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 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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