COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 3, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 3, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in the Nooksack Tribal Community. Our dedicated Medical team works closely with our Public Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, to ensure we are taking the proper steps to safeguard our community members.  We recommend self-quarantine as being the best option to limit everyone’s exposure to this illness, however, we are prepared to offer testing to our members who may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms. Total tests collected by the Nooksack Health Clinic:  12 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      8 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:   3 Total Recovered:  N/A If you have any questions, or think you may have been exposed, please contact our Health Clinic providers at 360-966-2106 before coming to the clinic. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy!

Updated: Nooksack Tribal Operations During COVID-19

Administration

Nooksack Tribal Operations During COVID-19 Week of April 4, 2020- April 11, 2020 Our top priority is the health and safety of our tribal elders, our tribal members, our clients and our employees. The Nooksack Tribal Offices will remain closed. Nearly all of our directors and managers are working remotely, and a very small team continues to handle essential business tasks in the office. They are working in the safest way possible and in accordance with the tribal health and local guidelines. We hope to welcome you back at our offices as soon as it is safe to do so. The Nooksack Tribal Clinic will remain open for urgent care only Mon-Friday 10 am-3 pm. Please call ahead of time to discuss your healthcare needs 360-966-2106. You may also contact the clinic to seek Nooksack Behavioral Health services and Chemical Dependency services. For methadone treatment services please contact Rick George. Tribal Law Enforcement and the Tribal Gaming Agency will conduct business as usual. During this emergency closure, if you need emergency assistance please do not hesitate to call 911! The Nooksack Tribal Court will remain closed and all civil matters scheduled for April are continued and will be rescheduled byRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 2, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 2, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in the Nooksack Tribal Community. Our dedicated Medical team works closely with our Public Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, to ensure we are taking the proper steps to safeguard our community members.  We recommend self-quarantine as being the best option to limit everyone’s exposure to this illness, however, we are prepared to offer testing to our members who may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms. Total tests collected by the Nooksack Health Clinic:  10 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      6 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:   3 Total Recovered:  N/A If you have any questions, or think you may have been exposed, please contact our Health Clinic providers at 360-966-2106 before coming to the clinic. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy!

Nooksack Court Order Regarding Limited Court Operations Due to COVID-19

Tribal Court

April 2, 2020 ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER RE: COVID-19 Please find the order entered by the Nooksack Court regarding the limited court operations due to Covid-19. Virtually every court in the state of Washington has entered orders to the same effect.  Court operations during this unprecedented state of emergency include: All civil matters scheduled for the month of April are hereby continued and will be rescheduled by the Court Clerk once normal court functions have been restored.All criminal matters scheduled for the month of April are hereby continued tentatively to the normal criminal docket set for May 14,2020 at 9:30 a.m. and for good cause, all speedy trial timeframes are extended until further order of the Court.All emergency matters, including warrants, in-custody hearings and emergency child custody matters will be handled telephonically. Please contact the Nooksack Tribal Police Department or the Office of Tribal Attorney to facilitate Court involvement in such matters.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 1, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 1, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in the Nooksack Tribal Community. Our dedicated Medical team works closely with our Public Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, to ensure we are taking the proper steps to safeguard our community members.  We recommend self-quarantine as being the best option to limit everyone’s exposure to this illness, however, we are prepared to offer testing to our members who may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms. Total tests collected by the Nooksack Health Clinic:  9 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      5 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:   3 Total Recovered:  N/A If you have any questions, or think you may have been exposed, please contact our Health Clinic providers at 360-966-2106 before coming to the clinic. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy!

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 March 31, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of March 31, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in the Nooksack Tribal Community. Our dedicated Medical team works closely with our Public Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, to ensure we are taking the proper steps to safeguard our community members.  We recommend self-quarantine as being the best option to limit everyone’s exposure to this illness, however, we are prepared to offer testing to our members who may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms. Total tests collected by the Nooksack Health Clinic:  7 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      4 Total Pending results: 3 Total Recovered:  N/A If you have any questions, or think you may have been exposed, please contact our Health Clinic providers at 360-966-2106 before coming to the clinic. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Tribal Council Approves a Shelter In-Place Order – EXTENDED

Tribal Council

The Nooksack Tribal Council approved a time extension on the Shelter In-Place Order effective until noon April 30, 2020. This resolution is in response to mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a mandate for all individuals residing on Tribal trust land to shelter in-place. We are continuing to work to stay ahead of this as much as possible. To date, Nooksack DOES NOT have any positive cases of COVID-19. This is great news!! Be assured that certain essential activities will be allowed. Individuals may travel from their homes to: Provide or receive essential services such as taking care of family members or to obtain medical services;Engage in certain essential activities such as going to get groceries, medications, fishing, hunting and gathering; and,Work for essential businesses, essential infrastructure, and vital Nooksack governmental functions. Nooksack Indian Tribe will continue to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the members during this shelter in-place time period. When it is necessary for you to leave your home, please practice good social distancing, take great care to protect our elders, and wash your hands frequently. We cannot stress enough the value of each and every one of our members. Please join us in takingRead More

Nooksack Indian Tribe Ahead of Many Communities in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Administration

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 is ahead of many communities in the COVID-19 pandemic preparation,” says Dr. Frank James, Public Health Office for the Tribe and San Juan County. The Nooksack Tribe was noted for its commendable efforts in pandemic preparation, distribution of food and supplies to its members, and being proactive in mental health outreach to existing clients. The virus that caused COVID-19 is spreading easily in the state of Washington and the Whatcom County. Community spread means that people have been infected with virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they because infected. Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) members include Katherine Romero, General Manager; Lona Johnson, Health Director; Frank James, Health Officer; Heidi Davis, Social Services Director; Elizabeth Ames, Chief Financial Officer; Charity Bernard, Chief of Staff. Nooksack Pandemic Response Team Main Objectives: Prevent theRead More