Like much of Whatcom County, the Nooksack Indian Tribe is currently responding to the outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus in Washington State. The Nooksack Tribe has been preparing for this response and has developed a Nooksack Pandemic Response Team to keep abreast of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the Nooksack Indian Tribal Community.
Nooksack Pandemic Response Team Main Objectives:
- Prevent the spread of disease in our community
- Protect the safety of and provide the health and wellness of all community members and staff
- Provide timely, complete and accurate guidance to Tribal community members on the incident, response, disease, prevention, and when to seek medical care
- Continuing to provide essential community support services
Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Week April 14-April 20
- Efforts from all Tribal members and government staff to stay home pays off. Data from Whatcom County shows we may have reached the first peak in the COVID-19 pandemic.
- All nurses and providers at the Nooksack Clinic are tested for COVID-19. There are no positive results to date.
- Nooksack Health Clinic hosts a routine vaccine immunization clinic to keep ahead of outbreaks of preventable diseases during COVID-19.
- Nooksack staff quickly organize to mail the second distribution checks to Nooksack members.
- Staff continue meetings with Unified Command, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB), and FIMA for Nooksack COVID-19 resources and relief.
- General Manager signs the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs letter regarding funding appropriation and distribution to Washington State Tribes.
- Lona Johnson participates in Children of the Setting Sun Productions podcast discussing: One from the Heart – The Love of Gathering, relating to our response to COVID-19.
- Nooksack Pandemic Response Team continues to meet via teleconference multiple times, including working with Grants in application for available emergency response funding.
- Department Directors meet remotely to coordinate essential services to the community.
- Conversations began about how to safely reopen the Tribal government to community services when the time comes.
- Nooksack Social Services provided additional food vouchers for families during this time of need.
Important Dates Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.
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