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 7-April 13
- Tribal Council approves a $300 COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Payment to each Nooksack members, the second COVID-19 mitigation distribution.
- Health Clinic, Behavior Health, and IT staff worked to launched our new Nooksack Telemedicine Services to provide medical and behavioral health therapy via telemedicine visit while the stay-at-home order is in place.
- Initiated regular COVID-19 testing for Health Clinic staff, in addition to daily screenings and health status reports prior to each shift.
- The command center was moved to the Health Clinic to serve as an emergency mobile health unit.
- Launched a campaign to encourage and model the CDC’s April 3rd recommendation to wear face covering in public places.
- Nooksack volunteer sewers and staff made 200 cloth masks available at the Health Clinic for those in need, including children’s sizes.
- Staff researched funding options to support internet services to Five Cedars for both up-to-date emergency information and district education needs.
- The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team maintained regular communication with FEMA, BIA, NWWIHB, and other health officials and services.
- Nooksack CFO coordinated a detailed tracking system for COVID-19- related expenses and sought multiple methods for funding additional costs related to the pandemic.
- Nooksack Social Services added an additional Food Bank curbside pick-up for the month on Friday April 10th.
- Staff continued to coordinate dumpsters at all housing sites for spring cleaning with sanitary services businesses to keep our spaces clean.
By the Numbers April 7 – April 13
- $300 will be distributed to each Tribal member declares Tribal Council
- 200 cloth masks available to community members in need
- 156 lunches were home-delivered to eligible recipients
- 182 salmon were distributed with Food Bank boxes
- 91 bags of food were distributed by the Nooksack Tribal Food Bank
- 0 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 13th
Important Dates Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.
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