Important Fireworks Information

Administration

If you plan to operate a fireworks stand, you MUST turn in your pack­et/payment by Wednesday, April 21, 2021 by 3 pm and you MUST at­tend the Zoom meeting — NO exceptions. ONLY the permittee (or the permittee’s representative) may attend — one person per stand. NOOKSACK TRIBAL MEMBERS ONLY. MEETING DATE: Friday, April 23, 2021 MEETING TIME: 5:00 pm PLACE: via Zoom FEES ($550.00) and DEPOSIT ($250.00) will need to be paid at Admin on 4/21/2021 by 3 pm. Plus, you must also apply for a NIT business li­cense. At the mandatory meeting, you will be voting for a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Two Members at Large. This will make the Fireworks Board Executive Committee. Should you have any questions, please contact Katherine Romero at 360-592-5176 (M-F 10-4). Firework Stands Important Dates 04/21/21 – Packet and Payment Due at Admin by 3 pm (no exceptions)04/23/2 – Mandatory Zoom meeting (5 pm) 06/01/21 – First Day to set-up stands06/02/21 – PD will do their inspections06/05/21 – Sales can start07/06/21 – Sales have to stop07/11/21 – Stands have to be torn down07/12/21 – PD/Maintenance clean-up inspection

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo April 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:  3,196 Total Positives:   78 Active:  0    Recovered: 77   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 12           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,113 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  5 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.

Federal Government Agrees to Withdraw Sale of Sand Point Archives

Tribal Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2021 Contact: Katherine Romero, General Manager, Nooksack Indian Tribe 360-383-6510 Deming, WA — Chairman Ross Cline, Sr. announced that the Federal Government has agreed to withdraw the proposed sale of the Sand Point Archives facility in Seattle. This was due to pressure exerted by Western Washington tribes, including the Nooksack Indian Tribe. In late 2019, the Trump administration proposed the sale of the Sand Point Archives, which holds irreplaceable records of vital interest to tribes, including originals of treaties, allotment records, enrollment records, and other valuable documents and artifacts, many of which exist only in their original form.  If the sale went forward, the Federal Government intended to ship the archives materials to various locations around the country. In January 2020, Chairman Cline, along with other tribes, appealed to the Federal Government to stop the sale until proper consultation could take place.  When the Federal Government refused to consult, the tribes brought suit in federal court to block the sale.  On April 8, 2021, the Biden administration agreed to withdraw the sale and committed to holding proper and meaningful consultation before taking any action that affects tribes. Hailing this victory by tribes, Chairman Cline praisedRead More

We’re Hiring! Nooksack Human Resources Director

Human Resources

An application can be printed from our website or picked up at the Administrative Office. Applicants will not be able to apply for this position online. Applicants can send applications and resumes in these ways: Drop off at the Administrative Office 5016 Deming Road, Deming, WA 98244Mail to PO Box 157 Deming, WA 98244Email to callen@nooksack-nsn.gov

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo April 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:  3,191 Total Positives:   78 Active:  0    Recovered: 77   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 12           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,108 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  5 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.

Situation Report Week of Apr. 6 – Apr. 12

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Apr. 6 – Apr. 12 Canada sees a rapid increase in both B117 (UK) and P1 (Brazilian) COVID variants. Initial studies show these mutant variants are more contagious. Overall, cases are expected to rise after spring break.Nooksack hosts a 5-day Pfizer vaccine clinic open to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. Dates of the clinic are April 6, 7, 13, 14, and 20 from 9-12 pm and 1-3 pm. Nooksack Tribal members will be prioritized.Any Nooksack Tribal member 16+ can contact the Health Clinic for a COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and have been proven to prevent death and hospitalization. Call Georgiann Perez at the Clinic at 360-966-2106, or online appointment requests can be made here.The Nooksack Clinic will have Johnson & Johnson more limited single-dose vaccines.The Clinic hopes to outreach to local schools to protect youth 16+.The Nooksack government continues to work on utilizing COVI-19 assistance funds from the state of Washington.The Nooksack Pandemic Team and Council discuss the community center weight room safe-use policy for reopening. New studies show long-haul, or long COVID, can exhibit significant long-term complications. Younger patients infected with COVID-19 are much less likely to die, butRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo April 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:  3,186 Total Positives:   78 Active:  0    Recovered: 77   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 12           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,100 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  8 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.

FEMA Offers Families Funeral Assistance for COVID-Related Deaths

Administration

Did your loved one pass due to COVID-19? Starting April 12, 2021 FEMA has opened COVID-19 Funeral Assistance applications for individuals and households. FEMA is offering reimbursement for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020 for up to $9,000. We encourage Tribal members to collect the required documents and call FEMA. The death certificate must indicate that COVID-19 played a role. This also applies to those who may have committed suicide. You will need the following documents: Death certificateProof of funeral expensesInsurance or other funeral benefits Eligible funeral expenses include but are not limited to: Transportation for up to two individuals to identify the deceased individualTransfer of remainsCasket or urnBurial plot or cremation nicheMarker or headstoneClergy or officiant services Applications opened April 12th To apply call: 844-684-6333 or TTY: 800-462-7585 Hours of Operation: Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time Learn more at FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Here is a video: FEMA: Providing Financial Assistance for COVID-19-Related Funeral Expenses – YouTube

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo April 12, 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:  3,179 Total Positives:   78 Active:  0    Recovered: 77   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 12           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,087 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  12 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo April 9, 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:  3,167 Total Positives:   78 Active:  0    Recovered: 77   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 12           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,085 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  2 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo April 8, 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:  3,165 Total Positives:    78 Active:  0    Recovered: 77   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17                40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 12           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:   3,078 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  7 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo April 7, 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:  3,159 Total Positives:   78 Active:  0    Recovered: 77   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 12           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,071 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  10 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo April 6, 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:  3,149 Total Positives:   78 Active:  0    Recovered: 77   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 12           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,067 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  4 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.

Situation Report Week of Mar. 30 – Apr. 5

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Mar. 30 – Apr. 5 COVID variant B117 (UK) is 50% more contagious with 55% increase in mortality. Canada is seeing sizable case counts for the B117 and P.1 variant. Vaccines will help prevent the spread of the virus even against the new variants.With spring break, COVID cases are expected to increase and spread more contagious and more deadly viruses. At the same time, many states are relaxing restrictions.New studies show long-haul, or long COVID, can exhibit significant long-term complications. Younger patients infected with COVID-19 are much less likely to die, but may have chronic long-term effects of the disease. Symptoms can include fatigue, joint pain, cough/chest pain, anxiety, depression, PTSD, headaches, and insomnia. Nooksack will host a 5-day Pfizer vaccine clinic open to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. Dates of the clinic are April 6, 7, 13, 14, and 20 from 9-12 pm and 1-3 pm. Tribal members will be prioritized.Any Nooksack Tribal member 16+ can contact the Health Clinic for a COVID-19 vaccine, if you have not done so already. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and have been proven to prevent death and hospitalization. Call Georgiann Perez at the ClinicRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo April 5, 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:  3,145 Total Positives:   78 Active:  0    Recovered: 77   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 12           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,053 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  14 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo April 2, 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:  3,131 Total Positives:    78 Active:  7    Recovered: 70   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17                40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 12           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:   3,046 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  7 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 Building Labor Pool for Tribal Members

Human Resources

The Nooksack Tribe is building a labor pool for tribal members who would like to be considered for on-call labor work, that could include: Special clean-up projects Landscaping & ditch projects Special moving projects Building projectsVehicle detailingGeneral laborer Apply online for the labor pool or apply at the Nooksack Administration Office.Wages will vary depending on job.Drug test & background check required upon hire.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 31, 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:  3,121 Total Positives:   78 Active:  7    Recovered: 70   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 12           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,040 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  3 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.

Situation Report Week of Mar. 23 – Mar. 29

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Mar. 23 – Mar. 29 Any Nooksack Tribal members 16+ can contact the Health Clinic for a COVID-19 vaccine, if you have not done so already. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and have been proven to prevent death and hospitalization. Call Georgiann Perez at the Clinic at 360-966-2106, or online appointment requests can also be made here.The Nooksack Elders Program makes plans for safely opening the elders’ community building for lunch, for those who are now fully vaccinated.On March 24, 2021 the Nooksack IT hosted a demonstration of SpaceX’s Starlink kits for community leaders working to solve internet access issues across Whatcom County. Nooksack is partnering with Starlink to provide Tribal households most in need with internet access. The Tribal Council is serving as the “Angel Account,” for up to 102 units for the first year of service. COVID variants are now in Whatcom County, and up to 50% more contagious. Vaccines will help prevent the spread of the virus even against the new variants.With many schools meeting in person, parents are encouraged to bring their children of any age in for testing at the Nooksack Clinic, M-F 1:30-3 pm. Please call ahead. Read the fullRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 30, 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:  3,118 Total Positives:   78 Active:  14 Recovered: 63   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 12           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)      Total Negatives:  3,027 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 29, 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:  3,105 Total Positives:    78 Active:  14  Recovered: 62   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17                40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 12           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:   3,010 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  17 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.

2021 Fireworks Season Tentative Dates and Information

Administration

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Fireworks Ordinance is pending review and approval by the Nooksack Tribal Council. The following information may be subject to change. This notice provides communication and time you may need to prepare for the 2021 fireworks season.  April 14, 2021: Packet and payment due at Admin by 3 pm $550 Permit Fee (to pay for portable toilets, hand-washing station, garbage, spider-box rentals, light tower rental, insurance, & business license)$250 Deposit (refundable upon clean up) April 16, 2021: Mandatory fireworks stand owner meeting Vote for committee membersStand location lottery June 1, 2021: First day to set up firework stands. June 2, 2021: Safety inspection will start (appointments to be coordinated with the Nooksack Tribal Police).  June 5, 2021: Firework sales may begin. July 7, 2021: Firework sales end. July 11, 2021: Stands must be taken down and site cleaned. July 12, 2021: Clean-up inspection.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 26, 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:  3,088 Total Positives:        77 Active:  14    Recovered: 62   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17                    40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14               50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 11               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,995 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 25, 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:  3,073 Total Positives:        77 Active:  14    Recovered: 62   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17                    40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14               50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 11               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,984 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  12 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 Partners with SpaceX’s Starlink Program for Broadband on Tribal Lands

IT, Tribal Council

The Nooksack Indian Tribe is partnering with SpaceX for rural access to the internet. SpaceX’s Starlink beta testing program aims to provide high-speed internet to remote locations such as Nooksack Tribal lands. Most rural Nooksack Tribal areas lack the infrastructure to provide fast internet. The Tribe has been searching for a reliable solution for the community to get online. On March 24, 2021, the Nooksack Tribe hosted a Starlink demonstration installation with community partners also hoping to solve internet access issues across Whatcom County. Attendees included local school districts, Lummi Nation, Opportunity Council, Port of Bellingham, County Councilmember Rud Browne, Commissioner of Whatcom PUD Christine Grant, and County Executive Satpal Sidhu. A Starlink kit was successfully installed at one of Nooksack’s community buildings, and within minutes, attendees were able to connect to the internet at 190 Mbps. Installation of the kits successfully began at tribal homesite March 5, 2021. For up to 102 units, the Nooksack Tribal Council will serve as the “Angel Account” for the first year of service. These households were identified as the most needed Tribal areas because they were below the federal broadband minimum of 25 Mbps download speeds. Successfully installed Nooksack kits report download speedsRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 24, 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:  3,061 Total Positives:        77 Active:  14    Recovered: 62   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17                    40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14               50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 11               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,962 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 23, 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:  3,039 Total Positives:        72 Active:  9       Recovered: 62   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 14                    40-49y: 14 10-19y: 13               50-59y: 3 20-29y: 14               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 10               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,950 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  17 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.

Situation Report Week of Mar. 16 – Mar. 22

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Mar. 16 – Mar. 22 All Nooksack Tribal members 16+ are encouraged to contact the Health Clinic for a COVID-19 vaccine, if you have not done so already. COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to prevent death and hospitalization. Call Georgiann Perez at the Clinic at 360-966-2106, or online appointment requests can also be made here.COVID variants are now in Whatcom County, and up to 50% more contagious. Vaccines will help prevent the spread of the virus even against the new variants.The Nooksack Tribe works toward building community immunity by hosting a 2-day public vaccination clinic on a first-come, first served basis. 170 vaccines were administered by the Health Clinic over the 2-day period.Pregnant women considering getting the COVID-19 vaccine should consult with their health care providers.The Tribal Council and Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) discuss safety precautions for reopening the Casino buffet as Whatcom County enters Phase 3.Similarly, the Elders Program considers a safety plan for opening the elders’ community building for lunch, for those who are now fully vaccinated.With many schools meeting in person, parents are encouraged to bring their children of any age in for testing at the Nooksack Clinic, M-F 1:30-3Read More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 22, 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:  3,024 Total Positives:        65 Active:  2       Recovered: 62   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 13                    40-49y: 13 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 10               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,931 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  29 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 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:  2,995 Total Positives:        63 Active:  0       Recovered: 62   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 13                    40-49y: 13 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,924 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  8 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 18, 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:  2,987 Total Positives:        63 Active:  0       Recovered: 62   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 13                    40-49y: 13 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,913 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  11 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 17, 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:  2,976 Total Positives:        63 Active:  0       Recovered: 62   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 13                    40-49y: 13 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,911 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  2 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 16, 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:  2,974 Total Positives:        63 Active:  0       Recovered: 62   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 13                    40-49y: 13 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,903 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  8 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.

Situation Report Week of Mar. 9 – Mar. 15

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Mar. 9 – Mar. 15 The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) and Tribal Council review the Nooksack Homelessness Resource Program COVID-19 response policy. The CDC releases information on those who are fully vaccinated. If it has been 2 weeks since your second dose (Moderna or Pfizer) or 2 weeks since a single dose (Johnson & Johnson) the CDC says:You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks, unless they (or anyone they live with) is at risk.If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms (unless you live in a group setting). More information can be found on the CDC website. In light of staff becoming fully vaccinated, the employee Pandemic Policy will be amended to reflect CDC guidelines.The Council approves the IRB modification for the Novavax vaccine trial to include a cross-over study, in which all participants will have the option to be vaccinated. The Council and NPRT discuss further vaccination of those with close social and economic ties to the Tribe, as supplies areRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 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:  2,966 Total Positives:        63 Active:  0       Recovered: 62   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 13                    40-49y: 13 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,898 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  5 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 12, 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:  2,961 Total Positives:        63 Active:  1       Recovered: 61   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 13                    40-49y: 13 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,893 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  5 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms DOI’s Recognition of Tribal Council

Tribal Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2021 Yesterday, the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a challenge to the Department of Interior’s 2018 recognition of the Nooksack Tribal Council. Although the litigation spanned nearly three years and several council elections, the Court’s opinion was a welcomed result.     In 2017, following various internal struggles, an MOU with the Department of Interior to hold an election, and a December 2017 special Tribal Council election, the Department of Interior recognized the then-seated Nooksack Tribal Council, and resumed its government to government relationship with the Tribal Council. Unfortunately, Interior’s resumption of the government to government relationship with the Tribal Council was not welcomed by all.  Several tribal candidates challenged Interior’s recognition of the newly elected Tribal Councilpersons in federal court in June 2018. Although the U.S. government was the named party, the litigants squarely targeted the Nooksack Tribe and its Tribal Council.  The District Court ultimately held the case for over 11 months until Judge Zilly dismissed the election contestants challenge in August 2019, which led to the current appeal. Yesterday, three years after the Special Election, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ended the challenge and foundRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 11, 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:  2,956 Total Positives:        63 Active:  1       Recovered: 61   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 13                    40-49y: 13 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,884 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  9 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.

Situation Report Week of Mar. 2 – Mar. 8

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Mar. 2 – Mar. 8 The Nooksack Clinic hosts the first youth vaccine clinic with the Pfizer vaccine, approved for ages 16-17. The Moderna vaccine is for ages 18+. For an appointment, contact the Clinic or fill out our online form here, to be connected directly with a nurse.The Clinic has flu vaccines available. Please wait two weeks after receiving a COVID vaccine. Call the Clinic (360-966-2106) to schedule an appointment.The Council and Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) discuss allocation of further COVID grant funding toward quarantine sheltering, groceries, hygiene support, utility and rental assistance. Some funding is income-based.The Nooksack Tribe primarily uses the Moderna vaccine. The Council and NPRT discuss the usefulness of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine for future potential mobile clinics or for those experiencing homelessness.Any Nooksack Tribal member is welcome to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment by calling Georgiann Perez at the Clinic at 360-966-2106. Online appointment requests can also be made here.With many schools meeting in person, parents are encouraged to bring their children of any age in for testing at the Nooksack Clinic, M-F 1:30-3 pm. Please call ahead.The Nooksack Health Clinic is short-staffed and looking toRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 10, 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:  2,947 Total Positives:        63 Active:  1       Recovered: 61   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 13                    40-49y: 13 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,873 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  11 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 8, 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:  2,935 Total Positives:        63 Active:  1       Recovered: 61   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 13                    40-49y: 13 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,861 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  11 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 5, 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:  2,924 Total Positives:        63 Active:  2       Recovered: 60   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 13                    40-49y: 13 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,843 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  18 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 4, 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:  2,919 Total Positives:        63 Active:  2       Recovered: 60   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 13                    40-49y: 13 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,843 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 3, 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:  2,906 Total Positives:        63 Active:  2       Recovered: 60   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 13                    40-49y: 13 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,834 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  9 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.

Information on the COVID Vaccine Second Dose

Health Center

March 3, 2021 As vaccine continues to roll out, an increasing number of Tribal members are receiving their second doses. Below is some key information to keep in mind. Summary: All second dose appointments were scheduled at your first vaccine appointment. Contact the Clinic (360-966-2106) for questions.No, you may not receive your second dose in a different location from your first.Side effects from your second dose may be worse than your first.Yes, you have to maintain all of COVID precautions, even if you’re vaccinated. QUESTION: When should I receive my second dose of vaccine? The Moderna vaccine is the primary type of vaccine distributed at the Nooksack Clinics. Other vaccines will have different guidelines, but this document will focus on the Moderna vaccine. (The Clinic will host a limited Pfizer vaccine clinic for Nooksack members ages 16-17, since the Moderna vaccine is for ages 18+.) For the Moderna dose, the second dose may be administered no less than 25 days after the first dose, and no more than 45 days later to ensure maximum effectiveness. That said, every effort is being made to deliver second doses 28 days later. QUESTION: How do I schedule my second dose? For Tribal membersRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 2, 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:  2,897 Total Positives:        62 Active:  7       Recovered: 54   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 13                    40-49y: 12 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,825 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  10 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!

Situation Report Week of Feb. 23 – Mar. 1

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Feb. 23 – Mar. 1 The Tribal Council updates the Shelter in Place Order summary February 22, 2021.The Whatcom County Health Department reports the B.1.1.7 COVID variant (U.K. variant) was found in Whatcom County February 22, 2021. This variant is more easily transmitted. However, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have not shown decreased efficacy with the B.1.1.7 variant.The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team and Council update the employee Pandemic Policy to reflect updated information on vaccinations.Season flu cases are down due to masking and distancing. COVID cases have also decreased due to vaccinations, weather, and safety precautions.Johnson and Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine will provide additional vaccine availability nationwide.The Nooksack Clinic will be receiving 100 doses of Pfizer vaccines from IHS to vaccinate youth ages 16-17. The Moderna vaccine allows for administration 18+ years. Please contact the Clinic or fill out our online form here, to be connected directly with a nurse.Clinic staff continue to schedule appointments for all phases. Any Nooksack Tribal member is welcome to schedule a vaccine appointment by calling Georgiann Perez at the Clinic at 360-966-2106. Online appointment requests can also be made here.With many schools meeting in person, parents are encouraged toRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 1, 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:  2,888 Total Positives:        62 Active:  7       Recovered: 54   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 13                    40-49y: 12 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,817 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  9 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 26, 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:  2,884 Total Positives:        61 Active:  6       Recovered: 54   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 12                    40-49y: 12 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,802 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.

Nooksack Pandemic Policy February 22, 2021

Administration, Tribal Council

NOOKSACK INDIAN TRIBE PANDEMIC POLICY Amended on February 22, 2021, by Resolution No. 21-30 PURPOSE The Nooksack Indian Tribe (NIT) strives to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all employees. This pandemic policy outlines our overall response to a pandemic outbreak and our emergency ­preparedness and business continuity plan. It outlines specific steps NIT takes to safeguard our employees’ health and well-being during a pandemic while ensuring NIT’s ability to maintain essential operations and continue providing essential services to our community. In addition, it provides guidance on how we intend to respond to specific operation and human resource issues in the event of a pandemic.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 25, 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:  2,863 Total Positives:        61 Active:  6       Recovered: 54   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 12                    40-49y: 12 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,793 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  9 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 24, 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:  2,856 Total Positives:        61 Active:  6       Recovered: 54   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 12                    40-49y: 12 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,783 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results: 12 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.

Situation Report Week of Feb. 16 – Feb. 22

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Feb. 16 – Feb. 22 Please DO NOT TRAVEL, says Health Officer Dr. Frank James. Ask your friends and family not to travel as well, unless absolutely essential. Travel to and from our community is how the COVID variants will come to us. People that routinely travel are recommended to be tested periodically. 40% of cases are asymptomatic and the 60% of people that become symptomatic are most infectious in the 48 hours, prior to symptom onset. Because rates in the state and county are going down and some people are immunized, people are taking more risks. However, the new variants pose a serious risk and we will not all be safe until everyone is immunized.The Nooksack Clinic will be receiving 100 doses of Pfizer vaccines from IHS to vaccinate youth ages 16-17. The Moderna vaccine allows for administration 18+ years. Please contact the Clinic or fill out our online form here, to be connected directly with a nurse.The Market Center and Northwood Casino staff have received the COVID-19 vaccine.Due to inclement weather, vaccine boosters (second dose) where only available this past week. Appointments for prime doses (first dose) were rescheduled.The Nooksack Clinic confirmsRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 23, 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:  2,844 Total Positives:        61 Active:  6       Recovered: 54   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 12                    40-49y: 12 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,775 Total Indeterminate:   8 Total Pending results:   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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 22, 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:  2,836 Total Positives:        61 Active:  12    Recovered: 48   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 12                    40-49y: 12 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13                60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,761 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  14 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 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:  2,822 Total Positives:        61 Active:  12    Recovered: 48   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 12                    40-49y: 12 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13                60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,751 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  10 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.

Register Now for Upcoming Pfizer Vaccine Clinic for Youth 16-17 Years Old

Health Center

Calling all 16-17 year old Nooksack Tribal members! Are you or your child(ren) Nooksack youth ages 16-17 years old? The Nooksack Clinic will be hosting a Pfizer Vaccine Clinic soon. Pfizer vaccines are approved for the 16-17 age range. The Moderna vaccine is for ages 18+. Please contact the Clinic today to sign up for the next available appointment by calling (360) 966-2106 or filling out the form below.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 18, 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:  2,812 Total Positives:        61 Active:  12    Recovered: 48   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 12                    40-49y: 12 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13                60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,743 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  8 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 17, 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:  2,804 Total Positives:        61 Active:  12    Recovered: 48   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 12                    40-49y: 12 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,733 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  10 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.

Situation Report Week of Feb. 9 – Feb. 15

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Feb. 9 – Feb. 15 CDC research finds that tightly fitted masks, doubling with both cloth and surgical masks, could reduce COVID virus transmission by up to 96.5%.As scientists learn more about the virus, even those with both doses of vaccine are still encouraged to mask, distance, and wash hands.The Nooksack Clinic will be receiving 100 doses of Pfizer vaccines from IHS to vaccinate youth ages 16-17. The Moderna vaccine allows for administration 18+ years.The Nooksack Tribe is now in Phase 4 of our Vaccine Allocation Plan. Clinic staff have administered vaccines to as many patients as possible and continue to schedule appointments for all phases. Any Nooksack Tribal member is welcome to schedule a vaccine appointment by calling Georgiann Perez at the Clinic at 360-966-2106. Online appointment requests can also be made here. Phase 4 includes: Everyone in the Nooksack Tribe not previously immunized; Members of other federally recognized Tribes not Nooksack; and Those with close social and economic ties to Nooksack Tribal members that impact their health and wellbeing. Keep your vaccine cards safe.The Tribe hosts an Appreciation Drive-By Parade for the Nooksack Clinic staff for an outstanding rollout of vaccine clinics,Read More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 16, 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:  2,794 Total Positives:        59 Active:  10    Recovered: 48   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 11                    40-49y: 12 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 1 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,719 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 12, 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:  2,778 Total Positives:        59 Active:  10    Recovered: 48   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 11                    40-49y: 12 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13                60-69y: 1 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,712 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  7 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 11, 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:  2,771 Total Positives:        58 Active:  9       Recovered: 48   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 10                    40-49y: 12 10-19y: 9                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 1 30-39y: 8                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,713 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  12 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 10, 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:  2,759 Total Positives:        55 Active:  6       Recovered: 48   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 9                       40-49y: 12 10-19y: 8                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13                60-69y: 1 30-39y: 7                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 3 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,696 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  8 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.

Situation Report Week of Feb. 2 – Feb. 8

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Feb. 2 – Feb. 8 New COVID-19 strain varieties are in 33 states now, and may replace the current strain here come March 2021. Vaccines are expected to still have efficacy against new strains.The Nooksack Tribe is now in Phase 4 of our Vaccine Allocation Plan. Clinic staff have administered vaccines to as many patients as possible and continue to schedule appointments for all phases. Any Nooksack Tribal member is welcome to schedule an appointment by calling Georgiann Perez at the Clinic at 360-966-2106. Online appointment requests can also be made here. Phase 4 includes: Everyone in the Nooksack Tribe not previously immunized; Members of other federally recognized Tribes not Nooksack; and Those with close social and economic ties to Nooksack Tribal members that impact their health and wellbeing. Keep your vaccine cards safe.The Tribal Council approves the Elder Chromebook Assistance Program. The purpose of this program is to provide elders with tools to access the outside world while remaining at home. Applications are accepted until July 30, 2021, and found on the Tribe’s website.With many schools meeting in-person, parents are encouraged to bring their children of any age in for testing at theRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 February 9, 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:  2,751 Total Positives:        55 Active:  11    Recovered: 43   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 9                       40-49y: 12 10-19y: 8                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 1 30-39y: 7                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,695 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  1 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 February 8, 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:  2,750 Total Positives:        53 Active:  8       Recovered: 43   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 9                       40-49y: 11 10-19y: 8                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 1 30-39y: 6                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,658 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  39 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 Tribe in Phase 4 of Vaccine Allocation Plan

Health Center, Tribal Council

The Nooksack Tribe in now in Phase 4 of our Vaccine Allocation Plan. Clinic staff have administered vaccines to as many patients as possible and continue to schedule appointments for all phases. Any Nooksack Tribal member is welcome to schedule an appointment by calling Georgiann Perez at the Clinic at 360-966-2106. Phase 4 includes: Everyone in the Nooksack Tribe not previously immunizedMembers of other federally recognized Tribes not NooksackThose with close social and economic ties to Nooksack Tribal members that impact their health and wellbeing Online appointment requests can also be made here.

2013, 2015 Fisheries Disaster Relief Funding, Crab Gear Reimbursement and Commercial Dive Training Programs

Natural Resources

Tribal Council recently approved a grant agreement for disaster relief funding for the 2013 Fraser River sockeye and the 2015 Puget Sound coho and pink salmon fisheries. Eligible Tribal members may apply for these new programs available through the grant agreement, which include (1) disaster relief payment; (2) crab gear reimbursement program; and (3) commercial dive training program.  Disaster Relief Payment One-time payments will be made available to Nooksack Tribal members who possessed a commercial fishing license for the eligible fishers for 2013 Fraser River sockeye and/or the 2015 Puget Sound coho and pink salmon fisheries. Eligible fishers acquired Tribal commercial fishing decals by or before Oct. 1, in 2013 and on or before November 1, in 2015. The Natural and Cultural Resources Department reviewed internal records to develop tentative lists of qualifying Tribal members. If you appear on this list, you will be issued a check. Members are encouraged to contact NNCR within the next 30 days if they would like to learn whether or not they are on the lists. Issuance of Disaster Relief payments are subject to Tribal law, including N.C.L. 99.16.020, which requires the Tribe to offset the amount of a benefit payment by the amountRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 February 5, 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:  2,711 Total Positives:        52 Active:  8       Recovered: 43   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 9                       40-49y: 10 10-19y: 8                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 13               60-69y: 1 30-39y: 6                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,629 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  30 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 February 4, 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:  2,686 Total Positives:        49 Active:  5       Recovered: 43   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 7                       40-49y: 10 10-19y: 8                  50-59y: 3 20-29y: 12               60-69y: 1 30-39y: 6                  70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,619 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  18 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 February 2, 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:  2,663 Total Positives:        49            (Active:  7     Recovered: 41   Unrecovered: 1) Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,610 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  4 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.

Situation Report Week of Jan. 26 – Feb. 1

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Jan. 26 – Feb. 1 The Nooksack Tribal Health Clinic is scheduling COVID-19 Moderna vaccine appointments now. The Clinic may be trying to reach you regarding your vaccine appointment. Update your contact information on our website or by phone to insure a call from our staff. For questions call the Nooksack Health Clinic at 360-966-2106.The Tribal Council and NPRT work to update the employee Pandemic Policy, specifying exceptions for medical appointments and quantifying a high-risk area.The Clinic has hired temporary staff to assist with set-up and take-down of vaccine clinics and medical stations, assisting nursing and clinic staff during a busy time.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.Tina Cummins, LPN, will be working as a volunteer nurse with the Nooksack Clinic.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 to dieRead More

Update Your Contact Information For Vaccine Appointments

Health Center

The Nooksack Tribal Health Clinic is scheduling COVID-19 Moderna vaccine appointments now. Has your contact information changed? The Health Clinic may be trying to reach you regarding your vaccine appointment. Update your information here to insure a call from our Clinic staff. For questions call the Health Clinic at 360-966-2106.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 February 1, 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:  2,659 Total Positives:        47            (Active:  5     Recovered: 41   Unrecovered: 1) Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,598 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  14 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 29, 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:  2,645 Total Positives:        47            (Active:  5     Recovered: 41   Unrecovered: 1) Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,593 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  5 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 28, 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:  2,640 Total Positives:        47            (Active:  9     Recovered: 37   Unrecovered: 1) Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,592 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  1 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 27, 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:  2,639 Total Positives:        47           (Active:  9      Recovered: 37   Unrecovered: 1) Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,589 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  3 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 26, 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:  2,637 Total Positives:        47            (Active: 11   Recovered: 35   Unrecovered: 1) Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,587 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  3 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.

Situation Report Week of Jan. 19 – Jan. 25

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Jan. 19 – Jan. 25 The new COVID strain from the UK has been identified in two different counties on the west side of the state from samples taken last week. It will likely spread quickly, as it is about 50% more infectious, and will be a significant barrier to controlling the pandemic. Please adhere to the Tribal Council’s Shelter in Place Order.East County, Lynden, and Ferndale are seeing a significant rise in COVID-19 cases.The Nooksack Clinic has been vaccinating up to 60 eligible patients a day, according to the Tribal Council’s COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Plan. Nooksack is currently in Phase 1 and Phase 1B serving our most vulnerable Tribal members first, based on the number of vaccines available from Indian Health Services. Please be patient as the Tribe waits to receive all the needed vaccines to protect the community.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 Novavax Vaccine Trial will stop enrolling new participants around FebruaryRead More

Northwood Casino & NBC II Public Safety Grant for Local Government Agencies

NBC II

Northwood Casino/NBC II will be offering a public safety grant this fiscal year available to local government agencies ONLY. The grant period opens on February 1, 2021 and closes on March 15, 2021. Please review the NBC II Public Safety/Community Contribution Policy; and complete the Public Safety/Community Contribution Application, if you are interested in receiving this grant.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 January 25, 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:  2,634 Total Positives:        46            (Active: 10   Recovered: 35   Unrecovered: 1) Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,579 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  9 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 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.

Situation Report Week of Jan. 5 – Jan. 11

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Jan. 5 – Jan. 11 Positive COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Nooksack Tribal members. Tribal members are encouraged to stay home and stay safe, following the Tribal Council’s Shelter in Place Order until further notice.Nooksack Clinic staff have been working hard to provide COVID testing, contact tracing, vaccine administration, as well as routine patient care. At the same time, the Clinic is working to increase vaccine administration to Tribal members.The Nooksack Health Clinic is short-staffed and looking to hire a temporary nurse position. Please contact Nooksack HR for more information.On Jan. 5th, Nooksack’s oldest elder, Bernita Antoine, 88 years old, was the first Nooksack elder to receive the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine at the Clinic. Several Nooksack elders have followed. There have been no reports of adverse reactions to date.Elders 60 years or older who are Nooksack Clinic patients have the option to receive the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine now.Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) met with Whatcom County Health Department to coordinate positive COVID-19 case communication.On Jan. 8th, Nooksack Council member Ryawn Cline and Nooksack Tribal member Mary Brewer, along with Lummi Council member Nick Lewis were the first to enroll in the COVID-19 NovavaxRead More

Pre-K Virtual Behavior Health Group

Behavioral Health

Theme of the Week: Accidents. Hosted by Nooksack Behavioral Health (Effective January 11th, 2021). To register, call Behavior Health at 360-966-2376.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 January 12, 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:  2,534 Total Positives:        37            Active: 12     Recovered: 24   Unrecovered: 1 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,483 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  14 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 Novavax Vaccine Trial

Health Center

Are you interested in participating in Nooksack’s vaccine trial? Nooksack, the Lummi Tribal Health Center, and the University of Washington are seeking volunteers for a Phase 3 COVID‐19 Novavax vaccine trial. The purpose of this clinical trial is to test an investigational vaccine to prevent COVID‐19. To be eligible for the trial you must be: 18 years of age or older, and at increased risk for exposure to COVID‐19. Contact Nooksack’s Community Outreach Representative and Nooksack Tribal member, Jewell Jefferson at 360-820-7677. To schedule an appointment call 360-312-2268. Phase 3 COVID‐19 Vaccine Trial The Lummi Tribal Health Center in partnership with the University of Washington is seeking volunteers for a Phase 3 COVID‐19 investigational vaccine clinical trial.  The purpose of this clinical trial is to test an investigational vaccine for the prevention of COVID‐19. Investigational means the vaccine is not approved by the FDA. The clinical trial will assess how well this investigational vaccine prevents COVID‐19. Participants will be assigned by chance (like flipping a coin) to receive either vaccine or placebo. 2 of 3 participants will receive the vaccine. Participants will receive two vaccinations, 21 days apart. The trial will last for two years and will involve at leastRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 January 11, 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:  2,531 Total Positives:        37            Active: 12     Recovered: 24   Unrecovered: 1 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,483 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  11 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 8, 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:  2,526 Total Positives:        36            Active: 17     Recovered: 18   Unrecovered: 1 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,426 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  64 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.

Winter Fitness Challenge

Health Center

Nooksack Fitness will be starting a Winter Fitness Challenge! Find information along with a registration form here. The challenge will included daily and weekly goals of pushups, plank holds, and air squats. There will be a level for everyone, so even if you cannot do some of these movements, there will be options for you! More information will be released after registration. Please email completed registration forms to kstapp@nooksack-nsn.gov by Friday, January 15th.

Nooksack Secretarial Election Results

Tribal Council

Certification of Results of Election A copy will be posted at BIA Puget Sound Agency and Tribe’s Administration building. Any challenges must be submitted within 5 days. 25 CFR Part 81.43 How are the results of the Election Challenged? Any person who was listed on the Eligible Voters List and who submitted a voter registration form may challenge the results of the Secretarial election. The written challenge, with substantiating evidence, must be received by the Chairman of the Secretarial Election Board within 5 days after the Certificate of Results of Election is posted, not including the day the Certificate of Results of Election is posted. Challenges received after the deadline for filing challenges will not be considered. If the third day falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, the challenge must be received by close of business on the next business day.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 January 7, 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:  2,474 Total Positives:        35            Active: 16     Recovered: 18   Unrecovered: 1 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,363 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  56 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.

Update: Shelter In Place Order Effective Jan. 6, 2021

Tribal Council

SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER SUMMARY Effective: January 6, 2021 until further notice WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Effective immediately on January 6, 2021, the Nooksack Indian Tribe is mandating that all residents shelter in place, which will remain in effect until further notice. This is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means that all residents residing on Nooksack Tribal land are required to stay in their homes at all times, unless for essential activities (outlined below). All residents are restricted from gatherings of people that do not normally live together. WHERE DOES THIS APPLY? Nooksack Indian Tribe Reservation and all lands held in trust for the Nooksack Indian Tribe (regardless of their location). ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES (maintaining 6-foot distance from other people:) •             Work/Employment •             Fishing and hunting (with only household members) •             Grocery shopping •             Medical care/ pharmacy •             Banking •             Care for a sick and/or elder member •             Get gas •             Outdoor activities (with only household members) (avoid playgrounds and other populated areas) TRIBAL GOVERNMENT: The government is operating with very limited staff (many telecommuting) in order to provide vital governmental services, such as, food, public safety and medical care. CLINIC/MEDICATIONS: Contact the clinic with regard to yourRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 January 6, 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:  2,401 Total Positives:        34            Active: 15     Recovered: 18   Unrecovered: 1 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,301 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  66 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.

Situation Report Week of Dec. 29 – Jan. 4

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Dec. 29 – Jan. 4 Positive COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Nooksack Tribal members with 30 total cases, 11 active, 18 recovered, and 1 unrecovered. Tribal members are encouraged to stay home and stay safe, following the Tribal Council’s Shelter in Place Order until further notice. The Nooksack Clinic staff, Council, and Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) are doing everything they can to mitigate the spread and save lives.  COVID-19 Moderna vaccines are administered to Nooksack healthcare staff and first responders (Nooksack police) as part of the vaccine allocation plan approved by the Tribal Council and NPRT. Next will be elders 60 years or older living in congregate or overcrowded settings and/or people with comorbid and underlying conditions.This week the Nooksack Clinic, HR, and Administrative staff work to test all government employees, prior to return to in-person work after the holidays. Employees must have a negative test result in order to return to work.Nooksack has hired staff to assist with the COVID-19 vaccine trial, including a community outreach position and driver.Information about participating in the vaccine trial with the University of Washington and Lummi Nation will be coming soon.The Tribal Council and NPRTRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 January 5, 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:  2,337 Total Positives:        30            Active: 11     Recovered: 18    Unrecovered: 1 Total Presumptive: 4 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,202 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  105 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 4, 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:  2,272 Total Positives:        30                                     Active: 12     Recovered:   18  Total Presumptive: 4 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,131 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  111 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 December 31, 2020 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:  2,161 Total Positives:        25                                     Active: 7       Recovered:   18 Total Presumptive: 5 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,122 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  14 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 December 30, 2020 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:  2,148 Total Positives:        24       Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,117 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  7 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 December 29, 2020 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:  2,141 Total Positives:        24       Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,112 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 December 28, 2020 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:  2,136 Total Positives:        22       Total Presumptive: 2 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,099 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.

Attention: Letter to the Community Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines

Tribal Council

December 21, 2020 Nooksack Tribal Community, We anticipate the arrival of vaccine to help prevent the spread of COVID in the near future. The vaccine will allow us to protect those most vulnerable to the disease and will prevent infection in many individuals. Like the influenza vaccine, it is likely to reduce the severity of disease even when it may not be able to prevent the infection entirely. The immunization will also break the chain of infection by preventing the transmission of the disease from one person to another once they are immunized. We expect the vaccine to arrive either this week or next. We are working hard to get other training and procedures in place to safely vaccinate the community. The Tribe has set the priorities for Elders and healthcare providers with the first doses. As the amount of vaccine increases, we will be able to vaccinate everyone that wants immunization in the future. Please check the Tribal Website for updates on the supply of vaccine. As a healthcare worker, I expect to get the immunization; I would not give the vaccine to others unless I thought it was safe for myself and our families. The vaccine is veryRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 December 18, 2020 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:  2,119 Total Positives:        17       Total Presumptive: 2 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      2,056 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  46 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 December 16, 2020 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:  2,030 Total Positives:        9 (6 Nooksack Tribal members; 1 Non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community; 1 Non-Tribal member resides within the Tribal community; 1 Non-Tribal spouse resides within the Tribal community) Total Presumptive: 6 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      1,992 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  29 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.

Public Notice: COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Distribution UPDATE

Tribal Council

PUBLIC NOTICE December 16, 2020 Update: All checks must be cashed immediately, prior to 3/15/2021. As of Monday, December 14, 2020 the Nooksack Tribal Council approved a one-time Emergency General Welfare Assistance Distribution in response to COVID-19 to all enrolled Tribal members regardless of age. No action is required. With the confirmation of positive COVID-19 cases within the Nooksack community, this distribution is intended to assist with COVID-19 spread within the Tribal community. Under the Council’s 12/9/20 Shelter in Place Order, all residents are mandated to stay home effective until further notice. Due to funding restrictions, the December COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Distribution will have no reissue of checks. All checks must be cashed immediately, prior to 3/15/2021. This will likely be the last emergency distribution related to COVID-19. The Council has amended Title 99 – General Welfare Ordinance so there is no tax implication to the member for this distribution. Nooksack Tribal Council and staff will do their best to mail out the distribution to each Tribal member by Wednesday, December 16, 2020, though please expect offices to be busy in this preparation under limited staffing operations due to the governmental closure. Please stay home and stay safe. Wear your maskRead More

Situation Report Week of Dec. 8 – Dec. 14

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Dec. 8 – Dec. 14 With confirmed positive COVID-19 cases within the Tribal community, the Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) emphasizes masking and distancing. Most cases are spread between friends, neighbors, and relatives. Masking is a personal responsibility and a way of honoring and protecting others.The Nooksack Clinic has done an outstanding job in managing COVID-19 cases within the community. All known direct contacts have been tested and are in quarantine.The Clinic received and installed the specialized ultra-cold medical freezer to hold the anticipated COVID-19 vaccines.COVID-19 vaccines are estimated to arrive 12/28/20 for Nooksack healthcare workers.The Tribal Council accepts the State of Washington Department of Health vaccine prioritization. The Council supports vaccine access for ALL Nooksack Tribal members. Native Americans are disproportionately impacted and have increased risk to COVID-19.On 12/14/20, the Nooksack Tribal Council approves an Emergency Distribution to all enrolled Tribal members, regardless of age, to mitigate further spread of COVID-19. No action is required. All checks will need to be cashed immediately, prior to 3/15/21, and no checks will be reissued due to funding restrictions.The Tribal Council approves $10,000 in additional funding for the Nooksack Uluquance house homeless shelter for necessary appliancesRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 December 15, 2020 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:  2,007 Total Positives:        7 (1 Non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community; 5 Nooksack Tribal members; 1 Non-Tribal spouse) Total Presumptive: 3 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      1,987 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  13 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.

Public Notice: COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Distribution

Tribal Council

PUBLIC NOTICE December 15, 2020 As of Monday, December 14, 2020 the Nooksack Tribal Council approved a one-time Emergency General Welfare Assistance Distribution in response to COVID-19 to all enrolled Tribal members regardless of age. No action is required. With the confirmation of positive COVID-19 cases within the Nooksack community, this distribution is intended to assist with COVID-19 spread within the Tribal community. Under the Council’s 12/9/20 Shelter in Place Order, all residents are mandated to stay home effective until further notice. Due to funding restrictions, the December COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Distribution will have no reissue of checks. All checks must be cashed immediately, prior to 12/30/20. This will likely be the last emergency distribution related to COVID-19. The Council has amended Title 99 – General Welfare Ordinance so there is no tax implication to the member for this distribution. Nooksack Tribal Council and staff will do their best to mail out the distribution to each Tribal member by Wednesday, December 16, 2020, though please expect offices to be busy in this preparation under limited staffing operations due to the governmental closure. Please stay home and stay safe. Wear your mask and practice distancing. If you have a cough, fever,Read More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 December 14, 2020 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:  1,996 Total Positives:        7 (1 Non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community; 5 Nooksack Tribal members; 1 Non-Tribal spouse) Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      1,954 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  35 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 December 11, 2020 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:  1,961 Total Positives:  4 (1 Non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community; 2 Nooksack Tribal member; 1 Non-Tribal spouse) Total Presumptive: 2 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      1,892 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  65 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.

COVID-19 Relief Kits for Diabetic Patients

Health Center

The Nooksack Clinic has received COVID-19 relief kits provided by Northwest Area Indian Health Board to give out to our registered diabetic patients. Kits include: disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, pulse oximeter, premier protein bars, and a first aid kit. The Clinic hopes to deliver these kits directly to our patients with help from our CHRs. Priority will be given to active registered patients.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 December 10, 2020 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:  1,955 Total Positives:        4  (1 Non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community; 2 Nooksack Tribal members; 1 Non-Tribal spouse) Total Presumptive: 2 (Rapid test; included in pending results)    Total Negatives:      1,890 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  61 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.

Nooksack Clinic Closure Information for December

Health Center

The Health Clinic will be closed Monday 12/21 through Friday 12/25 for Christmas week. In the event of an emergency dial 911 After-hours 24-hour Community Care line:  1-855-520-7513For Prescription Refills:  Please contact your pharmacy no later than 12/14/2020 to allow time for processing. For COVID screening and testing: Expect wait times to be up to 1-Hr. Care Medical:     4043 Northwest Ave. Bellingham, WA 98226. Phone:                 360-734-4300 Hours:                  Monday-Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday-Sunday 9 am – 4 pm When you arrive, follow the instructions at the COVID check-in station just inside their front entrance, then you may complete your check-in process from your vehicle. Same day, Walk-In appointments only. If you have urgent, same-day medical issues please refer to the following: Care Medical Group 4043 Northwest Avenue. Bellingham, WA 98226  Phone:  (360) 734-4300  OPEN 7 DAYS a week Hours:  Mon & Fri:  8am-6pm  Tues – Thurs:  8am – 5pm. Sat-Sun:  9am-4pm INSURANCE:  Cigna, HMA, Premera, Regence This clinic does NOT accept: DSHS (Medicaid) & Medicare PeaceHealth Same-Day Care Clinic (Clock Tower Building) 3015 Squalicum Parkway Suite 140. Bellingham, WA 98225 Phone: 360-788-8420 Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am – 8 pm. Sat-Sun: 8 am – 6 pm *Accepts most insurance plans andRead More

Public Notice: UPDATE First Presumptive Positive Cases

Administration

PUBLIC NOTICE December 9, 2020 UPDATE: As of today, December 9, 2020, the Nooksack Indian Tribe has five (5) presumptive positive novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases based on a link to a known case outside the community, symptoms, and rapid antigen testing. Final PCR test results are pending and will confirm the diagnosis. These cases are Tribal members and include Tribal employees. At this point, the presumptive positive cases are in isolation. All close contacts from these pending cases have been identified, notified, and are in quarantine. If you were not contacted by Nooksack Clinic staff as a primary contact then you do not need to worry about significant potential exposure. Direct exposure is considered being within 6 feet of a positive person for more than 15 minutes without wearing a mask. We understand that news of potential cases within our community could create uncertainty. Please know that our task force is working intensively to limit exposure, help those who need help, and perform the work necessary to keep the government operational and the entire community safe. Please stay diligent and stay safe. Wear your mask and practice distancing. If you have a cough, fever (100.4 or greater), or lose yourRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 December 9, 2020 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:  1,926 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)  Total Negatives:      1,885 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  40 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.

Shelter In Place Order Effective: December 9, 2020 Until Further Notice

Tribal Council

SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER SUMMARY Effective: December 9, 2020 until further notice WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Effective immediately on December 9, 2020, the Nooksack Indian Tribe is mandating that all residents shelter in place, which will remain in effect until further notice. This is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means that all residents residing on Nooksack Tribal land are required to stay in their homes at all times, unless for essential activities (outlined below). All residents are restricted from gatherings of people that do not normally live together. WHERE DOES THIS APPLY? Nooksack Indian Tribe Reservation and all lands held in trust for the Nooksack Indian Tribe (regardless of their location). ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES (maintaining 6-foot distance from other people):  Fishing and hunting (with only household members)Grocery shoppingMedical care/ pharmacyBankingCare for a sick and/or elder memberGet gasOutdoor activities (with only household members) (avoid playgrounds and other populated areas) TRIBAL GOVERNMENT: The government is operating with very limited staff (many telecommuting) in order to provide vital governmental services, such as, food, public safety and medical care. CLINIC/MEDICATIONS: Contact the clinic with regard to your medications and clinic hours. If you need medical attention, call the clinic first. If youRead More

Situation Report Week of Dec. 1 – Dec. 7

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Dec. 1 – Dec. 7 The Nooksack Clinic should expect the ultra-cold freezer to arrive mid-December, in order to store the anticipated arrival of COVID-19 vaccines. The initial vaccines are expected around the same time.The Tribal Council and Nooksack Health Officer Dr. Frank James host a COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Question and Answer Session. The session included two guests from the University of Washington vaccine trial with several questions from participants.The Nooksack Health Clinic test all staff after Thanksgiving, some 348 tests. The Tribe operates on essential staff, with all Tribal offices remaining open, until employees test negative and are able to return to work.All staff testing will continue after the Christmas holiday, followed by a subsequent essential staff week. All Tribal offices will remain open during this time.Applicants are encouraged to apply for the COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Community Outreach Coordinator, open until Dec. 9. This salaried position will be in place for 2 years. The position is a great opportunity to learn about medical careers and work doctors and nurses in the vaccine study.The new WA Notify alert allows citizens to receive anonymous phone notifications if they come in contact with someone who hasRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 December 8, 2020 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:  1,901 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)         Total Negatives:      1,883 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  17 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.

Public Notice: First Presumptive Positive Cases

Administration

PUBLIC NOTICE December 8, 2020 As of today, December 8, 2020, the Nooksack Indian Tribe has three (3) presumptive positive novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases based on a link to a known case outside the community, symptoms, and rapid antigen testing. Final PCR test results are pending and expected back tomorrow which will confirm the diagnosis. These three cases are Tribal members, two of which are Tribal employees. As a result, the office spaces have been deep cleaned and disinfected, along with regular high-touch sanitization. At this point, the presumptive positive cases are in isolation. All close contacts from these pending cases have been identified, notified, and are in quarantine. If you were not contacted by Nooksack Clinic staff as a primary contact then you do not need to worry about significant potential exposure. Direct exposure is considered being within 6 feet of a positive person for more than 15 minutes without wearing a mask. We understand that news of potential cases within our community could create uncertainty. Please know that our task force is working intensively to limit exposure, help those who need help, and perform the work necessary to keep the government operational and the entire community safe. PleaseRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 December 7, 2020 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:  1,894 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)         Total Negatives:      1,883 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  10 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 December 4, 2020 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:  1,884 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)  Total Negatives:      1,772 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  111 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 December 3, 2020 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:  1,831 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)         Total Negatives:      1,771 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  59 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.

Situation Report Week of Nov. 24 – Nov. 30

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Nov. 24 – Nov. 30 The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) and Health Clinic initiate staff testing after the holidays. All employees will be tested prior to return to work after both Thanksgiving and Christmas. A new form of batch testing will be utilized, which is the same quality of testing and much more cost effective for the Tribe. During this time, the Tribe will operate on essential staff, with all Tribal offices remaining open.Applicants are encouraged to apply for the COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Community Outreach Coordinator, open until Dec. 9. This salaried position will be in place for 2 years. The position is a great opportunity to learn about medical careers and work doctors and nurses in the vaccine study.Health Officer Dr. Frank James organizes Nooksack COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Question and Answer Session for Nooksack Tribal members. Materials will be made available for public viewing.The new WA Notify app allows citizens to receive anonymous phone notifications if they come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app does not use location services, but rather, shares a Bluetooth code with other cellphones using the app.The NPRT discusses the pros andRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 December 2, 2020 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:  1,782 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)  Total Negatives:      1,550 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  231 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 November 30, 2020 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:  1,655 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)  Total Negatives:      1,545 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  109 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 November 25, 2020 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:  1,544 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)         Total Negatives:      1,506 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  37 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.

Situation Report Week of Nov. 17 – Nov. 23

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Nov. 17 – Nov. 23 Cases in Whatcom County continue to grow as the holiday season approaches. Families are encouraged to gather with just their household. This fall is anticipated to be the darkest hour of the COVID-19 pandemic, prior to the release of vaccines. Nooksack Tribal members are asked to remain diligent, wear masks, and practice distancing.The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) and the Tribal Council work to review vaccine prioritization within the Tribe, once vaccines become available for distribution.The NPRT works to initiate the staff testing plan after the holidays. All employees will be tested prior to return to work after both Thanksgiving and Christmas. A new form of batch testing will be utilized, which is the same quality of testing and much more cost effective for the Tribe.The NPRT and the Nooksack Health Clinic continue to search for a medical freezer and equipment to store anticipated COVID-19 vaccine at ultra-low temperatures. Several manufacturers are backordered due to the demand for such equipment.Applications are reviewed for new staff positions to assist Nooksack with the COVID-19 vaccine trial, in partnership with Lummi and University of Washington.The Tribal Council plans a Q&A Session onRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 November 24, 2020 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:  1,538 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)         Total Negatives:      1,505 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  32 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 November 23, 2020 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:  1,522 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)  Total Negatives:      1,505 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  16 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 November 20, 2020 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:  1,507 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)  Total Negatives:      1,464 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  42 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 November 19, 2020 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:  1,496 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)  Total Negatives:      1,453 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  42 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 November 18, 2020 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:  1,485 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)  Total Negatives:      1,446 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  38 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.

Council Approves Tribal Holiday Assistance Program

Tribal Council

On November 2nd the Nooksack Tribal Council approved Tribal Holiday Assistance Program checks. Please update your address with Enrollment prior to November 30th. Forms and information can be found on our website, here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 November 17, 2020 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:  1,467 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)  Total Negatives:      1,445 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  21 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.

Situation Report Week of Nov. 10 – Nov. 16

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Nov. 10 – Nov. 16 Due to increased COVID-19 case reports, the Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) discourages travel and gathering indoors. Cases are most commonly spread by friends, family, and relatives. This fall is expected to see the highest case volume across the nation, prior to the release of viable vaccines for the public.NPRT and the Tribal Council assess Governor Inslee’s November 15, 2020 state-wide restrictions announced for the next 4-week period, and its possible implications for the Nooksack government and casino. The NPRT feels confident in the policies and measures it has set in place to protect employees, including health screenings, cleaning, shorted hours, staggered shifts, randomized testing, etc.Discussions include amending the Nooksack Fitness Pandemic Policy to include mask use during exercise. The policy already states a maximum of 5 physically-distant participants.The Tribe releases four new positions related to the COVID-19 vaccine trial – two part-time physicians, a community outreach coordinator, and a non-emergency transporter. Read the full document here. Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.

Situation Report Week of Nov. 3 – Nov. 9

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Nov. 3 – Nov. 9 The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) notes the expected increase in COVID-19 cases locally and nationally. Cases are expected to be the highest this fall with holiday gatherings, indoor activities, and expected COVID fatigue. All Nooksack Tribal members are encouraged to gather with small household groups for the holidays, with extra diligence to keep COVID-19 cases outside the Nooksack community.The NPRT plans for up-coming holiday closures and staff safety measures for reopening.The Nooksack Clinic and NPRT are currently preparing an isolation and quarantine policy, in anticipation of Nooksack families in need.The Nooksack Clinic purchases a medical freezer and equipment to store anticipated COVID-19 vaccines, which require ultra-low storage temperatures.The Fitness Center begins opening under new guidelines and limited capacity this week. Read the full document here. Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.

Situation Report Week of Oct. 27 – Nov. 2

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Oct. 27 – Nov. 2 The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) notes the increase in COVID-19 cases locally and nationally. Cases are expected to increase this fall with holiday gatherings, indoor activities, and expected COVID fatigue. All Tribal members are encouraged to use caution when gathering for the holidays.NPRT prepares for the fall by making sure COVID-19 procedures, appropriate staffing, and operations for essential staff during inclement weather are in place.NPRT is currently preparing an isolation and quarantine policy, in anticipation of Nooksack families in need.The Nooksack Clinic receives funding for its new expanded drive-through medical tent, which is now in place for COVID-19 testing.Progress is made on the vaccine trial preparation and staff hiring process to support the work.The Nooksack Clinic looks into the purchase of an ultra-cold freezer to store COVID-19 vaccines.The staff Pandemic Policy is updated to include guidelines on out-of-staff house guests, says a memo from Nooksack Health Officer Dr. Frank James.The Nooksack Fitness Center Pandemic Policy is approved. The Fitness Center will begin opening soon under new guidelines and limited capacity.Household Disinfectant Kits are distributed to Nooksack families. Social Services delivers 119 Disinfectant Kits to those eligible in WhatcomRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 November 4, 2020 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:  1,360 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)         Total Negatives:      1,339 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  20 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.

Nooksack Fitness Center to Open Soon

Health Center

Starting next week, the Nooksack Fitness Center will begin slowly opening with safety protocols in place. Starting Monday November 9th, noon fitness classes will resume.   As of now, there will be only 1 fitness class a day. This will be the 12 pm class on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (no Wednesday). The Fitness Center will slowly add more classes back into the schedule if all goes well. This class will be hosted in the Sulwhanon community building each day. Social distancing guidelines must be followed. New waivers and acknowledgement forms must be signed as well for all participants. You MUST wear a mask to class – this can be removed once the class is started and everyone is socially distanced. OPEN GYM: The Fitness Center will also be opening the cardio room from 12 pm – 1 pm each day for open gym. ONLY 5 PEOPLE MAY BE IN THE GYM AT A TIME. Masks must be worn, and social distancing guidelines must be followed. Proper cleanup will be required after use of any machine. Attached are the safety protocols that must be followed for participation in fitness classes or open gym. Read these over before beginning class.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 November 2, 2020 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:  1,340 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)         Total Negatives:      1,329 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  10 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.

Behavioral Health Incentive Plan & Schedule

Health Center

The new session for Nooksack Behavioral Health Virtual Groups begins October 13, 2020 and continues until January 29, 2020. Call 360-966-2376 to register your child.

Situation Report Week of Oct. 20 – Oct. 26

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Oct. 20 – Oct. 26 The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) discusses the benefits of doing employee testing in batches of 10, a common practice for large organizations to save on costs. The practice is recommended for Nooksack by Health Officer, Dr. Frank James.The NPRT discusses the impacts of the fall flu season on employees, such as applying the Pandemic Policy and differentiating COVID symptoms between the flu, cold, or allergies.Dr. Frank James notes that COVID-19 is spreading both globally and locally. Thanksgiving is expected to have an increase of cases in Whatcom County.The Nooksack Clinic plans to bring on an additional nurse and a few emergency temporary staff to assist with COVID-19 testing, coverage, and response within the Tribe.The NPRT discusses Nooksack’s participation in the vaccine trial and future immunization plans for Tribal members. Native Americans are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.Household disinfectant kits are complete and a drive-thru event is organized for Oct. 29th to pass out kits to Nooksack families prior to the fall flu season.Initial plans are underway with the Economic and Planning Department for construction of a new COVID-response pole building in Deming. The building will provideRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 October 26, 2020 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:  1,286 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)         Total Negatives:      1,275 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  10 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 October 23, 2020 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:  1276 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)         Total Negatives:      1266 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  9 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 October 21, 2020 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:  1258 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)         Total Negatives:      1233 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  24 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 October 20, 2020 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:  1248 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)         Total Negatives:      1233 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  14 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.

Situation Report Week of Oct. 13 – Oct. 19

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Oct. 13 – Oct. 19 The vaccine trial partnership with University of Washington, Lummi Nation, and Nooksack chooses Novavax vaccine for its trial. As part of the grant, Nooksack will hire two part-time doctors and a full-time community outreach liaison for the duration of the trial.Initial plans are underway with the Economic and Planning Department for construction of a new COVID-response pole building in Deming. The building will provide storage for PPE and related COVID supplies, and provide an out-of-home isolation center for Nooksack.Household disinfectant kits are complete and a drive-thru event is organized for Oct. 29th to pass out kits to Nooksack families prior to the fall flu season.The Veterans Program, limited education programs, and Nooksack fitness center all work on protocols for safe operational procedures to be approved prior to meeting.The Tribal Council also approves safety measures for use of the community building. The Clinic reports that the randomized testing for all governmental employees is going well. Read the full document here. Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 October 19, 2020 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:  1234 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)         Total Negatives:      1220 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  13 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 October 16, 2020 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:  1221 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)         Total Negatives:      1196 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  24 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 October 15, 2020 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:  1209 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)         Total Negatives:      1196 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  12 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 October 14, 2020 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:  1197 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)         Total Negatives:      1184 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  12 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.

Situation Report Week of Oct. 6 – Oct. 12

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Oct. 6 – Oct. 12 Progress is made on Nooksack’s up-coming opportunity to participate in a new and safe vaccine trial with the University of Washington and Lummi Nation.The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) and Health Officer Dr. Frank James discuss a potential (and tentatively hopeful) timeline for the release of an effective vaccine for COVID-19.The Nooksack Health Clinic schedules several Flu Clinics for Tribal members and employees.As the holidays approach, the NPRT discusses ways to encourage limiting large gatherings, and exposure to enclosed spaces such as restaurants and bathrooms, which are high-risk areas.As the fall season approaches, the NPRT defines how to get tested for COVID-19 for Nooksack and will get the word out to Tribal members on the website media channels. Read the full document here. Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 October 13, 2020 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:  1185 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community)         Total Negatives:      1167 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  17 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 of Auction: Fishing Gear by Sealed Bid Auction

Law Enforcement

Notice of Auction: Notice is hereby given pursuant to N.C.L. Title 10, § 10.12.100(a)(2), that the following items will be sold by way of sealed bid auction.  Fishing Nets: ITEM 1: 5-inch mesh, with floats – river netITEM 2: 4.75-inch mesh, with floats – river netITEM 3: 7-inch mesh, with floats- – river net Recreational Crab Pot: ITEM 4: pot with line and floatITEM 5: pot with line and floatITEM 6: pot with line and floatITEM 7: pot with line and floatITEM 8: pot with line and floatITEM 9: pot with line and float Commercial Crab Pot: ITEM 10: Large Aluminum crab pot with line and float. Interested parties shall complete the bid form in its entirety and return in a sealed envelope to the Nooksack Tribal Police Department no later than November 13, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. Bid forms are available at the Nooksack Tribal Police Department. The high bidder will be notified and required to make payment in good funds (checks, IOUs, promises to pay will not be accepted) to the Tribe’s Accounting Office no later than Nov. 17, 2020 by 4:00p.m. In the event the winning bidder is unable to satisfy these terms, the next highest bidderRead More

Situation Report Week of Sept. 29 – Oct. 5

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Sept. 29 – Oct. 5 The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) looks into the potential need for a comfortable isolation location for expected Nooksack COVID-19 cases this fall.Nooksack Social Services continues to deliver about 60 hot meals, 5 days a week, to eligible participants. Due to safety precaution and the closure of the Elders Community building, this is over double the amount of meals delivered pre-pandemic.Staff work to find a solution to ship Chromebooks to Canadian Tribal youth, as part of the Student-Aged Chromebook Assistance Program.Staff continue to work on sourcing household sanitization supplies for kits. The Market Center helps with sourcing supplies.The Nooksack Casino reports continuing to test 10% of its employees each week, with about 50% of staff tested so far.The Market Center reports completion of testing all employees for COVID-19. Read the full document here. Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.

Behavioral Health Incentive Plan & Schedule

Behavioral Health

The new session for Nooksack Behavioral Health Virtual Groups begins October 13, 2020 and continues until January 29, 2020. Call 360-966-2376 to register your child.

Notice: Burn Ban Lifted

Administration

The burn ban declared on September 14, 2020, is now hereby lifted. If you have any questions on open burning on Nooksack Tribal lands, please contact the Nooksack Police Department at (360) 592-9065. Burn responsibly.

Situation Report Week of Sept. 22 – Sept. 28

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Sept. 22 – Sept. 28 The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) discusses the fall flu season and expected increase in cases, including the potential need for isolation locations.Supplies are purchased for the Nooksack Uluquance house homeless shelter.Social Services works with Health Officer, Dr. James, on protocols for the Elder Community building in the case of electrical power outages.GED classes to resume with safety recommendations from Health Officer, Dr. James. The Nooksack Clinic works to order a customized mobile clinic van unit for the community. NPRT identifies a potential grant for tents, heaters, and PPE in order to provide season extension to Nooksack services outdoors this fall and winter.Staff continue to work on sourcing household sanitization supplies for kits.The Nooksack Casino reports continuing to test 10% of its employees each week.The Market Center reports completion of testing all employees for COVID-19. Read the full document here. Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 September 29, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of September 29, 2020, The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 1 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:  1058 Total Positives:        1 (non-Tribal employee, resides outside Tribal community) Total Negatives:      1044 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  13 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.

New Ts’ simit To’ :lme’Is Program

Education

The Nooksack Tribal Council approved contracting four Iweste’leq (similar to a certified teacher role) and four Iweste’leq Mi’ ytel (similar to a Para Educator role) to support Nooksack students and families in a project called the Ts’ simit To’ :lme’ Is, which in the Halq’emeylem language means nurturing wisdom. The Ts’ simit To’ :lme’s dsign is to support families support their student master the new way of learning virtually and at a distance.  Here are a few examples of what the TS’ SIMMIT TO’ :LME’LS has to offer: reading intervention; math intervention (skill development understanding math skills, practicing math problems, applying math to real life and world problems); STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) discovery through activities; tutoring; homeschool strategies and support; and family choice as it related to promoting learning and success in school. For further information, getting to know the staff, and how to sign up, the Education Department invites you to join the TS’ SIMMIT TO’ :LME’LS Facebook page. If you would like to receive updates and to take advantage of the many opportunities and offerings, please like the page. You may also contact the Education Department at 360-966-9696 ext. 4101 or rdwilliams@nooksack-nsn.gov.

Situation Report Week of Sept. 15 – Sept. 21

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Sept. 15 – Sept. 21 The Nooksack government begins randomized COVID testing for 20% of its employees each week.Nooksack Pandemic Response Team works on preparation for participation in the COVID-19 vaccine trial in partnership with the University of Washington and the Lummi Nation.Mask Packs are mailed to all enrolled Nooksack Youth. These set-of-five washable cloth masks will be arriving soon to all households. No action required for families to receive mask packs.The Market Center is finalizing its Pandemic Policy for employees, with guidance from the Nooksack Health Officer.Household sanitization supply kits are on hold as some of the items are out of stock or hard to find in quantity for all Nooksack families.Social Services reports that Nooksack food vouchers remain consistent each month.The General Manager reminds staff and directors to remain diligent with mask use at the office, as it is easy to become comfortable with coworkers and work space. Read the full document here. Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 September 15, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of September 15, 2020, The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 1 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:  911 Total Positives:        1          Total Negatives:      905 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  6 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.

Situation Report Week of Sept. 8 – Sept. 14

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Sept. 8 – Sept. 14 Nooksack has its first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 on Sept. 10, 2020. The first case was a non-Tribal member employee who resides outside of the Tribal community. Contacts were tested yielding no further positive cases. Lona Johnson, Health Director, states that this is evidence that our Pandemic Policies and protocols are working. The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team will continue to update the Pandemic Policy in answer to current circumstances and taking into consideration cultural events.Staff mail checks for the 4th COVID-19 Emergency Distribution in the amount of $500.Nooksack releases the COVID Food and Utilities Assistance Application. The application is available online and was mailed to each household. All enrolled Tribal members 18 years and older are eligible. This funding is provided by a grant from the federal CARES Act. Applications are due Sept. 23, 2020.The Uluquance House is undergoing renovation to serve those experiencing homelessness in the Nooksack community. The project is provided by CARES Act grant funding.Staff assemble and prepare to mail Mask Packs to all enrolled Nooksack youth. No action required by families to receive these washable masks. Read the full document here. Please find all documents onRead More

Burn Ban Notice: All Outdoor Burning Prohibited

Administration

BURN BAN NOTICE September 15, 2020 Effective Immediately Please be informed that ALL outdoor burning is now unlawful on property owned by the Nooksack Indian Tribe including the Nooksack Housing Sites. For the safety of our community, the Nooksack Tribe prohibits all burning. Prohibited burning is a Class C offense. All outdoor burning should be reported to the Nooksack Tribal Police Department for enforcement of the aforementioned Nooksack law. Any questions please call the Tribal Police Department 360-592-9065.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 September 14, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of September 14, 2020, The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 1 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:  905 Total Positives:        1          Total Negatives:      889 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 September 11, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of September 11, 2020, The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 1 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:  890 Total Positives:        1          Total Negatives:      860 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  29 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.

Deming Public Library Job: Nooksack Indian Tribe Focus

Uncategorized

The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is accepting applications for a full-time Public Services Assistant (PSA) – Nooksack Indian Tribe Focus position at the Deming Library. The PSA provides a complete range of library services and develops and maintains connections with patrons, organizations, and others, with a focus on the Nooksack Indian Tribe. Requires High School Diploma or equivalent, and three or more years’ relevant experience or equivalent combination, and excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to speak and understand English. 40 regularly scheduled weekly hours. $17.6631 per hour, with excellent benefits. Open until filled, with first application review occurring on October 9. Learn more about this exciting opportunity and get details on how to apply by clicking on the job posting.

Coming Soon: Mask Packs for all Nooksack Tribal Youth

Administration

Coming soon: Mask Packs for all Nooksack Tribal youth. Washable mask packs will arrive in the mail. Brought to Nooksack by generous CARES Act funding to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Public Health Memo: First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

Administration, Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 September 10, 2020 Greetings Nooksack Community, As of Thursday, September 10, 2020, the Nooksack Indian Tribe has confirmed our first positive case of SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19, known as Coronavirus). Case #1 Non-Tribal member employee who resides outside of the tribal community Total tests collected by the Nooksack Health Clinic:  868 Total Positives:            1          Total Negatives:          837 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  30 Total Recovered:  N/A The Medical Clinic team is taking immediate steps to identify close contacts and instruct them to self-quarantine and is prepared to offer testing to those that are exposed and experiencing symptoms. The Medical Clinic will continue to work closely with Whatcom County officials to track any affected individuals. If there are any questions, please call the Medical Clinic Staff at (360) 966-2106. Be Well and Be Safe! The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 September 10, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of September 10, 2020, The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 1 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:  868 Total Positives:        1          Total Negatives:      837 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  30 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.

Situation Report Week of Sept. 1 – Sept. 7

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Sept. 1- Sept. 7 Nooksack Tribal Council approves participation in COVID vaccine trial for willing Nooksack Tribal members, recommended by Health Officer Dr. Frank James. A temporary vaccine outreach coordinator and additional physician will be hired to help facilitate the program. More information to come regarding Nooksack participation.10% of Nooksack Northwood Casino employees begin testing with the Clinic. Testing will continue with 10% of employees each week to test all 104 employees.NPRT discusses current government hours of operation. Many families with children are juggling the start of virtual school, childcare, and work, during unusual COVID times.Nooksack to work with Washington State Department of Health on a localized COVID media campaign with Tribal members. Read the full document here. Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 September 9, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of September 9, 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:  838 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      831 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  7 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.

Virtual Groups for Nooksack Youth

Behavioral Health

Participate in Nooksack’s weekly Virtual Groups three times a week with the After School Program. To register, call Behavior Health at 360-966-2376. Nooksack Tribal community members: Please register your child with the After School Program. Your child can participate in Virtual Groups hosted by the Nooksack Behavioral Health in collaboration with the After School Program on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 4 pm.   Contact Behavioral Health front desk to register your child with a phone number or email for attending Virtual Groups. Once we know you are registered, you will get reminder call or text massage from us before the group time. Please also call us for resolving any barriers, or problems you may face in getting online for Virtual Group participation for your children. We will do our best to help you. Behavior Health at 360-966-2376. Virtual Groups Schedule for 2020/2021

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 September 8, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of September 8, 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:  831 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      825 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  6 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.

Food and Utilities Assistance Application

Administration

The Nooksack Indian Tribe CARES Act funding is available to all Tribal members 18 years and older. Please fill out the 2020 COVID-19 Food and Utilities Assistance Application online, or print and return to the Nooksack Administration Office. NOTE: If a member is going to turn 18 between 9/23/2020 and 12/30/2020, they will need to turn in an application by 9/23/2020. EXAMPLE: member turns 18 on November 22, 2020 – they will received a December check for $250. Applications are due September 23, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 September 2, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of September 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:  791 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      783 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  8 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.

Situation Report Week of August 24 – August 31

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Aug. 24 – Aug. 31st During the week of government-wide closure, all government buildings are deep cleaned and sanitized by a hired specialist company.UV air scrubbers are installed in all government buildings. This impressive project is provided by COVID-19 funding to insure safer working conditions for Nooksack employees.Dr. James is working on potential participation in vaccine trials for Nooksack.Chromebooks are distributed to Nooksack Tribal students. However, staff are facing an obstacle in shipping Chromebooks to our Canadian Tribal members due to the battery content of the package. Staff are actively working on a solution to get all Chromebooks shipped to students.Nooksack begins to offer the descendant Chromebook option for purchase at a discounted cost.Some applications are now available online for safe and convenient non-contact process.Whatcom Unified Command hosts a mobile testing site at the old Nooksack River building.10% of Casino employees will begin testing with the Clinic this week.The Pandemic Response Team acknowledges the need for conversations about the intersection of cultural events and COVID-19.Discussions continue regarding Nooksack education, Head Start, and youth programs. Read the full document here. Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 September 1, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of September 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:  784 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      779 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 August 31, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of August 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:  779 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      772 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  7 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.

New! Chromebooks for Students Application Now Online

Administration, IT, Tribal Council

Is your student in need of a device for distance learning? Nooksack youth may be eligible for Google Chromebooks. We realize that during the pandemic, youth may need access distance learning, education resources, tutoring, youth programing, and health and other necessary services. The School-Aged Chromebook Assistance Program Policy is Resolution #20-73, passed by Tribal Council (6/16/2020). This is a needs-based program. To receive a Chromebook an application must be completed and submitted.  Paper applications are available here. Contact 360-592-5176 for questions. Applications can be sent to the Administration Office P.O. Box 157, Deming, WA, 98244 OR emailed to callen@nooksack-nsn.gov. (There are a limited number of descendant Chromebooks available for purchase. The descendant application can be found separately here.) Families may now also apply for Chromebooks online! Deadline September 30, 2020. — This application deadline has now passed. —

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 August 28, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of August 28, 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:  772 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      770 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  2 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.

Limited Number of Chromebooks Available for Nooksack Descendants

Administration

Available to Nooksack descendant children – Chromebooks for $192.00 (the Tribe’s cost).  Parent must be enrolled in the Nooksack Indian Tribe. Child must be ages 5-19 and be enrolled in elementary / middle / high school. Parent must provide a birth certificate. Applications are due by 9/30/2020.  There are 25 Chromebooks available. It is first apply and pay – first served.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 August 27, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of August 27, 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:  770 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      765 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.

CSBG Tribal CARES Act Plan for Public Review

Social Services

For Public Review: CSBG Tribal CARES Act Plan Review Period 08/27/2020-09/12/2020 This Nooksack Tribal CSBG Tribal CARES Act Plan is being made available on the Nooksack Tribal Web Page for public review and comment. CSBG Care Act Funds will be used to support individuals and families with urgent needs for food, shelter, energy assistance, and college educational supplies. Please send comments and suggestions to Heidi Davis at hdavis@nooksack-nsn.gov. Thank you! What are the policies and/or procedures for determining eligibility? To find out whether they are eligible, Tribal Members shall notify the Social Service Department when a specific need(s) arises. The Eligibility Criteria which are the HHS Poverty Guidelines for 2018 will be applied to determine financial need during the application process. If all requirements are met, the applicant shall then receive assistance prioritizing the lowest-income and most urgent needs. The families and individuals who meet the 2018 poverty guidelines will be served in terms of food, shelter, energy assistance, and college educational supplies, as needed.  Individuals must first notify the Social Services Department of their needs: – An application will need to be filed. – Staff will then review the application along with financial verification;      • The applicant mustRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 August 26, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of August 26, 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:  765 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      762 Total Indeterminate:   0 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 August 25, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of August 25, 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:  762 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      756 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  6 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.

New! COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Application Now Online

Administration

Notice: We have had a great amount of COVID-19 Emergency Distribution applications returned. Please continue to send them in if you haven’t already. NEW: Online form now available to complete your application, if you have not done so already. Due to the complexities of travel, health, and safety during COVID-19, we now have a convenient online form available. The application for the 4th Distribution for COVID-19 Emergency Assistance is in the amount $500. The application is a federal requirement for the federal CARES Act Funding. All tribal members are eligible to receive the funds as long as an application is submitted. Checks will be mailed in early September. — The deadline for this application has now passed. —

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 August 24, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of August 24, 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:  756 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      738 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  18 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.

Smoothie Project: What About Low Glycemic Smoothies?

Health Center

Ask a Nutritionist: What about low glycemic smoothies? Today with Nooksack Smoothie Project, low glycemic smoothies with Barb Himes, Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist: The glycemic index (GI) is a way of measuring how quickly food items will raise blood sugars. Generally, a lower scoring food means the body will absorb the sugar more slowly than a food with a higher GI. This means that a low GI food is less likely to cause a blood sugar spike. The lowest GI score would be for water, at 0, and the highest is for glucose, at 103. Choose foods with a lower GI whenever possible.  Low GI foods (55 or less): Oranges, dates, plain yogurt, mango, boiled carrots, rolled oats, unsweetened soy or almond milk.Medium GI foods (56-69): Pineapple, pumpkin, sweet potato, instant oatmeal, watermelon, rice milk. Smoothie tips to remember: While a food may have a low GI score, it is important to account for the carbohydrate content. The GI score of fruit increases as it ripens. Processing (juicing, blending and cooking) increases the GI score. For example, drinking orange juice has a higher score than eating a whole orange because the body absorbs the sugar more quickly.  Source: Medical NewsRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 August 14, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of August 14, 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:  738 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      732 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  6 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.

Nooksack Head Start Health Priorities Survey

Early Childhood Education

Nooksack Head Start has a short four-question Community Health priorities survey as part of preparation for the new Head Start Health Advisory Committee. Please complete the survey here. Survey closes Oct. 21, 2020. Learn more about Early Childhood Education on their website here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 August 13, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of August 13, 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:  733 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      725 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  8 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 August 12, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of August 12, 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:  726 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      725 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  1 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.

Situation Report Week of August 4 – August 10

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Aug. 4 – Aug. 10 Nooksack prepares for a week of closure Aug. 17- Aug. 21st for deep cleaning and the installation of UV air scrubbers in government facilities. This impressive project is being provided by COVID-19 funding to insure safer working conditions for Nooksack employees.Nooksack Tribal Council approves fall school checks for students, regardless of in-person or virtual classes. It is expected that students will need supplies either way.The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) coordinates the purchase of mask packs for all Nooksack youth, which will be distributed this fall. Limiting COVID exposure through children is important.NPRT discusses local school district updates for planning youth and early childhood education for the fall with the hope that a vaccine will be available soon.NPRT is joined by Nooksack Casino and Market Center to unify COVID-19 response within the Tribe. Employee safety is discussed including out-of-state travel and the availability of employee resources such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).Directors and enterprises will be working on detailed exposure plans for each department.Departments are finding creative ways to meet and get work done in COVID-safe ways. Read the full document here. Please find all documents onRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 August 11, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of August 11, 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:  725 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      724 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  1 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.

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.

Smoothie Project Day 2: Make Epic Healthy Smoothies at Home

Health Center

Try a smoothie for a boost on hot summer day! However, some smoothies you purchase at stores are packed with extra calories. Ask a dietitian: What are some healthy tips to make smoothies at home? Here are some ideas from Barb Himes with the Nooksack Smoothie Project. Include healthy fats: 1-3 Tablespoons Some fats are good for people with chronic diseases such as DM (diabetes mellitus). These fats play an essential role in our body and can slow down the speed at which the sugar enters the blood stream. Too much fat can lead to weight gain, so adding 1-3 Tablespoons per serving will give you a nice healthy fat boost without too many calories. Try adding: almond or peanut butter, avocado, raw pecans, walnuts or cashews.  Add protein: ½ cup Protein can slow the absorption of food and offers essential nutrients for health. Some low sugar calcium rich protein ideas include: plain Greek yogurt, hemp seeds, peas, low fat milk or whey protein powder. Fill up on fiber: 1 cup of veggies Fiber is our body’s natural scrub brush. Eating more fiber can help blunt blood sugar spikes, help lower cholesterol, and help make us feel full. Leafy greens suchRead More

Deposit Your Will Safely in the Nooksack Tribe’s Will Repository

Tribal Court

Through the Nooksack Tribal Court, wills can now be deposited for safekeeping in the Nooksack Tribe’s Will Repository. This service is free of charge to Nooksack Tribal members and their spouses. Documents are sealed by you before bringing them to the Court. They are never opened and are kept private and confidential. Instructions and forms can be found on the Tribal Court page of the Nooksack Tribe’s website, picked up at the Court, or mailed/emailed to interested parties. Questions: Julie Missing, Tribal Court (360) 306-5125, option 4.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 July 20, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of July 20, 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:  642 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      638 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  4 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.

Smoothie Project Day 1: Smoothie Kit Giveaway!

Health Center

During uncertain times, it’s important to stay healthy. Practice good self-care with the Health Clinic’s new Smoothie Project! Did you know that you could get two or more servings of fruit and vegetables in just one smoothie? The Nooksack Smoothie Project is giving away blenders, recipes, and smoothie ingredients to help you stay healthy this summer! Simply call the Nooksack Health Clinic at 360-966-2106 to make an appointment for a virtual well check, physical, diabetes education, or nutrition visit. Contact Barb Himes at the Clinic or bhimes@nooksack-nsn.gov and let her know about your recent virtual visit. Pick up your smoothie kit! Join us this week with Barb Himes, Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator. The Nooksack Diabetes program along with the 4 Tribes Diabetes Program is promoting smoothies as an easy way to increase 5-a-day fruits and veggies. Are you staying healthy with your 5 servings per day? What does 5 fruits and vegetables actually look like? Check out Kichn’s pictures of what recommended daily servings of fruit and vegetables looks like. Stay tuned for tasty smoothie recipe ideas all week! Try this smoothie idea: Frozen Blueberry Smoothie – 2 servings. Combine all ingredients in a blender andRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 July 17, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of July 17, 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:  638 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      632 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  6 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.

Smoothie Kit Giveaway!

Health Center

Nooksack Smoothie Project with the Nooksack Department of Health Are you staying healthy with your 5 servings per day? Did you know that you could get two or more servings of fruit and vegetables in just one smoothie? The Nooksack Smoothie Project is giving away blenders, recipes, and smoothie ingredients to help you stay healthy this summer! Simply Call the Nooksack Health Clinic at 360-966-2106 to make an appointment for a virtual well-check, physical, diabetes education, or nutrition visit.Contact Barb Himes at the Clinic or bhimes@nooksack-nsn.gov and let her know about your recent virtual visit.Pick up your smoothie kit! Hosted by the Nooksack Diabetes Program along with the 4 Tribes Diabetes Program

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 July 16, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of July 16, 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:  635 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      632 Total Indeterminate:   0 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 July 15, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of July 15, 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:  632 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      629 Total Indeterminate:   0 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.

Situation Report Week of July 7 — July 13

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments July 7 – July 13 Nooksack leadership works to draft and review the new Pandemic Policy for staff with guidance from Health Officer, Dr. Frank James. The policy defines testing, self-quarantine measures, travel, exposure, etc. in order to keep Nooksack staff safe and mitigate exposure to the community.About 120 applicants have applied for the Student Chromebook Program to assist with device access for learning, health, and wellbeing. Applications are currently being processed.The NPRT is staying abreast on the latest science surfacing regarding the 48-hour transmission period for pre-symptomatic COVID patients to others. Further changes to protocols may be necessary.The Clinic staff continuing to stay sharp on training systems for accessing portal data, quick response to potential COVID-19 cases within the Tribe, and internal contact tracing in the event of an outbreak. The Clinic is exploring a text option for isolated patients to safely and easily stay in contact with nurses. Read the full document here. Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 July 14, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of July 14, 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:  629 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      623 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  6 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 July 13, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of July 13, 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:  624 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      619 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.

Nooksack Tribal Library Summer Reading Challenge

Education

Nooksack Tribal Library Virtual Summer Program By Charise Wenzl, Tribal Library Manager The Education Department is offering fun rewards for taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge. Turn in your reading log each week to receive a token for your charm bracelet. To access digital material, you can go to WCLS.org (Whatcom County Library System) and sign up for a free library card, if you haven’t already. Under Digital Content, find Washington Anytime Library and the free Libby app, or find it on the Libby app on the app store. After you sign in with your library card on the Libby app, you will have access to over 45,000 free book titles to download, or borrow online. You can choose the eBook option to download the book for reading or you can choose the audio version and have the book read to you. Guardians will fill out the reading log for the child. Ask the child what the book was about and if they would recommend it to a peer. If your child is an emerging reader, please get involved by reading to them, point to words and pictures, and ask questions about the characters and setting as you areRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 July 9, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of July 8, 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:  578 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      574 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  4 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 July 8, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of July 8, 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:  576 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      564 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  12 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 July 7, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of July 7, 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:  569 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      564 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.

Situation Report Week of June 30 – July 6

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments June 30 – July 6 The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team outlines specific qualifications for what would trigger a Tribal governmental closure in the months to come. Qualifiers include specific Whatcom case rates, area tribe outbreaks, and number of cases within the Nooksack Tribe.NPRT continues to source needed medical supplies for the Nooksack Clinic using available COVID-19 grants and resources, including gowns, face shields, gloves, and thermometers.Mail-in testing is now available in Whatcom County, which should increase testing availability.Gov. Inslee extends requirement for businesses to require mask use for staff and customers starting 7/7/20. The NPRT works to make sure Nooksack enterprises have all the supplies they need, including masks for staff and customers, sanitizer, and COVID-19 signage reminders.Nooksck IT is working with providers to hopefully bring WiFi to the community buildings at Tribal housing sites. Wifi is important for accessing learning, health, and emergency information.NPRT and Tribal Health Officer work with youth and education programs to prototype what safe childcare and youth programing might look like to keep children engaged during the summer.Nooksack program directors rally to write encouraging postcards to mail to Nooksack youth.Nooksack to report on routine CARES Act funds allocation toRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 July 2, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of July 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:  559 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      550 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  9 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 30, 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:  545 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      542 Total Indeterminate:   0 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.

Situation Report Week of June 23 — June 29

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments June 23 – June 29 Gov. Jay Inslee issues a state-wide mask directive beginning June 26 ordering face masks as a requirement for public settings and outdoor settings where physical distancing is not possible. Tribal leadership works to respond to support the order by continuing to offer cloth masks and sharing information to Tribal members. The NPRT looks into sourcing additional face shields.The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team assesses what a spike in local cases would cause triggers in certain situations for the Tribe, such as staff coverage in the case of an outbreak.NPRT compiles and reviews the community student support survey. Nooksack staff and departments will be taking several actions based on parent feedback to support students.Leadership continues to look ahead for when school will be back in session for fall.The Health Clinic is acquiring a mobile medical unit for testing sites, immunizations, etc.The Tribe receives a generous grant from PSE for emergency food during COVID.The Nooksack Tribal Library receives CARES funding from the Washington State Library for PPE. Read the full document here. Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.

Official 2020 Tribal Council Election Results

Election Board

With 641 ballots counted, the official 2020 Nooksack Tribal Council Election results are: Vice-Chairman: Richard “Rick” D. George; Treasurer: Gary E. Kentner; Position C: Roy L. Bailey; Position D: Ryawn Cline. All newly elected members were duly sworn in office before the Election Superintendent on June 30, 2020. Election counting took place on Saturday June 27, 2020 at 3 pm at the Community Building and was available for Tribal members to live-stream on the Tribal website.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 29, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 29, 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:  542 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      534 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  8 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 25, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 25, 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:  531 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      526 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.

2020 Graduation Recognition for High School and College Graduates

Education

The s’iì:wesaì:ylhem tset Program is preparing for this year’s virtual Graduation Recognition. We have two candidates for graduation so far.  All high school, GED, college or university Nooksack Tribal members who will graduate by June 2020, please send your name and contact (preferably an email address) Jessica Williams. Deadline to be included in the 2020 Graduation Recognition is July 1, 4:30 pm. Deadline to provide graduation verification will be July 8th at 4:30 p.m. If the potential 2020 graduate wants a graduation banner, send a high-resolution picture to Donia Edwards as soon as possible. Please share with your clients, friends, family of any enrolled Nooksack Tribal graduate. Contact Jessica.Williams@nooksack-nsn.gov or (360) 966-9696. Additional questions or concerns, contact Donia Edwards at dedwards@nooksack-nsn.gov or (360) 319-9357.

Situation Report Week of June 16 – June 22

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments June 15 – June 22 The NPRT begins to reassesses staff COVID-19 exposure protocols while serving the community during Nooksack’s safe return to work, with special attention to Health Clinic staff and service.The Health Clinic works to identify patients who are at high risk and in need of additional masks.Social Services also begins to hand out masks to those in need during distribution events.Tribal Council approves School-Age Chromebook Assistance Program Policy on 6/16/20.Administration and I.T. work to launch Chromebook application program for Nooksack youth to access summer education resources, youth programing, and other necessary services.The Administration Department works to support students and families including administering a survey to gather feedback, in an attempt to assess needs for the summer and fall. Leadership distributes WiFi hubs in Nooksack’s Five Cedars with poor or no internet service.The Tribe works to assess broadband service on all Tribal lands through an online survey.The Education Department hosts a safe drive-thru Moving On Ceremony on June 19th for Nooksack 5th and 6th graders moving up to Middle School and Junior High300 garden kits were assembled and delivered to Nooksack Tribal families as part of Nooksack SAMSHA Drug and Alcohol Prevention YouthRead More

Behavioral Health Summer Program Offers Weekly Incentives

Behavioral Health

Virtual Behavioral Health Groups Summer Program Youth and teens attending summer virtual groups will receive gift card incentives for attending group beginning on June 29th, 2020.  Groups will be held virtually as per schedule attached. Each week’s attendance will be counted separately. Here is how it works: If you attend two groups out of three in the same week you will get a $5 gift card. If you attend all three groups in a single week you will receive a $15 gift card.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 22, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 22, 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:  519 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      518 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  1 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 18, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 18, 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:  516 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      505 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  11 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.

Chromebooks for Students

Administration, IT, Tribal Council

Is your student in need of a device for distance learning? Nooksack youth may be eligible for Google Chromebooks. We realize that during the pandemic, youth may need access distance learning, education resources, tutoring, youth programing, and health and other necessary services. The School-Aged Chromebook Assistance Program Policy is Resolution #20-73, passed by Tribal Council (6/16/2020). This is a needs-based program. To receive a Chromebook an application must be completed and submitted.  Applications available here. Contact 360-592-5176 for questions. Applications need to be sent to Admin or can be emailed to callen@nooksack-nsn.gov Deadline September 30, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 16, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 16, 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:  501 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      498 Total Indeterminate:   0 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.

Situation Report Week of June 9 — June 15

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments June 9 – June 15 The Tribe works to assess broadband service on all Tribal lands with the American Indian Health Commission of Washington and the Washington State Department of Commerce through an online survey. WiFi provides crucial connectivity needs such as education, telehealth appointments, and other pandemic, health, and emergency notifications.Leadership begins distribution of WiFi hubs in Nooksack’s Five Cedars houses with poor or no internet service.In response to need, the Tribe works on approval and acquisition of electronic devices for Nooksack youth during the pandemic to access summer education resources, youth programing, and other necessary services.The Administration Department is working on how to support students when it is time to return to school, and working on projects to help with social-emotional welfare of our youth.The Administration Department continues to execute important daily tasks during COVID-19, such as the initiating steps for implementing the 2020 strategic plan by distributing plans to Directors and outlining champions for Initiative 1.Nooksack Health Clinic explores options for new electronic health records software system to provide a more robust patient database for wrap-around care including: accurate client information; maximization of billing options; prescription and appointment reminders; etc.The NooksackRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 15, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 15, 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:  498 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      490 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  8 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 12, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 12, 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:  490 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      486 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  4 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 11, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 11, 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:  486 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      482 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  4 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 10, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 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:  483 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      473 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  10 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 9, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 9, 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:  473 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      463 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  10 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.

How Can the Nooksack Tribe Support Students? Give Us Your Feedback Here

Administration

How can the Tribe support families and students? The Administrative Department would like to assess the needs of families during this time. Do you need anything to help support your child(ren) during this time?If so, please list examples of ways the Tribe might support your family.As this school year ends, what do you need for your student(s)? Do you foresee additional needs for this fall to support students when it is time to return to school? Please give us your feedback here:

New Nooksack Garden Box Program Kicks Off

Health Center

The Nooksack Way of Life Youth Program is kicking off its new garden box program, with free garden kit including lumber, soil, tools, seeds, tips, and recipes! Call 360-966-7704 x 2255. Or email Dakota Davis ddavis@nooksack-nsn.gov. One garden kit per household. Free delivery to Deming, Goshen, Lynden, and Everson. Garden kits include: 4ft x 8 ft wood SoilGardening toolsSeedsGardening tips and tricks

Situation Report Week of June 2 — June 8

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments June 2 – June 8 As Whatcom County is approved to move into Phase 2, the Nooksack Pandemic Team stresses maintaining physical distancing, mask-wearing, and essential travel only. NPRT discusses what would trigger subsequent steps if an outbreak does occur in community.Leadership sources and begins distribution program for WiFi hubs in Nooksack’s Five Cedars houses with poor or no internet service. WiFi provides crucial connectivity needs such as education, telehealth appointments, and other pandemic, health, and emergency notifications.The Administration Department is working on how to support students when it is time to return to school, and working on projects to help with social-emotional welfare of our youth.The Administration Department is working on projects to support membership households.Homelessness Task Force is working on how to help mitigate COVID-19 dangers for our members experiencing homelessness.Northwood Casino opens with a safe start on June 1. There has been positive feedback from the community on the safety implementation performed by the Casino, including a safe and easy guest entry process and the installation of Plexiglas dividers. Social Services continues to provide double the amount of food vouchers each month due to COVID-19 hardships.Social Services provides additional farm fresh fruitRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 8, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 8, 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:  464 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      443 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  21 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.

Do You Have Poor Broadband Service or No Broadband Service? Give Us Feedback Here!

Administration

Assessing Nooksack Broadband Service Broadband is essential for governments, individuals, families and businesses. It provides critical access to health care resources and education, as well as workplace operations. The American Indian Health Commission of Washington is working with the Washington State Department of Commerce to assure that all tribal lands have access to adequate broadband access. As a first step, Nooksack needs to map all locations on tribal lands that have poor broadband service or no broadband service, including: Nooksack housing siteGovernment buildingHealthcare facilityBusiness enterprise Please follow the steps in the survey below, especially if your broadband connection is poor. If you need to complete this survey elsewhere, please do so, but list the address with poor connection. Take the survey here!

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 5, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 5, 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:  443 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      439 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  4 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.

Nooksack Tribal Court Forms Now Available Online

Tribal Court

Nooksack Tribal Court forms are now available online for all members to access, read, and print. Please find court forms here on our website under the Nooksack Tribal Court. Forms include filing instructions and fees, civil complaint, custody matters, guardianship, marriage, dissolution, protection orders, petition for name change, and more.

New TANF Policy Now Open for Public Review

Social Services

Public Notice: June 5, 2020 The Nooksack Indian Tribal Council adopted the Nooksack Indian Tribal TANF Policy by Resolution #20-40 on April 28, 2020. There is a 45-day period from the posted date for the public to submit comments regarding the policy. Copies of the approved policy are available to individuals upon request at the Nooksack Tribal Social Services building and a digital copy is available on the Nooksack Tribal website. Any comments or suggestions that an individual wants to make will be accepted in written form, or transcribed by staff, for those who are unable to write. At the end of the review and comment period the Social Services Director & TANF Staff will meet to review the comments and make edits to the policy. Heidi Davis-Director of Social Services hdavis@nooksack-nsn.gov Sativa Robertson-Lead TANF Caseworker srobertson@nooksack-nsn.gov

Attention WIC Participants: Scam Alert

Health Center

Scammers are targeting WIC cardholders. WIC will never ask you to mail your WIC card or ask for your PIN to reload your benefits. Don’t share your PIN or mail your card to anyone. If you have questions, please contact Leinani Swanaset at Leinani.swanaset@nooksack-nsn.gov, or call 360-966-2106.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 3, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 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:  434 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      426 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  8 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.

Update on After Hours Urgent Care

Health Center

Attention: Care Medical has moved to 4043 Northwest Avenue (by Mt. Baker Imaging). After hours care information is also available on our website: https://nooksacktribe.org/departments/health/

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 2, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 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:  433 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      425 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  8 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.

Situation Report Week of May 26 – June 1

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments May 26 – June 1 Staff mail the Emergency Assistance distribution to each Nooksack Tribal member. This is the third Emergency Assistance distribution approved by Tribal Council to alleviate the impacts of COVID-19.Northwood Casino employees complete their drive-through COVID-19 tests with the Health Clinic, in preparation for a safe opening. Safety protocols are enacted at the Casino including training, cleaning, distribution of face masks, and the installation of plexiglass dividers.While the state of Washington begins its Safe Start phased opening, Nooksack leadership works to mitigate risky COVID-19 behavior within the community by further promoting physical distancing, mask-wearing, and healthy remodeling.The Health Department launches several programs to promote health and well-being during COVID-19 including a Smoothie Kit Program tied to telehealth appointments with the Clinic, a Virtual 5k fitness challenge, COVID-related literature for elders, and a new garden box program.Social Services hosts an additional Food Bank for the month of May for those in need. Read the full document here. Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.

Nooksack Tribal Council Seeks 5 Tribal Members for Enrollment Advisory Committee

Tribal Council

Read document here. The Council shall appoint five (5) members to the Committee, consisting of no fewer than four (4) Tribal Member Elders and one (1) adult Tribal Member age eighteen (18) or over. The Committee members shall be Nooksack Tribal Members that the Council believes can best accomplish the purpose for which the Committee was established. TO APPLY PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING TO THE NOOKSACK HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT: Email to HR@nooksack-nsn.gov or mail to PO Box 157, Deming, WA 98244 or Bring to the Tribal Office. Letter of interest expressing why you want to serve on the Enrollment Advisory CommitteePersonal Resume After the first year of the Committee, all terms shall be two years. At the first meeting of the Committee the members shall draw lots from the Committee members to establish an initial term period of one (1) or two (2) years to allow for the start of staggered terms on the Committee. The regular meetings of the Committee shall be held no less than quarterly. The purpose of this Committee is to provide information, feedback, and/or recommendations to the Council. The Committee shall only be in an advisory capacity and the subject matter of the Committee willRead More

Nooksack Tribal Council Seeks 3 Tribal Members to Serve on Nooksack Business Corporation III Board

Tribal Council

Read the document here. The Board of the Corporation shall consist of the following six (6) members: The General Manager of the Nooksack Indian Tribe, designated as the CEO of the Corporation.The Manger of the Nooksack marijuana operation, to be named hereafter, designated as the Secretary of the Corporation.The Chief Financial Officer of the Nooksack Indian Tribe, designated as the Treasurer of the Corporation.Three Tribal Members appointed (and designated) by Tribal Council. All members shall be voting members of the Board. TO APPLY PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING TO THE NOOKSACK HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT: Email to HR@nooksack-nsn.gov or mail co PO Box 157, Deming, WA 98244 or bring to the Tribal Office. Letter of interest expressing why you want to serve on the Board of NBC III.Personal Resume Meetings: The regular annual meeting of the Board shall be held on a date set by the Board, but not more than one hundred and twenty (120) days following the close of the Corporation’s fiscal year. The regular annual meeting shall be open to all members of the Tribe. Regular or special meetings of the Board may be called upon the request of the Chairperson or any two (2) Board Members. The purposesRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 1, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 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:  426 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      424 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  2 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 29, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 29, 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:  424 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      397 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  27 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 28, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 28, 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:  397 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      364 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  33 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 27, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 27, 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:  364 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      348 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  16 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.

Situation Report Week of May 19 – 25

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments May 19 – May 25 The Nooksack Tribe receives $8 million in overall Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds. The CARES Act funding provides a critical infusion of supplemental funding as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act funding and tribal resources will provide essential services to help prepare and respond to the pandemic, ensure continuation of tribal services and operations, and provide aid to individual tribal members. An outline of how these funds are being used can be found on our website.On Tuesday May 19, the Nooksack Tribal Council approves a $1,000 Emergency Assistance distribution to each Nooksack Tribal member. Under the circumstances, staff will do their best to mail out checks by June 1, 2020.Nooksack Tribal government staff testing began this week with 118 tests collected in one day.  Northwood employees are being tested this week.Continue sharing information to encourage mask wearing in tandem with Whatcom County’s Directive for everyone to wear cloth face coverings in public started Friday, May 22.Leadership works to clarify protocols for government employees that are over 60 and for employees that are immunocompromised, as part of the safe start back to workRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 26, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 26, 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:  348 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      316 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  32 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 22, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 22, 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:  316 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      311 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.

Nooksack Fitness Walking & Running Summer Challenge

Health Center

Challenge 1: Virtual 5k WHEN: Thursday, June 11, 2020 REGISTRATION: Complete Registration form and send to mtumangday@nooksack-nsn.gov OR in-person registration (Wear a mask)Community Building (2515 Sulwhanon) June 2, 3, and 4th from 12:30 pm – 3 pm

Nooksack Indian Tribe Receives CARES Act Funds

Administration

Nooksack Indian Tribe Receives CARES Act Funds May 21, 2020. The Nooksack Tribe received $8 million in overall Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds. The CARES Act funding provides a critical infusion of supplemental funding as we respond to and mitigate the COVID19 pandemic. The Tribe has used many of its own resources to provide relief to the tribal membership and tribal community while waiting for the CARES Act funding from the federal government and its agencies. The Nooksack Tribe intends to fund activities that directly respond to the COVID19 pandemic. The activities include relief for 1,904 tribal members and their families in the form of many additional services and resources. The following are actions taken, and programs considered as a part of our response: •             Distribution to enrolled tribal members: $250 for adults, $300 for adults and children, and $1,000 for adults and children •             Elders home delivery meals and care packages •             Additional food bank distributions •             Additional food vouchers •             Smoked salmon & shrimp for tribal distribution •             Walk in cooler and freezer for food bank •             COVID19 isolation kits •             Nooksack COVID19 tracking database •             Telemedicine for virtual health care •             Zoom videoRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 21, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 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:  311 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      290 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  21 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.

Election Office Notice of Hours

Election Board

Election Office Notice of Hours June General Election Day: Saturday June 27, 2020 @ 3 pm. Election staff office hours are from June 15 – 26, M-F 9 am to 5 pm (open during the noon hour). Because of the current pandemic, office hours are limited to the 10 days before the election. If you have not received your ballot or have any other issues, please contact abrewer@nooksack-nsn.gov or call 360-592-7977 for questions. The Elections Office is in the Nooksack River Casino Building. Please DO NOT go to the Nooksack Administration Building. Visit the Tribal Council Elections page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 20, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 20, 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:  290 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      101 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  189 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.

Important Fireworks Information

Administration

Fireworks Meeting Notice If you plan to operate a fireworks stand, you must turn in your packet/payment by Thursday, May 21, 2020 by 3 pm. You must also attend the Zoom meeting Friday May 22 at 6 pm. Find all firework documents on the Tribe’s Administration page. Payments can be made by cash, money order, or PayPal. To protect our community in the event of COVID-19, we will be hosting a fireworks meeting via Zoom video conferencing. Please register here for the event May 22 6:00 pm meeting.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 19, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 19, 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:  218 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      100 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  118 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 COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Payment for All Nooksack Tribal Members

Tribal Council

On Tuesday May 19, 2020, the Nooksack Tribal Council approved a $1,000 COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Payment to ALL Tribal Members to assist with the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tribal Council also amended Title 99 General Welfare Ordinance so there is no tax implication. The Tribal Administration, under the current circumstances, will do its best to mail out the $1,000 distribution to each Tribal member by June 1, 2020. Any address updates need to be made with the Enrollment Office by May 27. Contact enrollment@nooksack-nsn.gov or call 360-592-5176 10 am – 3 pm. Address update forms can be found on the website at https://nooksacktribe.org/departments/enrollment/. Please check the Nooksack Tribe’s website and the Nooksack Tribe’s Communication Facebook page for updates and further details as they develop. Be safe and continue to practice physical distancing, mask wearing, covering your cough and sneezes, hand washing, and disinfecting. Our priority is to save lives, save our livelihood, and save our Nooksack legacy.

Situation Report Week of May 12 – 18

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments May 12 – May 18 Nooksack Pandemic Response Team continues to regularly meet and work on COVID mitigation. This week’s topics include a safe-start for Nooksack staff and safety protocols for operating fireworks stands during the time of COVID-19.The Nooksack Tribal government begins implementing its plan to bring back staff from all departments to provide essential community support services. Plans for at-risk staff are taken into consideration. Safe re-opening includes monitoring, increased testing, and contact tracing.Plans to test all staff returning to work for COVID-19 begins for the safe-start back to work plan. All work-place protocols are implemented by department with sanitization and staggered shifts.Based on Nooksack data, staff identify elders and those at risk of COVID to develop additional health and education materials for distribution.The new Virtual Youth Program hosts a sign-up event with prizes to engage youth during the shelter in place order. The program is sponsored and funded by the Nooksack Tribal Council, Nooksack Health Clinic Behavioral Health, and SAMSHA and the Nooksack Tribal TANF.Child Development/Head Start Staff have started weekly activity packets being delivered to the child’s home this week.Staff make plans to celebrate 2020 high school and college graduatesRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 18, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 18, 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:  100 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      74 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  26 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 15, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 15, 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:  74 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      72 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  2 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 14, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 14, 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:  72 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      70 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  2 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 13, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 13, 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:  70 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      68 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  2 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 of Nooksack Tribal Council Election

Election Board

NOTICE OF NOOKSACK TRIBAL COUNCIL ELECTION To the voters of the Nooksack Indian Tribe: You are hereby notified of the upcoming June 2020 Nooksack Tribal Election for the following Nooksack Tribal Council Positions: Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Position C, & Position DJUNE GENERAL ELECTION DAY: Saturday June 27, 2020 @ 3 pm 2020 Nooksack Tribal Council June Election Board:Anna Brewer, Election SuperintendentJennifer Johnny, Ballot ClerkCari Duffy, Ballot ClerkElection Staff: Trina Cline, Election Clerk Election Staff Office Hours from June 15 through June 26, 2020:Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm (open during the noon hour)Because of the current pandemic, our office hours are limited to the 10 days before the election. However, if you need a replacement ballot or have any questions, please feel free to email@ abrewer@nooksack-nsn.gov or call 360-592-7977. Thank you for your understanding. Find the Tribal Elections page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 12, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 12, 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:  68 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      64 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  4 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.

Situation Report Week of May 5 – May 11

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments May 5 – May 11 The Nooksack Tribal Council approves an extension to the Shelter In-Place Order effective until noon May 31, 2020. Measures and restrictions are still in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the community.Nooksack leadership and directors, in coordination with Health Officer Dr. Frank James, develop a detailed plan for re-opening governmental offices and services involving monitoring, increased testing, and contact tracing, as well as the preparation of additional space and critical equipment. Restrictions are planned to be lifted in stages as it is seen safe to do so.Staff gradually begin returning to work to provide essential governmental services to the community. Departments operate on staggered shifts and/or work from home to protect both the staff and the public. Restrictions on office safety are introduced.Masks and sanitization supplies are distributed to each returning staff member.NPRT explores methods to source additional food for its members such as home delivery and ways to address the current meat shortages.NPRT explores options for internet access and identifies the increased need for broadband.Health Clinic nurses are appreciated for National Nurses Day on May 6 amid COVID-19Housing and Homelessness task-force meet this week to lookRead More

Genesis II Continues Chemical Dependency Services During COVID-19

Chemical Dependency

During COVID-19, Nooksack continues to provide comprehensive services for substance abuse and chemical dependency through its Genesis II Program. We are open and servicing the Nooksack Community. Counselors are in the office daily and available to provide services, answer questions, and schedule telehealth appointments by phone, facetime, or Zoom. We are striving to continue to offer compassionate, caring and confidential care to those who have questions about substance use. Call Genesis II at 360-966-7704 between 10 am – 3pm, or Annette Solomon at asolomon@nooksack-nsn.gov Additionally, find 12 Step meetings available online and through Zoom: Bellingham Friends of Bill on Facebook has resources for local online 12 Step and worldwide meetings Western Washington Area 72 Alcoholics Anonymous is holding virtual online meetings  There may be a learning curve to access Zoom, though it is quite manageable. Check out our telemedicine page for first-time users.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 11, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 11, 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:  64 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      61 Total Indeterminate:   0 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.

Nooksack Tribe’s Plan for Re-Opening Governmental Offices & Services

Administration

PUBLIC NOTICE: History shows that we are resilient people and we will not allow COVID-19 to dampen our spirit or dim our anticipation of the future. The plan to re-open Nooksack is a plan built on a methodical approach to slowly and responsibly lift restrictions that will allow staff to come to work and safely provide services to our Tribal members and community. As employees are gradually begin returning to work, the Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) will be carefully monitoring the situation. Key elements will include increased testing and contact tracing, as well as the preparation of additional space and critical equipment, which will be coordinated and monitored by the Nooksack Pandemic Response Team. Restrictions will be lifted in stages, with consideration given to socioeconomic factors and the risk of transmission. They will be implemented via the General Manager and the NPRT orders and the timing will be dictated by the evidence of transmission. Nooksack Tribal government hours are Mon-Fri 10 am – 3:00 pm As employees are gradually returning to work, the NPRT will carefully monitor the daily number of reported cases and other important indicators. They will also monitor to ensure that: transmission of the virus isRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 8, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 8, 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:  61 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      55 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   6 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 7, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 7, 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:  55 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      55 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   0 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 6, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 6, 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:  55 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      53 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   2 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.

Banners for 2020 Graduates!

Education, Tribal Council

In celebration of our Nooksack Tribal graduates, the Education Department, on behalf of the Nooksack Tribal Council, will proudly fly these banners near the Market Center to honor our 2020 graduates. Please provide Jessica Williams your proof of completion (jessica.williams@nooksack-nsn.gov) in order to put your name on the list of high school graduates so we can honor you! AND order you a banner with your picture and graduation information. Tribal member Roy Nicol is graduating from Sedro Woolley High School and is the current Chairman of the Nooksack Youth Council. He was the first to notify Jessica, so his was the first to order.  You will need to submit a high-resolution picture, the name of school graduating, and a school logo.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 5, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 5, 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:  53 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      52 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   1 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 EXTENDS the Shelter In-Place Order to May 31, 2020

Tribal Council

May 5, 2020. The Nooksack Tribal Council approved an extension to the Shelter In-Place Order effective until Noon May 31, 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 working tirelessly to stay ahead of this as much as possible. 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 taking every precaution to mitigate the impacts of this virus. Please stay home. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Situation Report Week of April 28 – May 4

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 Pandemic Response Team Main Objectives: Prevent the spread of disease in our communityProtect the safety of and provide the health and wellness of all community members and staffProvide timely, complete and accurate guidance to Tribal community members on the incident, response, disease, prevention, and when to seek medical careContinuing to provide essential community support services Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments April 28 – May 4 Nooksack Health Clinic continues to increase COVID-19 testing for essential workers. Directors meet remotely and submit plans for what it might look like to bring staff on safely.General Manager Katherine Romero works with Congresswoman DelBene on identifying gaps in resource needs for the Nooksack Tribe, including broadband internet access for emergency information, education, and telemedicine needs.Nooksack Youth Program and Behavioral Health both kick-start their virtual programs this week.Staff work to coordinate the funding,Read More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 4, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 4, 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:  52 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      46 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   6 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 1, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 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:  45 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      33 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   12 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.

Sign Up for the Virtual Nooksack Youth Program

Education

With the closure of the Youth Program due to COVID-19 the Education Department, in coordination with SAMHSA, Behavioral Health, and Health Clinic, will be offering a new Virtual Youth Program for all ages. We have set up a Facebook Page with announcements; resource information; recreational, healthy, and preventative activities; and other fun things to do. Our program offers great incentives and rewards in celebration!  Our first incentive is homeschooling supplies to equip your child’s study area outside of school. Examples could include: pens, paper, folders, binders, a caddy, ruler, white board, etc. If you have a specific item you would like included to help your child’s study area, please let us know.  How to Apply:   You must complete a Virtual Youth Program Application. If you do not have a printer, you can email your responses to Ravenia at rdwilliams@nooksack-nsn.gov or Dean Ollinger at dollinger@nooksack-nsn.gov, send a FB message, or call Ravenia 360-305-8211 or Dean at 360-325-2406, and either will complete the application for you over the phone. There is no deadline for the application, however, to receive the incentives you must complete the application.Join us on our new Facebook page by searching for Nooksack Youth Program. Click the like button to join ourRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 30, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 30, 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:  36 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      33 Total Indeterminate:   0 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 29, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 29, 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:  34 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      31 Total Indeterminate:   0 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.

Nooksack Council Seeks Board of Directors for Nooksack Business Corporation III

Tribal Council

Nooksack Tribal Council is seeking 3 Tribal Members to serve on the Board of Directors of the Nooksack Business Corporation III (NBC III) The Board of the Corporation shall consist of the following six (6) members: The General Manager of the Nooksack Indian Tribe, designated as the CEO of the Corporation.The General Manager of the Nooksack marijuana operation, to be named hereafter, designated as the Secretary of the Corporation.The Chief Financial Officer of the Nooksack Indian Tribe, designated as the Treasurer of the Corporation.Three Tribal Members appointed (and designated) by Tribal Council. All members shall be voting members of the Board. Meetings: The regular annual meeting of the Board shall be held on a date set by the Board, but not more than one hundred and twenty (120) days following the close of the Corporation’s fiscal year. The regular annual meeting shall be open to all members of the Tribe. Regular or special meetings of the Board may be called upon the request of the Chairperson or any two (2) Corporate Directors. The purposes for which the Corporation is organized are: To engage in any type of lawful business, enterprise or venture having to do with the production, manufacture, distribution,Read More

Nooksack Council Seeks Enrollment Advisory Committee Members

Tribal Council

The Nooksack Tribal Council is seeking 5 Tribal Members to serve on the Enrollment Advisory Committee The Council shall appoint five (5) members to the Committee, consisting of no fewer than four (4) Tribal Member Elders and one (1) adult Tribal Member age eighteen (18) or over. The Committee members shall be Nooksack Tribal Members that can best accomplish the purpose for which the Committee was established. After the first year of the Committee, all terms shall be two years. At the first meeting of the Committee the members shall draw lots from the Committee members to establish an initial term period of one (1) or two (2) years to allow for the start of staggered terms on the Committee.  The regular meetings of the Committee shall be held no less than quarterly. The purpose of this Committee is to provide information, feedback, and/or recommendations to the Council. The Committee shall only be in an advisory capacity and the subject matter of the Committee will be related to the following: Review tribal governing documents concerning enrollment (Tribal Constitution, Base Rolls, Enrollment Ordinance, and other related internal policies and procedures) to provide recommendations for improvements in the best interests of theRead More

Nooksack Youth Can Now Join Behavioral Health Groups Virtually

Behavioral Health, Health Center

Join weekly age-appropriate group sessions virtually with Nooksack Behavioral Health, effective May 5th. Nooksack Tribal community members, your child can now participate twice a week in virtual groups hosted by the Nooksack Behavioral Health in collaboration with the Nooksack After School Program. Purpose of Behavioral Health Groups: In addition to keeping children physically safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is also important to care for their emotional health. Children are more vulnerable to the emotional impact of traumatic events that disrupt their daily lives. Children may struggle with significant adjustments to their routines (e.g., schools and child care closures, social distancing, home confinement), which may interfere with their sense of structure, predictability, and security. Young people, even infants and toddlers, are keen observers of people and environments, and they notice and react to stress in their parents and other caregivers, peers, and community members. They may ask direct questions about what is happening now or what will happen in the future and may behave differently in reaction to strong feelings (e.g., fear, worry, sadness, anger) about the pandemic and related conditions. Children also may worry about their own safety and the safety of their loved ones; how they will get their basic needsRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 28, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 28, 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:  33 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      30 Total Indeterminate:   0 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.

Situation Report Week of April 21 – April 27

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 Pandemic Response Team Main Objectives: Prevent the spread of disease in our communityProtect the safety of and provide the health and wellness of all community members and staffProvide timely, complete and accurate guidance to Tribal community members on the incident, response, disease, prevention, and when to seek medical careContinuing to provide essential community support services Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Week April 20-April 27 Nooksack Health Clinic promotes testing for all Essential Workers in the Nooksack communityConversations continue about how to safely reopen the Tribal government to community services when the time comes, including ordering ample sanitation supplies.Social Services coordinates with Muckleshoot Tribes for additional frozen food donations. By the Numbers April 21 – April 27 163 Tribal members receive smoked salmon and shrimp from the event the Natural Resources Department hosted April 23, 202089 Tribally-made masksRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 27, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 27, 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:  32 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      30 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   2 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 24, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 24, 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:  30 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      30 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   0 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 23, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 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:  30 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      30 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   0 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.

COVID-19 Testing for Essential Workers

Health Center

If you are an essential worker, we thank you for your service. Are you still working in our Nooksack community? COVID-19 testing is now available for essential workers through our Health Clinic by drive-up appointments. Call the Health Clinic at 360-966-2106.

Update on the 2020 Nooksack Tribal Council Election from the Elections Board

Election Board

UPDATE ON 2020 NOOKSACK TRIBAL COUNCIL ELECTIONApril 21, 2020 Deming, Washington– This press release is not the official Notice of Election but simply an update from the Election Board. Eligible Nooksack voters will be receiving the official Notice of Election in the mail with their ballot as required by the Election Ordinance. As many of you know, the Nooksack Tribal Court has ordered that the 2020 Nooksack Tribal Council General Election be redone because of certain issues the Court found that placed the outcome in doubt. In addition, the Court ordered the Election Board to take the current COVID-19 pandemic into account in scheduling the new election. The Elections Ordinance, Title 62 of the Nooksack Tribal Code, authorizes the Election Board in the event of a re-election to determine the new schedule. As a result of these concerns, on April 20, 2020, the Election Board met and determined to hold the 2020 General Election on June 27, 2020, beginning at 3 pm, subject to change in light of the pandemic. In accordance with the terms of the Ordinance and in compliance with the Nooksack Tribal Court Order, the election will conform to the previous election as much as possible —Read More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 21, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 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:  30 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      28 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   2 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.

Situation Report Week of April 14 – April 20

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 Pandemic Response Team Main Objectives: Prevent the spread of disease in our communityProtect the safety of and provide the health and wellness of all community members and staffProvide timely, complete and accurate guidance to Tribal community members on the incident, response, disease, prevention, and when to seek medical careContinuing to provide essential community support services Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Week April 14-April 20 Efforts from all Tribal members and government staff to stay home pays off. Data from Whatcom County shows we may have reached the first peak in the COVID-19 pandemic.All nurses and providers at the Nooksack Clinic are tested for COVID-19. There are no positive results to date.Nooksack Health Clinic hosts a routine vaccine immunization clinic to keep ahead of outbreaks of preventable diseases during COVID-19.Nooksack staff quickly organize to mail the second distributionRead More

Unemployment Resources: What you need to know about the CARES Act

Administration

The federal CARES Act was signed into law March 27, 2020. The Act provides enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for Washingtonians. Sign up for the ESD COVID-19 action alerts to stay up to date:esd.wa.gov

Request a Cloth Mask from the Health Clinic or by Mail

Health Center

Are you or your family in need of a cloth mask? Nooksack Tribal members can now request cloth masks for personal protection to COVID-19. The CDC recommends cloth face covering for everyone in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (such as grocery stores and pharmacies). If possible, we ask that members pick up masks at our Health Clinic by calling 360-966-2106. If you need a cloth mask mailed to you instead, please fill out this form. Note that mailing will likely take longer than in-person pick-up at our Health Clinic. We are operating on limited staff at this time. For questions contact Charity Allen at 360-319-7503. HOW: Order a mask by mail by filling out this form.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 20, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 20, 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:  28 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      22 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   6 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 17, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 17, 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:  22 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      22 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   0 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 16, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 16, 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:  22 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      20 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   2 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.

DSHS Begins Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) in Response to COVID-19 Emergency

Social Services

Effective April 17, 2020, DSHS’s Community Services Division will begin administering a Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) in response to the Governor’s declaration of a statewide emergency. DCAP Overview: The applicant must be living in Washington before the emergency declaration happened.The applicant must first apply for other cash assistance programs available.Under DCAP, applicants are not required to: meet citizenship requirements; provide a social security number; or be pregnant or have a minor child.The program is available for one month in a 12-month period.The program is not a public charge program since it is disaster relief.Payment standards are based on income and need and may not exceed the TANF payment standards for their household size.  For example, to be eligible for DCAP, a one person household must have less than $363.00 in income after deductions are applied in the month of application (approximately 34% of the Federal Poverty Level).  If an individual has no income and is resource eligible, they may qualify for the maximum payment amount of $363.00 in DCAP. The DCAP is available for one month, in a 12-month period, to all Washington families and people without children, who meet income and resource rules and who are not eligibleRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 15, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 15, 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:  20 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      12 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   8 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.

Updated: Nooksack Tribal Operations During COVID-19

Administration

Nooksack Tribal Operations During COVID-19 April 1, 2020- April 30, 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 by the CourtRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 14, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 14, 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:      12 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   0 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.

Have you been laid off or have your hours been reduced due to COVID-19?

Administration

You may be eligible for expanded unemployment benefits through the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD). This includes people who work for tribes, tribally owned businesses, small businesses, independent contractors, artisans and musicians. Apply online at https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/UI-one-stop or call 1-800-318-6022. If you are denied unemployment benefits, the Unemployment Law Project (ULP) may be able to help you. Call ULP today: (509) 624-9178 or toll-free at (800) 940-9178 (Spokane)(206) 441-9178 or toll free at 1-888-441-9178 (Seattle) Or, if you think you’re low-income, you can call the Northwest Justice Project’s CLEAR Hotline at 1-888-201-1014 weekdays between 9:15 am – 12:15 pm. Find more information from the Native American Unit of the Northwest Justice Project here.

Situation Report Week of April 7 – April 13

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 Pandemic Response Team Main Objectives: Prevent the spread of disease in our communityProtect the safety of and provide the health and wellness of all community members and staffProvide timely, complete and accurate guidance to Tribal community members on the incident, response, disease, prevention, and when to seek medical careContinuing to provide essential community support services Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Week April 7-April 13 Tribal Council approves a $300 COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Payment to each Nooksack members, the second COVID-19 mitigation distribution. Health Clinic, Behavior Health, and IT staff worked to launched our new Nooksack Telemedicine Services to provide medical and behavioral health therapy via telemedicine visit while the stay-at-home order is in place. Initiated regular COVID-19 testing for Health Clinic staff, in addition to daily screenings and health status reports prior to each shift. The command center wasRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 13, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 13, 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:      12 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   0 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 10, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 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:  13 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      12 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:   0 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 9, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 9, 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:  13 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      12 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:   0 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Resources to Help Small Businesses

Administration

Washington State Small Business Relief Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant If you are a small business of 10 or fewer, you can apply for a Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant of up to $10,000! Who can apply? Businesses need to have been in business for at least a year, have up to 10 FTEs, and this will help support. Non-profits are not eligible. How to apply? These grants are time limited so you will want to act fast. The application is on the site. Fill that out and then click on Whatcom County to send to: whatcomado@portofbellingham.com. What can the grant be used for? Grant funds can be used for operational expenses such as rent, supplies, inventory, utility bills, consulting, marketing, training. They cannot be used for payroll, travel, office or capitalized equipment, computer software. Federal Small Business Relief Paycheck Protection Program This is a loan that helps you keep workers on payroll. If you keep workers on payroll for 8 weeks and use the funds for payroll, rent, utilities, you may be able to have the loan forgiven. Click here for more information Click here to find a lender who can help Economic Injury Disaster Advance LoanRead More

Stay Home & Call WIC

Health Center

WIC is doing appointments over the phone. You’ll get the same caring services and WIC foods, and you don’t have to leave home! Please contact WIC before your appointment: Phone: 360-966-2106Email: Leinani.Swanaset@nooksack-nsn.gov

Need a Cloth Mask to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19?

Health Center

The CDC recommends cloth face coverings for everyone in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (such as grocery stores and pharmacies). Are you or your family in need of a cloth mask? Please make your request through the Nooksack Health Clinic. CALL first. Limited supply. Due to limited staff resources, at this time masks are for local pick-up only. Phone: 360-966-2106 Clinic Hours: 10:00 am-3:00 pm

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 8, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 8, 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:  13 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      12 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:   0 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 7, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 7, 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:  13 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      11 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:   1 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!

Tribal Council Approves a $300 COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Payment for Nooksack Members

Tribal Council

On Monday, April 6, 2020, the Nooksack Tribal Council approved a $300 COVID19 Emergency Assistance Payment to ALL Tribal Members to assist with the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tribal Council also amended Title 99 General Welfare Ordinance so there is no tax implication. The Tribal Administration, with limited staffing, will do its best to mail out the $300 distribution to each Tribal member by Friday, April 17th. Please check the Nooksack Tribe’s website and the Nooksack Tribe’s Communication Facebook Page for updates and further details as they develop. Be safe and continue to practice social distancing, covering your cough and sneezes, hand washing, and disinfecting. Our priority is to save lives, save livelihood, and save our Nooksack legacy.

Situation Report Week of March 30 – April 6

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 Pandemic Response Team Main Objectives: Prevent the spread of disease in our communityProtect the safety of and provide the health and wellness of all community members and staffProvide timely, complete and accurate guidance to Tribal community members on the incident, response, disease, prevention, and when to seek medical careContinuing 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 clinicRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 6, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 6, 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:  13 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      11 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:   1 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

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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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

Nooksack Indian Tribe PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 March 30, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of March 30, 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:  6 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      4 Total Pending results: 2 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 Tribe Remains Closed Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Administration

The Nooksack Tribe will remain closed until it is determined safe to return to regular operations. This means the Nooksack Tribal Offices will be locked and closed with the exception of the Nooksack Tribal Health Clinic, Tribal Law Enforcement, and Tribal Gaming Agency. Elders’ Lunches will continue to be delivered by the Social Services Department (this program is limited; for more information contact Heidi Davis). During this emergency closure, if you need emergency health care please do not hesitate to call 911! The 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 care from the Nooksack Behavioral Health, Chemical Dependency, and Dental Emergency. For methadone transportation services please contact Rick George. Nooksack Tribal Court Hearings will be rescheduled. Any emergency court matters will be addressed by the Tribal Chief Judge and the Tribal Legal Counsel. If you are in need for Victims of Crime Services (domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse) please call 911 if your needs are urgent and are an emergency. If you need advocate services, please contact Katrice Rodriguez, Family Services Director. In orderRead More

Shelter In-Place Order

Tribal Council

Nooksack Tribal Council Approves a Shelter In-Place Order Read more on our COVID-19 page here. The Nooksack Tribal Council approved a Shelter In-Place Order effective from Noon March 24, 2020 until Noon April 7, 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. Please do not panic. We are working tirelessly to stay ahead of this as much as possible. 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 everyRead More

A Message from Nooksack Behavioral Health

Health Center

Front Office Phone Number 360.966.2376 Hello everyone, my name is Dr. Khan; I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist from Nooksack Behavioral Health. I want to let all Tribal members know that NIT Behavioral Health is open virtually to support you in this time of High Anxiety. We will continue to accept new clients; the only difference would be that you will be seen virtually or through a phone session. Having said that let me explain how it would work: Nooksack Tribal members can call our front office to make a virtual appointment. Those of you who have internet access will be contacted on the scheduled time through your email or phone number for a virtual counseling session. Those of you who do not have access to internet or data our Behavioral Health front office staff will call you to connect you with your Counselor for phone session visit. NIT BH Counselors will regularly reach out to our members who already established clients to enquire about their health and wellbeing.

Emergency Office Closures due to COVID-19

Administration

UPDATE: Clarification that the Emergency Closure does not include the Elections Office. The Election Office is open Monday March 23, 9-4 pm

Tribal Council Approves Emergency General Welfare Assistance

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Tribal Council Approves a One-Time Emergency General Welfare Assistance Distribution in Response to COVID-19 in the amount of $250 per member 18+ On Monday, March 16th, 2020, The Nooksack Tribal Council approved a one-time distribution of $250 to all Tribal Members 18 years and older (as of 3/16/2020) to assist with COVID-19 mitigation expenses. The Council has amended title 99 – General Welfare Ordinance so there is no tax implication to the member for this distribution. Tribal Administration will do its best to mail out the $250 distribution to each tribal member by Wednesday, March 25th, though please expect offices to be busy in this preparation. Be safe and continue to practice not touching your face, avoiding close contact with other poeple, social distancing, covering your cough and sneezes, hand washing, disinfecting, and getting familiar with symptoms.

Limited Clinic Hours

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Effective March 16th the Health Clinic will be operationg on limited hours. We will be open 10AM – 3PM for urgent/same day appointments Our goal is to keep our community healthy and prevent the spread of germs. If you are sick and experiencing: cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, please call the clinic before arriving. During operating hours, our nurses and providers are available to assist with any medical concerns of the telephone. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this state of emergency. For after hours call: 911 for emergencies 24-hour community nurse line: 1-800-607-5501

A message from our Nooksack Tribal Health Officer

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Social Distancing for Kids Now that Schools are Closed- Flattening the curve. Research has shown that one of the most common ways Coronavirus is spread is within and between families. The intimacy of contact and the duration of contact both make sharing the disease more common. Now that school is out for several weeks, at least, it is time to think about how to manage family and between family risks. Playdates, parties, sleep overs and dinner with other families should not be the substitute for school because they are likely even higher risk than school.  Really the direct answer is that now is a time for families to simply be with one another. A few rules at home will help, wash your hands as soon as you come in the door, straight to the sink, remind one another that it is for the full 20 seconds! Our family had a talk at dinnertime to make a plan. My wife suggested a bottle of hand sanitizer right inside the door, my son, immediately said, “We’ll run out too quickly. Why not just all of us wash our hands as soon as we come into the house”. He is also a sticklerRead More

Nooksack Tribal Council Seeking Tribal Gaming Commissioners

Gaming

Positions Available: Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer. Each position will serve a 3-year term. The Commission shall meet at least twice each month and more frequent if necessary to conduct its business. To apply please submit the following to the Nooksack Human Resources Department: Letter of interest expressing why you want to serve on the Gaming CommissionPosition Desired (3)Personal Resume Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020

Council Declares Public Health Emergency

Tribal Council

Nooksack Indian Tribal Council passed a resolution (3/7/2020) declaring a public health emergency for Coronavirus (COVID-19), appointing Dr. Frank James as our Public Health Officer. An execution of a mutual aid agreement to come for Tribes and local health jurisdictions in Washington State. This will help our Tribe coordinate an emergency response if and when COVID-19 comes to our Tribe.

Cancelled – Parents: Schedule Parent Teacher Conferences with Nooksack

Education

UPDATED (3/12): Parent teacher conferences are cancelled. The Nooksack Tribe, Harmony and Acme Elemenary are offering these locations for parent teacher conferences. To schedule your parent teacher conference at one of these locations, please contact your child’s teacher. Harmony Elementary School: March 10 Acme Elementary School: March 19

Public Health Notice from General Manager

Administration

Good afternoon, This afternoon I met with the Nooksack Emergency Management Team and we worked together to put together a public notice for the Nooksack Indian Tribe.  Very important information regarding the COVID19 (Coronavirus).  Please share this information with your co workers, your family and your friends. Awareness is the key to prevention and will decrease the chances of spreading the virus in Nooksack. We will continue to share information as it is updated.  Thank you, Katherine R. Romero, MPA General Manager 

Unofficial Primary Election Results

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Vice Chairman Richard “Rick” D George – 163Robert “Bob” Doucette – 110Rosemary LaClaire – 117 Treasurer Agripina “Abbie” Smith – 95Gary Kentner – 126Jesse Madera – 125Lawrence Bailey – 45 Position D Katherine Romero – 146Ryawn Cline – 126Tresea Doucette – 118

Notice to Hunters: Turn in All Tags

Natural Resources

Per Hunting Regulations, Deer/Elk season comes to an end 2/29/20. Avoid late fees by returning all tags by 3/30/20 to the Natural Resources Department. No tag will be issued to any hunter for the 2020-2021 season unless tags, including special tags, are returned from the prior hunting season.

2020 Fitness Schedule

Health Center

Fitness classes take place each week, Monday through Friday at the Mí sq’ eq’ ó Community Building, unless noted. Check out the 2020 class schedule here. Stay tuned for updates and new classes throughout the year. Circuit Training: Circuit Training is a workout regime that involves moving from one activity to the next with very little rest. After a short warm up, you are able to move through the circuit as many times as you would like, depending on your fitness level and time constraints. With this form of training, your body will be challenged with a combination of endurance and muscular strength. To read more about circuit training, read this article by ACE. HIIT Training: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) classes are designed to give a you a quick an convenient workout. HIIT training involves giving max, all out efforts in small and quick intervals, which are followed by a rest period. We will begin each class with a short warm up, then the HIIT workout itself will last 20 minutes. Little or no equipment is used for these workouts. To read about the benefits of HIIT training, read this article by Healthline. For questions, contact Margaret Tumangday atRead More

Medical Alert: Novel Coronavirus Outbreak 2020

Health Center

Please call the clinic before coming in if you have a fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath On January 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health announced the first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States in Washington State. The patient recently returned from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, where an outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December. 2019 novel coronavirus is concerning because it’s a new strain and can cause pneumonia. • Confirmed Cases: 1 Snohomish County • Close contacts being monitored: 43 Last updated: Jan 23, 2020 at 3:00 PM. How is it spread? Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through: • The air by coughing and sneezing • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands • Rarely, fecal contamination What are the symptoms? Symptoms of coronavirus are similar to influenza and the common cold and may include: • Runny nose • Headache • Cough • Sore throat • Fever • A general feelingRead More

New Nooksack Victims of Crime Program Seeking Community Input

Family Services

Katrice Rodriguez, MSW, Nooksack Youth & Family Services Director We are currently working on a community needs and strengths assessment to help develop our new Domestic Violence program. Nooksack Indian Tribe and the Bellingham Whatcom County Commission on Sexual & Domestic Violence are holding interviews and sharing circles in January and February 2020 to help find out more about the strengths and needs around domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse services in the Nooksack community. If you have had personal experience with these issues, we invite you to share your story and help make sure that the Victims of Crime program will be effective and supportive for all those who need it. All participants receive a $50 gift card for their time.  Food, childcare, and transportation assistance are available. For more information or to sign up, contact Katrice Rodriguez, Nooksack Youth & Family Services Director at krodriguez@nooksacknsn.gov or 360-306-5090 or Elizabeth Montoya, Commission Project Manager at emontoya@dvcommission.org or (360) 312-5700 or visit dvcommission.org/nooksack.

Official List of Candidates

Tribal Council

Nooksack Tribal Council Candidates have been posted! You can find them on the Tribal Council Page!

2020 STOWW & Food Bank Distribution Dates

Social Services

The dates for the 2020 STOWW commodity distribution take place from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. STOWW at the Nooksack River Building parking lot, 5048 Mt. Baker Hwy, Deming, WA. The application for STOWW can be found on the website here. The 2020 Nooksack Food Bank distribution dates are from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, or until supplies last. The Nooksack Food Bank is open to anyone in need, and is located behind the Social Services building, 4971 Deming Road, Deming, WA. For questions about these and other programs, call Social Services at (360) 592-0135.

Notice of Nooksack Tribal Council Election

Tribal Council

To the voters of the Nooksack Indian Tribe: You are hereby notified of the upcoming 2020 Nooksack Tribal Council Election for the Following Tribal Council positions: Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Position C & Position D More information on the Council Page

Public Comment Notice – Water Code

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Action: Review of the DRAFT Water Code. Dates: Public Comment period closes December 6, 2019 Address: Written public comments on the DRAFT Water Code may be submitted by either: US mail to Nooksack Indian Tribe, ATT: Water Code Public Comment, PO Box 157, Deming, WA 98244Hand Delivered to Nooksack Indian Tribe, ATT: Water Code Public Comment, 5016 Deming Rd, Deming, WA 98244Email to community@nooksack-nsn.gov (Subject: Water Code Public Comment)

Public Comment Notice – Public Nuisance

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Action: Review of the DRAFT Public Nuisance Code. Dates: Public Comment period closes December 6, 2019 Address: Written public comments on the DRAFT Public Nuisance Code may be submitted by either: US mail to Nooksack Indian Tribe, ATT: Public Nuisance Public Comment, PO Box 157, Deming, WA 98244Hand Delivered to Nooksack Indian Tribe, ATT: Public Nuisance Plan Comment, 5016 Deming Rd, Deming, WA 98244Email to community@nooksack-nsn.gov (Subject: Public Nuisance Public Comment)

Public Comment Notice – Strategic Plan

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Action: Review of the Strategic Plan Dates: Public Comment period Closes November 30, 2019 Address: Written public comments on the DRAFT strategic Plan may be submitted by either: US mail to Nooksack Indian Tribe, ATT: Strategic Plan Public Comment, PO Box 157, Deming, WA 98244Hand Delivered to Nooksack Indian Tribe, ATT: Strategic Plan Public Comment, 5016 Deming Rd, Deming, WA 98244Email to community@nooksack-nsn.gov (Subject: Strategic Plan Public Comment)

Free Wills/Estate Planning Clinic

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A last will dictates who will inherit your assets, your IIM account and Tribal trust lands and, most importantly, it will also designate who will care for your minor children. A Community Property Agreement puts into writing that you and your spouse’s property belongs to the marital community. Most real assets will automatically transfer to your spouse upon your death. A Durable Power of Attorney is used while you are still alive but for some reason unable to take care of your finances. This document will designate a person to help you during incapacitation.  A Medical Power of Attorney is used while you are still alive as well, but it is to designate a person to help doctors decide what is medically in your best interest. A Health Care Directivel Living Will directs doctors on subjects such as “do not resuscitate”. A Directive to Family lets your family know your wishes on after-death arrangements (i.e. cremation vs. burial, ceremony, etc). All information is confidential very little personal information is needed to prepare these documents. The next Clinic will be held OCTOBER 22ND-24th, 2019 If you are a Nooksack Tribal member and interested in having a Will prepared at NO COST, pleaseRead More

Nooksack WIC Office Closure 10/21-25

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We’re re-imagining WIC! We’re closed while we get ready for something new. When we re-open, we’ll have a new computer system and you’ll get a WIC Card to shop for WIC foods. We’ll re-open: October 28, 2019 at 8:30am You’re important to us. If you have an immediate need for formula or foods please contact the local food bank at: 360-676-0392. They’re aware of this need during the week WIC is closed. Thanks so much, Your Nooksack WIC Staff

Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Program

Honoring All Veterans Who Have Served Monday, November 11, 2019 11:00 AM Mí sq’ eq’ ó Community Building 2515 Sulwhanon Road, Everson, WA 98247 A complimentary Lunch will be served after the ceremony for Attendees. Please contact Candace Kelly via e-mail at ckelly@nooksack- nsn.gov or call (360) 592-0135 for more information We look forward to seeing you there! ! !