Situation Report Week of April 28 – May 4


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:

  1. Prevent the spread of disease in our community
  2. Protect the safety of and provide the health and wellness of all community members and staff
  3. Provide timely, complete and accurate guidance to Tribal community members on the incident, response, disease, prevention, and when to seek medical care
  4. Continuing to provide essential community support services

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments April 28 – May 4

  • Nooksack Health Clinic continues to increase COVID-19 testing for essential workers. 
  • Directors meet remotely and submit plans for what it might look like to bring staff on safely.
  • General Manager Katherine Romero works with Congresswoman DelBene on identifying gaps in resource needs for the Nooksack Tribe, including broadband internet access for emergency information, education, and telemedicine needs.
  • Nooksack Youth Program and Behavioral Health both kick-start their virtual programs this week.
  • Staff work to coordinate the funding, purchase, and manufacturing of cloth masks, with over 80 face covering requested by Nooksack Tribal members this week.
  • Pandemic Response Team identifies the need for substance abuse outreach during COVID-19.
  • Staff implement safe working environments for essential staff including sourcing sanitation supplies for Nooksack employee workstations, creating safe window-service stations, and taping 6 feet distances in offices and public settings such as Social Services.
  • Social Services distributes Food Vouchers to those in need.

By the Numbers April 28 – May 4

  • 142 lunches delivered to eligible recipients
  • 80 boxes of emergency food are secured by Social Services from Food Lifeline

Important Dates Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.

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