Situation Report Week of March 30 – April 6


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 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.

Read the full document here.