COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 January 21, 2021 To 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:  2,625 Total Positives:        41            Active: 5        Recovered: 35   Unrecovered: 1 Total Presumptive: 4 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,571 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  13 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.

Pre-K Virtual Behavior Health Group

Behavioral Health

Theme of the Week: Caring and Helping. Hosted by Nooksack Behavioral Health. To register, call Behavior Health at 360-966-2376.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 January 20, 2021 To 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:  2,612 Total Positives:        40            Active: 8       Recovered: 31   Unrecovered: 1 Total Presumptive: 4 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,550 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  22 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.

Nooksack Phased Approach to Moderna Vaccine Allocation

Tribal Council

We know that everyone is anxious to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please review the Nooksack Tribe’s Phased Approach to Moderna Vaccine Allocation, approved by the Tribal Council. We currently are in Phase 1 and Phase 1B serving our most vulnerable Tribal members first, based on the number of vaccines available from Indian Health Services. Nursing and Clinic staff are working to distribute as many as 60 vaccines a day to protect the Nooksack community as quickly as possible. Please be patient as the Tribe waits to receive all the needed vaccines to protect the community. In the meantime, stay safe. Appointments are required for vaccines. Call the Health Clinic at 360-966-2106.

Situation Report Week of Jan. 12 – Jan. 18

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Jan. 12 – Jan. 18 Accepting applications for Nooksack’s Vaccine Trial Community Outreach Coordinator position. To learn more and apply, visit the Tribe’s Human Resources webpage.The Nooksack Health Clinic is short-staffed and looking to hire a temporary nurse position. To learn more and apply, visit the Tribe’s Human Resources webpage.The Nooksack Tribal Health Clinic schedules COVID-19 Moderna vaccine appointments for elders 60+ years. In order to utilize available vaccines, all Nooksack Tribal members 18+ years are invited to call the Clinic for an appointment, with priority given to: Nooksack elders and their spouses, and Nooksack members with comorbid and underlying conditions that put them at significantly higher risk (2 or more comorbidities). Appointments are required for vaccines. It may be possible to be added to a last-minute stand-by list for appointments that cancel. Call the Health Clinic at 360-966-2106.The Novavax Vaccine Trial will stop enrolling new participants around February 8th. Tribal members 20 – 50 years old are encouraged to join Nooksack Vaccine Trial. Younger people may not get offered immunizations with the mRNA vaccines for several months. Native people are 3.5 times more likely to become infected and 1.8 times more likely toRead More

Novavax Vaccine Trial Expected to Close Enrollment February 8th

Health Center

Tribal Members 18 to 65 Years Old Encouraged to Join Nooksack Vaccine Study Younger people may not get offered immunizations with the mRNA vaccines for several months. They may want to know more about the Novavax Trial.  Native people are 3.5 times more likely to become infected and 1.8 times more likely to die if they get infected over all age groups, but the most worrisome fact is that for those between the ages of 20 and 50, the mortality rate is 10 times higher than the general population. This is not biology; it is the social determinants of health, like being an essential worker and having to go to work when others stay home.  The Novavax Vaccine Trial will stop enrolling new participants around February 8th, in just 3 weeks. The study will offer Native people a chance to receive a vaccine that is made in the same way Hepatitis B, HPV and some influenza vaccines are made — a tried and true technology. The vaccine also is about 10 times more immunogenic than the mRNA vaccines. This is not likely to make the vaccine more effective but may make this type of vaccine last considerably longer, potentially much longer than theRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 January 19, 2021 To 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:  2,605 Total Positives:        40            Active: 8        Recovered: 31   Unrecovered: 1 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,549 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  16 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 January 15, 2021 To 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:  2,589 Total Positives:        39            Active: 7       Recovered: 31   Unrecovered: 1 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,529 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  21 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 January 14, 2021 To 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:  2,568 Total Positives:        38            Active: 6        Recovered: 31   Unrecovered: 1 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,512 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  15 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 January 13, 2021 To 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:  2,553 Total Positives:        37            Active: 5        Recovered: 31   Unrecovered: 1 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,492 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  24 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.