health Corp, there are 51 active cases of Covid-19 in the region, including 45 in Stebbins, three in Nome and three in regional villages who “have requested that their village not be identified”.
At the end of July, 42% of the 676 inhabitants of Stebbins were fully vaccinated and 45% had received a first dose.
“Stebbins experienced a Covid-19 outbreak last fall, from which it took almost two months to recover. Residents there know what it takes to overcome an outbreak, and now anyone 12 and older has the added benefit of having access to Covid-19 vaccines, ”said Norton Sound Health Corp. in the press release.