COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 August 10, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of August 10, 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: 724Total Positives: 0Total Negatives: 722Total Indeterminate: 0Total Pending results: 2Total 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.

Notice from Tribal Council: Application for 4th Distribution for COVID Emergency Assistance

Tribal Council

The 4th Distribution for COVID Emergency Assistance is in the amount $500. An application is required to be submitted prior to the funds being mailed out. The application is due by Monday, August 24, 2020. Mail to P.O. Box 157, Deming, WA 98244. Or drop off at Admin Bldg 5016 Deming Road. The checks will be mailed in early September. Applications may be found on our Tribal Council page.

Smoothie Project Day 4: Benefits of Juicing vs. Blending

Health Center

Today with the Nooksack Smoothie Project: The more fruits and vegetables, the greater the benefits! But it can be difficult to get the recommended five servings in one day. Juicing or blending fruits and vegetables can be one easy way to get your daily servings in. Join us today with Barb Himes, Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist with the Nooksack Smoothie Project, where we learn about the benefits of juicing vs. blending. Juicing is a process where the liquid part of the fruit or vegetable is separated from the pulp, or fiber. You get a thin and concentrated liquid product that contains vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients with health benefits. You need a juicer to do this. With blending, the whole fruit or vegetable is used: what you put in the blender is what you consume. The volume of the drink will be greater than that of a juice made from the same amount of fruits or vegetables. You can use anything from a standard blender to higher end products like a Vitamix. Juicing: Pros and Cons More concentrated vitamins and nutrients in a smaller amount of liquid. For those who need a low fiber diet, juicing may be a betterRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 July 23, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of July 23, 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:  658 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      643 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  15 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.

Notice Regarding Chromebooks: For ages 15-19, please provide proof of enrollment in High School

Education

The Nooksack Tribal Council has recently approved distributing Chromebooks to help our students and families prepare for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year in the event or in preparation for potential school closure due to Covid-19. A Chromebook will be issued to students who need one, to ensure tribal students have access to digital learning opportunities while schools remain closed long-term due to Covid-19.  For ages 15-19, please provide proof of enrollment in High School. Fax it to 360-592-2125 (attention: Donia Edwards) or email dedwards@nooksack-nsn.gov.  If your proof of enrollment is not received, a Chromebook will not be released to your student.  If you need help securing verification, or have questions and concerns, please contact Donia Edwards at 360 966-2043 or via email at dedwards@nooksack-nsn.gov *Please note:  This verification is required for students ages 15-19 will also be required for the potential Back-to-School assistance (Council has not yet met on this matter this year). This documentation is required prior to the release of a Chromebook and potential Back-to-School assistance. 

Situation Report Week of July 14 – July 20

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments July 14 – July 20 The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) is staying updated on new research on aerosol spread of the virus and the possibility of reinfection. Both of these factors could impact the Tribe’s response to COVID-19.The NPRT learns that three common reasons for COVID-19 are: spread with colleagues, spread with close friends, and spread with relatives at home. The NPRT brainstorms on ways to share the message. About 120 applicants have applied for the Student Chromebook Program to assist with device access for learning, health, and well-being. Applications have been approved and are in process for distribution. The Nooksack Pandemic Policy for employees is approved by Tribal Council.The Nooksack Tribal Court has modified its operations to limited attendance, physical distancing, and use of the community building for larger court matters.Whatcom Health Department and Regional Economic Partnership launch ‘Safer. Stronger. Together.’ campaign for businesses. Nooksack receives materials to get the message out. Read the full document here. Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.

Nooksack Tribal Council Supports Candidates in Whatcom County 2020 Primary Elections

Tribal Council

Nooksack Tribal Council Supports these Candidates. Mail in ballots by August 4th! Congress District 1Suzan DelBene GovernorJay Inslee (near the bottom of a long list) Lt. GovernorDenny Heck Secretary of StateGael Tarleton State TreasurerMike Pellicciotti State AuditorPat McCarthy Attorney GeneralNo vote. AG Bob Ferguson opposed the Tribes in the Culvert case and took the case to the US Supreme Court, threatening treaty rights. He has not earned re-election. Commissioner of Public LandsHilary Franz Superintendent of Public InstructionChris Reykdal Insurance CommissionerMike Kreidler State Rep LD 42 Position 1Alicia Rule State Rep. LD 42 Position 2Sharon Shewmake Whatcom Superior Court Judge Position 2Lisa Keeler Judge Position 4David Freeman

Smoothie Project Day 3: Strengthen Your Health and Well-being

Health Center

Did you know that health and well-being strengthen your body’s ability to fend off viruses? Looking for ways to be well during COVID-19? Try these tasty smoothies for breakfast or lunch, provided by Barb Himes Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist with the Nooksack Smoothie Project. Smoothies that provide 30 gms of carbs or less are suitable for a snack. CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE – serves 2. Blend all the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Carbs per serving: 61 gms. 5 ounces baby spinach2 cups frozen blueberries½ cup unsweetened soy, hemp, or almond milk1 banana 2-4 dates, pitted2 Tbsp natural cocoa powder1 Tbsp ground flaxseeds CREAMY FRUIT AND BERRY SMOOTHIE – serves 2. Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Carbs per serving: 50 gms. EAT YOUR GREENS FRUIT SMOOTHIE – serves 2. Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Carbs per serving:  39 gms. 5 ounces baby spinach1 banana1 c. frozen blueberries½ c. unsweetened soy, hemp, or almond milk½ c. pomegranate juice or other unsweetened fruit juice1 Tbsp ground flaxseeds Find more recipes here from Dr. Fuhrman The Nooksack Smoothie Project is giving away blenders, recipes, and smoothie ingredients to help you stay healthy this summer! In order to receive a kit you needRead More

Tribal Government Responds to Student Support Survey During Pandemic

Administration

PUBLIC NOTICE: July 22, 2020 In June, Nooksack Administration released a survey asking for feedback from parents on ways in which the government could support students at home during the pandemic. Since release of the survey, the General Manager and Nooksack Pandemic Response Team have coordinated with departments to make sure families’ concerns are being heard. Below is how the government has listened and responded to parents: Several parents commented on the need for laptops or other devices for children at home. Most school-issued devices were returned at the end of the school year. Families expressed the need for online access to education, tutoring, youth programing, and health resources. On June, 16, 2020 Tribal Council approved the School-Aged Chromebook Assistance Program. Nooksack leadership worked with the IT Department to acquire Chromebooks as part of the needs-based program. Distribution to commence soon.Similarly, parents expressed the need for tutoring for their children while at home. Overall, many students struggled to maintain learning goals at the end of the 2019-2020 school year due to school closures. The Education Department is working to secure a new contract teacher to assist with online home learning in response to the need.Listening to parents, the Education Department shiftedRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 July 21, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of July 21, 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:  643 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      638 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  5 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.