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 March 30-April 6
- Tribal Council extends the Shelter In-Place Order until April 30th.
- Tribal Council cancels all April and May events.
- Tribal Council approved dumpsters at all housing sites for spring cleaning. Project and dates are coordinated with sanitary services.
- Nooksack Court orders an Administrative Order regarding limited court operations. The Court will remain closed during COVID-19.
- Nooksack Health Clinic sets up a tent outside and screens everyone before entering the Health Clinic, including all medical clinic staff. Staff are required to review and sign a document related to their health status at present before each shift.
- Lona Johnson participated in NW Portland Area Indian Health Board virtual meeting as Nooksack delegate, discussing CDC Grants available to tribes.
- Heidi Davis coordinated with Title VI to discuss the release of the emergency funds and allowable cost for COVID Emergency Response.
By the Numbers March 30 – April 6
- $43,533 is the total Nooksack will receive in COVID19-related expenses from NWWIHB. Thanks to Lona Johnson for serving as our delegate.
- 135 care packages prepared and delivered to Whatcom County Elders
- 119 eligible recipients received lunch deliveries
- 100 lbs. of salmon were smoked with 200 more being processed
- 90 bags of emergency food were distributed during Nooksack Tribal Food Bank’s new and safe curb-side service
- 14 tests have been collected by the Nooksack Health Clinic
- 1 pending test
- 0 confirmed cases as of April 6th
Important Dates Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.
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