Wildfire smoke is a health concern

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While Washington state wasn’t forecast to see above normal wildfire risk this summer, local air quality has still been impacted by wildfire smoke, creating hazardous health conditions. The chance of a large fire – and smoky conditions to follow – in any given year is increasing due to climate change. Even distant fires, such as in California or British Columbia, can impact local air quality – and your health. The Northwest is currently enduring lingering smoke and the Nooksack Health Department encourages staying inside and limiting outdoor activity until conditions improve. According to the CDC, wildfire smoke is a mix of gases and fine particles that can make people sick when breathed. It’s especially concerning for those with asthma, COPD, and heart disease, for women who are pregnant, and for children. Exposure to wildfire smoke can cause coughing, trouble breathing, stinging eyes, runny nose, headaches, chest pain, and more. To protect yourself, stay inside on particularly smoky days, stock up on N95 masks for times when it’s necessary to leave home in smoky conditions, and learn to make your own in-home air filtration system. Clean air agencies recommend attaching a filter to a box fan and using the fan inRead More

Barron-Nooksack Housing partnership improving heating, energy efficiency in tribal homes

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Nooksack Tribal Housing has partnered with the local company Barron Heating, Electrical, and Plumbing, to replace outdated and poorly performing hot water heaters in tribal homes. The project is improving both the availability of heat and hot water for residents while improving the electrical efficiency of the equipment. Barron provided the following statement about the effort:“Barron is delighted to be partnering with the Nooksack Tribal Housing Authority (NTHA) to revitalize the heating and hot water for the occupants at the Whispering Cedars complex in Everson. We have already replaced four out of 12 of the combination water heater tanks that already existed and will now be replacing all remaining units with a tankless combination boiler. The tanks that are currently installed are past their optimal running age, are inefficient, and underperforming, leaving the occupants with little to no heat or hot water. We are grateful that the NTHA shares our vision of bringing reliable equipment to the home so residents can experience the comfort and security that heat can provide during the colder seasons. These boilers are capable of providing heat and hot water to the home simultaneously without sacrificing efficiency and will have our continued support long after theRead More

Housing Department gets grant to build new units

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The Nooksack Housing Authority has been awarded grant funding to built the Nooksack Project, which will provide much-needed additional affordable housing units for the Nooksack Reservation. This new construction project will consist of three two-bedroom units and one four-bedroom unit. The two-bedroom units will be contained in a triplex on its own lot, located on First Street in Deming. The four-bedroom unit will also be located on its own lot on First Street. Both lots are on the Nooksack Reservation. The new housing project will be on Tribal Trust land and there is a resolution from Tribal Council to allocate the land for affordable housing, in order to allow for the Tribe to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 virus and similar threats by eliminating the spread of disease. These four new housing units, with a total of 10 bedrooms, will help the Housing Department to prevent, prepare and respond to health emergencies by substantially reducing current overcrowded living conditions which exacerbate the spread of disease and create overall unhealthy home environments. The four-bedroom home will be one-story and will contain two full bathrooms. The two-bedroom triplex units will also each have two full bathrooms. Additional amenities includeRead More

New judge serving Nooksack Tribal Court

Tribal Court, Uncategorized

Nooksack Tribal Court has a new Chief Judge, Doug Hyldahl. The Chief Judge hears civil, criminal, juvenile, and domestic cases, and issues decisions and orders. The Nooksack Tribal Council on Monday, August 1, swore Hyldahl into the position to handle Nooksack Tribal Court cases.

New financial assistance available to qualifying Nooksack families

Social Services, Uncategorized

The Social Services department has a new financial assistance program available to qualifying families. When applying, be prepared to submit proof of Tribal enrollment, income, rental agreement, utility bills, and proof of school enrollment for children in the home.

Stewart Mountain project progressing with Tribe’s support

Cultural Resources, Natural Resources, Uncategorized

How are forest-covered mountains, rivers, and salmon intertwined? Salmon need cold, clean water to thrive in rivers like the Nooksack. Streams that drain from healthy forests into salmon-bearing rivers are cooler and cleaner thanks to the shade and rainwater filtration mature trees offer. Because of that connection – and evidence that improvements are needed in forestlands feeding the South Fork Nooksack River – the Tribe is working with various partners to better manage forests on Stewart Mountain. The partners are working to establish a public community forest on the mountain and to care for the land in ways that will bolster water quantity and quality in the South Fork during the critical summer months when streamflows are lowest and temperatures highest – a deadly combination for fish. “The more we can create these opportunities of preservation and conservation along the South Fork is good for everyone,” Jeremiah Johnny of the Tribe’s Culture Department said in the following video about the project, called the Stewart Mountain Community Forest Initiative. The goal is to acquire 5,500 acres of Stewart Mountain, about 30 miles east of Bellingham, to protect and improve the South Fork Nooksack River. In June, the Whatcom County Council allocatedRead More

Back-to-School checks to be distributed starting Aug. 9

Education, Uncategorized

Tribal Council has approved Back-to-School support checks for students ages 4-19. Ages 4-5 qualify for $225 and ages 6-19 qualify for $300 to help families prepare for the 2022-2023 school year. Proof of enrollment in Head Start or high school is required for certain age groups. Check pick-up will be offered Tuesday, August 9, and Wednesday, August 10, at Administration. ID is required. Any checks not picked up during the allotted time will be mailed to qualifying families. Contact Education Department Director Donia Edwards with any questions.

National Tribal Emergency Management Council offering amateur radio training

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Staying connected during an emergency – such as Nooksack River flooding, volcanic activity at Mount Baker, or an earthquake – is key. From a workshop (tomorrow!) offering the basics of emergency radios to a six-week opportunity to become licensed as an amateur radio operator, the National Tribal Emergency Management Council has a lineup of lessons for tribal communities throughout August and September. Events will take place: • In-person at the NTEMC Center of Innovation (21300 99th Ave SE, Snohomish, WA 98296), although some of the instructors and presenters may be remotely linked; and, • On-line at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83705266033

Salmon distribution set for Friday

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Salmon, halibut, and prawns are available for distribution to Nooksack Tribal Members. They will be distributed Friday, August 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. alongside Food Bank distribution outside the Social Services building, at 5061 Deming Road.

State’s Missing Indigenous Person Alert now active

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To subscribe: wsp.wa.gov/crime/alerts-missing-persons Washington state’s new alert system for missing indigenous people went online July 1, connecting tribal, state, federal, and municipal agencies for a coordinated response when a member of a tribe is reported missing and law enforcement deems them in danger.The Missing Indigenous Person Alert (MIPA) is an addition to the existing suite of Missing Endangered Alert Systems, alongside the familiar Amber Alert, in which the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit (MUPU) coordinates with the Washington State Department of Transportation and in-state broadcasters.“This is a significant step for our state and agency,” MUPU Director Carrie Gordon said in a news release. “We know that indigenous people go missing at a significantly higher rate than the general population.”MIPA is intended to create a rapid response in order to find and assist indigenous people in danger.“Hopefully, like our other alerts, the system will not be needed very often. But when it is needed and used, we feel it can be a very helpful tool in recovery,” Gordon said.For the system to be activated, an indigenous person must be reported missing to law enforcement due to unexplained, involuntary, or suspicious circumstances; be believed to be in danger becauseRead More

Bi-Annual mammogram event set for Aug. 18

Health Center, Uncategorized

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S., behind skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in American women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In an effort to combat breast cancer in the local community, the Nooksack Health Clinic regularly hosts mobile mammogram events. Clinic Manager Andrea Garcia said during the last event in April, 21 women were screened for the disease and each were offered a gift bag, flower, refreshments and educational information for participating. A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. The X-ray images are analyzed for specks that may indicate the presence of cancer. Mammograms save lives because, according to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, they are the best way to detect the cancer early – and early detection improves the odds of successful treatment. While in 2020 still an astounding 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer globally – meaning a woman somewhere in the world received the awful news every 14 seconds – death rates from the disease have declined about 40 percent over recent decades. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation credits that improvementRead More

Youth internship with stipend offered in August

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The Mt Baker Community Coalition is offering youth ages 14-22 a summer internship opportunity from August 15-19. Participants must reside within the Mount Baker School District and sign up by July 22. Transportation is available during the program. The internship is focused on the prevention of youth substance use and will include lessons about prevention, health, resume-building, and more. Internship projects are youth-led and flexible, so long as they meet certain criteria. A $500 stipend will be provided upon completion of the einternship. Additional opportunities to earn cash will be offered, as well, including assisting with prevention campaigns for the school district the following week.  The Mt Baker Community Coalition (MBCC) includes youth-led and youth-serving organizations that promote healthy youth development and work to prevent youth substance abuse. We support positive mental health for youth and work to end youth suicide.  The coalition is coordinated through the nonprofit Whatcom Family & Community Network and partners with the Mount Baker School District and civic groups.

Shellfish harvest closure expands

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Recreational harvest of shellfish is closed on all Whatcom County beaches, including popular local beaches at Drayton Harbor and Birch Bay. The closure is due to the elevated presence of paralytic shellfish poisoning – a toxin that cannot be cooked out of clams, mussels, oysters, or scallops and can be deadly if consumed.

Tribe’s cannabis retailer celebrates its first year

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Between the Ferns Cannabis Company, owned and operated by the Nooksack Indian Tribe in Deming, Washington, is celebrating one year in business. It is the first tribally owned cannabis shop to open in Whatcom County. Located just off Mount Baker Highway, behind the Nooksack Market Center, Between the Ferns opened one year ago on June 21, 2021. Between the Ferns was a long-time dream of many tribal members who are passionate about bringing the health and wellness benefits cannabis and CBD can offer to the community. The company’s Board of Directors was formed in late 2020 and is composed of Nooksack Tribal members and Tribal Leadership. The Nooksack Indian Tribe is proud of the leadership team that opened the dispensary in such a short amount of time. This business entity helps to provide a tax base to the tribe, as well as an additional revenue stream to help support tribal programs. The dispensary also employs eight people, many of whom are Nooksack Tribal members. “We are extremely proud of the hard work that went into opening the doors in 2021. Since then, the store has grown in popularity as we continue to approach marketing and sales efforts in innovative andRead More

Date changed for July Tribal Council meeting

Tribal Council

Because Tribal offices will be closed July 4-5 in observance of Independence Day, the regularly scheduled monthly Council meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 7. The meeting time and location are unchanged.

Shellfish harvest closed

Natural Resources

Recreational harvest of shellfish is closed from Sandy Point to the Canadian border, including popular local beaches at Drayton Harbor and Birch Bay. The closure is due to the elevated presence of paralytic shellfish poisoning – a toxin that cannot be cooked out of clams, mussels, oysters, or scallops and can be deadly if consumed. For more information: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/biotoxin/biotoxin.html or 1-800-562- 5632

College offering application, registration help

Education

The Nooksack Education Department and Northwest Indian College Student Support Services are partnering to offer help with college applications, registration, and more at the Tribe’s Timber Ridge facility next week. Thinking about college but don’t know where to start? This is an opportunity to ask questions and learn how to fulfill your dream of pursuing a college degree! The event will also offer support for current students and returning students who previously left college before finishing a degree program. The Tribe will also offer assistance at the event with Siamscha Scholarship applications. To reserve a one-on-one counseling session for any of these services, contact Jamie Johnson at (360) 966-2043 or Jaime.Johnson@nooksack-nsn.gov.

Tribe to offer summer meal service for youth

Education

School is almost out, so it’s time to plan for summer – and that includes nutrition! The Nooksack Indian Tribe Summer Youth Program has received U.S. Department of Agriculture sponsorship for its Summer Food Service Program. Through the program, meals are available at no charge to children 18 years of age and younger from July 5 to August 26. The program will offer breakfast from 9-9:30 a.m. and lunch noon-1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at Timber Ridge, 5604 Mission Road. For more information, contact Youth Program Manager Dean Ollinger at 360-966-9696.

Sunday deadline for WSU Native youth program

Education, Uncategorized

Washington State University is accepting applications until midnight on June 5 for its summer NY’EHE camp for Native youth. The camp is hosted by WSU Native American Programs and will run June 27-July 1 at WSU’s Pullman campus. The college provides all supplies needed for the camp. and all expenses are covered except transportation to and from the campus. The NY’EHE (Native Youth Exploring Higher Education) camp is for incoming high school students. During the program, students stay in WSU residence halls and participate in a variety of STEAM and college exploration activities. Each day is filled with academic, social, and light physical activities. Students will learn from WSU faculty, staff, students, and cultural guests. The application, available online, must be completed by both the student and their parent(s)/guardian(s). Participants must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

CANCELED – Nooksack General Manager resumes community tea

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UPDATE – The event has been canceled. (Outdated information below) Following a long hiatus during the COVID pandemic, General Manager Katherine Romero is resuming “Tea with the GM” meetings with the community, starting this month. The event is set for 5:30-7 p.m. on Tues., May 31, at the Karen Street Church. The meeting is open to Nooksack Tribal Members only. Tea and cookies will be served. “I am pleased to finally be able to bring back my ‘Tea with the GM’ meetings,” Romero wrote in an event announcement. “My goal as the GM is to provide quality services that will improve the quality of life for our tribal members. Please join me to have meaningful discussions about tribal programs and services; share ideas and suggestions; and to just come together in community.” …

NWIC offering tuition-free Summer quarter

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In a first for Northwest Indian College, all summer courses will be offered tuition-free. Tuition is being waived to advance student success, particularly in an effort to close equity gaps, support first- and second-year student success, increase the success of transfer students, bring back stopped out students, and offer targeted courses that historically have high drop and fail rates – giving students an opportunity to catch up. The summer quarter is a reduced, 8-week session, compared 10-11 week courses during the academic year. With regular tuition normally $99 per credit plus a $135 fee for full-time students, students taking a full course load (12 credits) this summer can expect to save $1,323 in tuition.  Although the courses are free, the courses are still part of a student’s permanent academic record. Registration for summer is open May 17 to July 2. The quarter runs July 6 to August 20. Registration also opened for fall quarter on May 17. Registration closes Sept. 17 and the quarter begins Sept. 20. For more information: nwic.edu.

Nooksack Tribal Police welcomes new Chief

Law Enforcement, Uncategorized

The Nooksack Tribal Council is pleased to announce that we have a new Chief of Police, Nooksack Tribal Member Francisco Sanchez. “Council is excited to have a Nooksack Tribal Member leading our Police Department,” Chairwoman RoseMary LaClair said. “We know he can protect, serve and lead his department in a thoughtful and honorable manner while keeping our cultural teachings and Tribe’s values in mind. Francisco has a proven track record of honorable service to our community.” Francisco was sworn in on Tuesday, May 10th, and welcomed by Nooksack Tribal Council to this important role. We look forward to the future of our Police Department and thank Chief of Police Sanchez for his willingness to serve our community. Please join us in congratulating him.

NBC III Board of Directors opening

Human Resources, Uncategorized

The Nooksack Tribal Council is seeking a Tribal member to serve on the Board of Directors of the Nooksack Business Corporation III (NBC III). Apply with a resume and letter of interest by Friday, May 27.

NBC III Board of Directors Opening

Administration

The Nooksack Tribal Council is seeking a Tribal Member to serve on the Board of Directors of the Nooksack Business Councill III (NBC III)

COVID-19 Weekly Public Health Memo

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March 25, 2022 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:  6,504 Total Positives:      196 Unvaccinated / 250 Vaccinated Active:  2     Recovered: 440   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 89                    40-49y: 63 10-19y: 78               50-59y: 41 20-29y: 69               60-69y: 15 30-39y: 81               70-79y: 10 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)      Total Negatives:    6,043 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Weekly Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Weekly Public Health Memo March 11, 2022 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:  6,496 Total Positives:      195 Unvaccinated / 249 Vaccinated Active:  4     Recovered: 436   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 89                    40-49y: 63 10-19y: 77               50-59y: 41 20-29y: 69               60-69y: 15 30-39y: 80               70-79y: 10 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)      Total Negatives:    6,043 Total Indeterminate:   7 Total Pending results:  0 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.

COVID-19 Testing Changes

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Effective April 5th, COVID testing will be changing to appointment only at the Clinic from 9:30am to 11:30am and 1:00pm to 3:30pm. Please call the Clinic at 360-966-2106 for an appointment if needed. Thank you.

COVID-19 Weekly Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Weekly Public Health Memo March 11, 2022 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:  6,489 Total Positives:      195 Unvaccinated / 245 Vaccinated Active:  1     Recovered: 435   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 88                    40-49y: 63 10-19y: 77               50-59y: 39 20-29y: 69               60-69y: 15 30-39y: 80               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)      Total Negatives:    6,040 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 3, 2022 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:  6,477 Total Positives:      194 Unvaccinated / 245 Vaccinated Active:  1     Recovered: 434   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 88                    40-49y: 63 10-19y: 77               50-59y: 39 20-29y: 69               60-69y: 15 30-39y: 80               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)      Total Negatives:    6,027 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo March 2, 2022 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:  6,473 Total Positives:        194 Unvaccinated / 245 Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 434   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 88                    40-49y: 63 10-19y: 77               50-59y: 39 20-29y: 69               60-69y: 15 30-39y: 80               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      6,023 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Over 60 Low-Income Nooksack Tribal Members are Awaiting Housing, Including Elders and Those Experiencing Homelessness

Tribal Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2022 Deming, WA. March 2, 2022 – Over 60 Nooksack Tribal members remain on a waiting list for Tribal housing, including elders and those experiencing homelessness. To qualify for Nooksack low-income housing, you must be a) Nooksack, and b) low-income. Nooksack is moving forward with making Nooksack low-income rental housing available to Nooksack Tribal members who await affordable housing. We encourage those who do not qualify for housing to seek housing elsewhere, as Nooksack cannot continue to rent to those who do not qualify, while Nooksack Tribal members remain without housing. On January 6 the Nooksack Tribal Council agreed to a request from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to hold off on a lengthy eviction process until the end of January, so that the Bureau could investigate the process. They investigated, and on February 2 Nooksack received written confirmation from the BIA that no violations of housing policies or regulations were found. That letter is attached. “I urge the press to ignore the self-promotional tweets of a lawyer who indulges in online attacks on the sovereignty and self-determination of the Nooksack people,” said Ross Cline Sr, Nooksack Tribal Chair. “This lawyer claims to represent peopleRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 28, 2022 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:  6,464 Total Positives:        194 Unvaccinated / 245 Vaccinated Active:  3      Recovered: 432   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 88                    40-49y: 63 10-19y: 77               50-59y: 39 20-29y: 69               60-69y: 15 30-39y: 80               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      6,017 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 25, 2022 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:  6,461 Total Positives:        194 Unvaccinated / 245 Vaccinated Active:  3      Recovered: 432   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 88                    40-49y: 63 10-19y: 77               50-59y: 39 20-29y: 69               60-69y: 15 30-39y: 80               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      6,014 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 24, 2022 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:  6,458 Total Positives:        194 Unvaccinated / 243 Vaccinated Active:  4      Recovered: 429   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 88                    40-49y: 63 10-19y: 76               50-59y: 39 20-29y: 68               60-69y: 15 30-39y: 80               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      6,005 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 23, 2022 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:  6,447 Total Positives:        193 Unvaccinated / 243 Vaccinated Active:  3      Recovered: 429   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 87                    40-49y: 63 10-19y: 76               50-59y: 39 20-29y: 68               60-69y: 15 30-39y: 80               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      6,000 Total Indeterminate:   7 Total Pending results:  6 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 22, 2022 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:  6,441 Total Positives:        193 Unvaccinated / 243 Vaccinated Active:  5      Recovered: 427   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 87                    40-49y: 63 10-19y: 76               50-59y: 39 20-29y: 68               60-69y: 15 30-39y: 80               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,998 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 17, 2022 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:  6,439 Total Positives:        193 Unvaccinated / 243 Vaccinated Active:  12    Recovered: 420   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 87                    40-49y: 63 10-19y: 76               50-59y: 39 20-29y: 68               60-69y: 15 30-39y: 80               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,996 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 16, 2022 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:  6,438 Total Positives:        193 Unvaccinated / 243 Vaccinated Active:  14    Recovered: 418   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 87                    40-49y: 63 10-19y: 76               50-59y: 39 20-29y: 68               60-69y: 15 30-39y: 80               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,988 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Once Again Reaffirms the Sovereignty and Jurisdiction of the Nooksack Indian Tribe

Tribal Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2022 Seattle Attorney Gabe Galanda lost his third successive appeal before the Ninth Circuit against the Nooksack Tribe, in his ongoing attempt to deny tribal governments and tribal courts their sovereignty and jurisdiction. Galanda has lost every case against Nooksack, and the courts have upheld the sovereignty and self-determination of the Nooksack Indian Tribe. Deming, WA, February 16, 2022 – Yesterday the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of Elile Adams’s case against the Nooksack Indian Tribe. Represented by Gabe Galanda, Ms. Adams argued that the Nooksack Tribe lacked jurisdiction over her because she lived on off-reservation trust land, because the tribal court acted in bad faith, and because she was denied due process, as her attorney Galanda was not allowed to appear in tribal court.  The federal court rejected all three arguments. It held that: The Tribe and the State have concurrent criminal jurisdiction over off-reservation trust land.The Tribal Court showed its good faith by appointing a pro tem judge to preside over her case.Gabe Galanda was not allowed to appear because he was not licensed to practice there and had not paid the proper filing fee.  In short, all herRead More

HUD Agrees with BIA that Tribe Evictions Do Not Violate Policies

Tribal Council

February 14, 2022 The Honorable Roswell Cline, Sr. Tribal Chairman  Nooksack Indian Tribe PO Box 157 Deming, WA  98244-0157 SENT VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL Dear Chairman Cline:   Subject:  Nooksack Pending Evictions On December 17, 2021, the Northwest Office of Native American Programs (NwONAP) of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sent you a letter advising you to delay any pending or planned evictions until the Department of the Interior (DOI) completed its investigation into alleged Indian Civil Rights Act (ICRA) violations.  Part of that DOI investigation included a review of whether the evictions are being carried out in accordance with the terms of the rental agreements and Nooksack Indian Housing Authority (NIHA) procedures. On February 3, 2022, NwONAP received correspondence from DOI which provided the results of its review of the alleged ICRA violations.  DOI’s limited review concluded that the Nooksack Tribe’s eviction process has thus far been carried out in accordance with the terms of the rental agreements and NIHA procedures.  DOI’s review pertained only to nine specific individuals residing within the Tribe’s rental units. 1 In response to additional complaints NwONAP received from individuals facing eviction, NwONAP also performed a limited review of available documents to determineRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 14, 2022 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:  6,426 Total Positives:        186 Unvaccinated / 243 Vaccinated Active:  9      Recovered: 416   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 86                    40-49y: 61 10-19y: 77               50-59y: 37 20-29y: 66               60-69y: 14 30-39y: 80               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,973 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 11, 2022 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:  6,409 Total Positives:        184 Unvaccinated / 242 Vaccinated Active:  10    Recovered: 412   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 86                    40-49y: 61 10-19y: 75               50-59y: 37 20-29y: 66               60-69y: 14 30-39y: 79               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,970 Total Indeterminate:   7 Total Pending results:  6 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 10, 2022 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:  6,404 Total Positives:        183 Unvaccinated / 239 Vaccinated Active:  13    Recovered: 405   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 85                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 75               50-59y: 36 20-29y: 65               60-69y: 14 30-39y: 79               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,967 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 9, 2022 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:  6,396 Total Positives:        183 Unvaccinated / 239 Vaccinated Active:  14    Recovered: 404   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 85                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 75               50-59y: 36 20-29y: 65               60-69y: 14 30-39y: 79               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,963 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 8, 2022 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:  6,392 Total Positives:        183 Unvaccinated / 237 Vaccinated Active:  16    Recovered: 400   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 85                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 74               50-59y: 36 20-29y: 65               60-69y: 14 30-39y: 78               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,949 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 7, 2022 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:  6,388 Total Positives:        183 Unvaccinated / 237 Vaccinated Active:  18    Recovered: 398   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 85                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 74               50-59y: 36 20-29y: 65               60-69y: 14 30-39y: 78               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,949 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Restoring Habitat in the North Fork’s Maple Creek Reach

Natural Resources

North Fork Nooksack River Maple Creek Reach Chinook Habitat Restoration By Eric Stover, Watershed Restoration Coordinator The Natural and Cultural Resource Department (NCR) completed the first phase of the two-phase North Fork (Xwqélém) Nooksack Maple Creek (P’eq’ósiy) Reach Restoration Project this past summer. The project is located about a mile east of the town of Maple Falls near the confluence of the North Fork Nooksack River and Maple Creek. A total of 22 engineered logjams (ELJs) were constructed over 0.3 miles of the river and floodplain. The project is part of the department’s broader efforts to increase natural production of chinook and other salmon for sustainable tribal harvest. North/Middle Fork Nooksack early chinook is a genetically unique, native population with low numbers of returning natural-origin fish. The Nooksack Tribe hasn’t had a directed commercial fishery on early chinook in the Nooksack River since about 1980. Currently, NCR staff are working with landowners and government agencies to restore habitat in this part of the North Fork Nooksack River. The right bank landowner is the Whatcom Land Trust (WLT), and the left bank and river channel is managed by Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The WLT has been working forRead More

Nooksack Indian Tribe Demands a Retraction from the UN High Commissioner

Tribal Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Deming, Wa., February 4, 2022 – Today the Nooksack Indian Tribe reached out the United Nations High Commissioner demanding an immediate retraction after two UN special rapporteurs failed to contact the Nooksack Indian Tribe, accepted as fact outrageous and disproved allegations from a Seattle attorney, then released an investigation riddled with misinformation. All sovereign nations have rules for who is a citizen, and the most common is to be descended from a citizen. You cannot simply move to another country, declare yourself a citizen, and take government housing or health care away from citizens. Whether it is Germany, the United States, or the Nooksack Indian Tribe, it is widely understood that those are benefits governments reserve for its citizens. At the Nooksack Indian Tribe our rules for citizenship are simple: if you are descended from a Nooksack Tribal member and an Indian, you take your proof of lineage to the enrollment office and are granted citizenship. There were over 200 people – many represented by attorney Gabe Galanda – who said they were citizens, but who did not follow the rules for citizenship. They did not take proof of lineage to the enrollment office, and therefore areRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 4, 2022 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:  6,380 Total Positives:        181 Unvaccinated / 234 Vaccinated Active:  24    Recovered: 389   Unrecovered: 4 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 84                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 74               50-59y: 34 20-29y: 65               60-69y: 14 30-39y: 77               70-79y: 7 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,944 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

How Do We Reduce Harm During Flooding?

Natural Resources

With flood recovery efforts estimated as high as $50 million and nearly 1,900 structures reported damaged, many families and businesses are displaced and recovering from the devastating flooding events across Whatcom County in November. Individuals impacted by the flood are calling for solutions to prevent the next disaster. The quick-fix solution at the tip of many tongues? Dredging the Nooksack River. Proponents of dredging suggest removal of sand, sediment, and gravel with the intention of deepening river channels and increasing water capacity during high flow events. Mountainous watersheds, like those that drain the volcanoes of the North Cascades, are naturally sediment-rich systems, especially as glaciers are receding and major flooding events are becoming more common. “The Nooksack River is the second largest contributor of sediment to the Puget Sound Basin,” said Mike Maudlin, Nooksack’s Forest and Fish Specialist/Restoration Geomorphologist. “It contributes nearly 1.5 million tons of sediment per year, which is over 20% of the total load to the basin.” Due to climate change, melting glaciers expose more ground to erosion, he explained, and warmer winter weather means more precipitation falling as rain rather than snow, further increasing flooding and erosion. It is estimated that this latest flood may haveRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 2, 2022 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:  6,368 Total Positives:        180 Unvaccinated / 231 Vaccinated Active:  29    Recovered: 380   Unrecovered: 4 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 84                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 74               50-59y: 34 20-29y: 63               60-69y: 13 30-39y: 76               70-79y: 7 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,940 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 1, 2022 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:  6,359 Total Positives:        179 Unvaccinated / 229 Vaccinated Active:  27    Recovered: 379   Unrecovered: 4 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 84                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 73               50-59y: 34 20-29y: 62               60-69y: 12 30-39y: 76               70-79y: 7 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,935 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo January 31, 2022 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:  6,351 Total Positives:      177 Unvaccinated / 225 Vaccinated Active:  24   Recovered: 376   Unrecovered: 4 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 82                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 71               50-59y: 34 20-29y: 61               60-69y: 12 30-39y: 75               70-79y: 7 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:    5,930 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo January 28, 2022 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:  6,339 Total Positives:      177 Unvaccinated / 222 Vaccinated Active:  32   Recovered: 365   Unrecovered: 4 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 82                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 70               50-59y: 34 20-29y: 61               60-69y: 10 30-39y: 75               70-79y: 7 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:    5,929 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo January 27, 2022 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:  6,335 Total Positives:      178 Unvaccinated / 218 Vaccinated Active:  36   Recovered: 358   Unrecovered: 4 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 81                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 70               50-59y: 34 20-29y: 59               60-69y: 10 30-39y: 75               70-79y: 7 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:    5,927 Total Indeterminate:   7 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo January 26, 2022 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:  6,330 Total Positives:      173 Unvaccinated / 214 Vaccinated Active:  31   Recovered: 354   Unrecovered: 4 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 79                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 67               50-59y: 34 20-29y: 58               60-69y: 10 30-39y: 72               70-79y: 7 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:    5,904 Total Indeterminate:   7 Total Pending results:  32 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo January 25, 2022 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:  6,322 Total Positives:      170 Unvaccinated / 206 Vaccinated Active:  30   Recovered: 344   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 79                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 64               50-59y: 34 20-29y: 53               60-69y: 10 30-39y: 70               70-79y: 6 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:    5,882 Total Indeterminate:   6 Total Pending results:  58 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo January 24, 2022 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:  6,298 Total Positives:      170 Unvaccinated / 206 Vaccinated Active:  30   Recovered: 344   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 79                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 64               50-59y: 34 20-29y: 53               60-69y: 10 30-39y: 70               70-79y: 6 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:    5,882 Total Indeterminate:   6 Total Pending results:  34 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo January 20, 2022 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:  6,264 Total Positives:      168 Unvaccinated / 198 Vaccinated Active:  37   Recovered: 327   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 77                    40-49y: 59 10-19y: 61               50-59y: 33 20-29y: 53               60-69y: 10 30-39y: 67               70-79y: 6 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:    5,862 Total Indeterminate:   6 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo January 18, 2022 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:  6,219 Total Positives:      165 Unvaccinated / 181 Vaccinated Active:  34   Recovered: 310   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 76                    40-49y: 56 10-19y: 58               50-59y: 28 20-29y: 50               60-69y: 10 30-39y: 63               70-79y: 5 Total Presumptive:  2 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:    5,829 Total Indeterminate:   4 Total Pending results:  40 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo January 14, 2022 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:  6,179 Total Positives:      165 Unvaccinated / 165 Vaccinated Active:  17   Recovered: 311   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 74                    40-49y: 53 10-19y: 56               50-59y: 25 20-29y: 47               60-69y: 10 30-39y: 61               70-79y: 4 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:    5,805 Total Indeterminate:   4 Total Pending results:  40 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo January 13, 2022 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:  6,139 Total Positives:      165 Unvaccinated / 164  Vaccinated Active:  28   Recovered: 299   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 74                    40-49y: 53 10-19y: 56               50-59y: 25 20-29y: 47               60-69y: 10 30-39y: 60               70-79y: 4 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:    5,745 Total Indeterminate:   4 Total Pending results:  61 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo January 12, 2022 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:  6,122 Total Positives:      152 Unvaccinated / 133  Vaccinated Active:  16   Recovered: 267   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 64                    40-49y: 48 10-19y: 47               50-59y: 22 20-29y: 41               60-69y: 8 30-39y: 51               70-79y: 4 Total Presumptive:  3 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:    5,740 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  126 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo January 11, 2022 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:  6,114 Total Positives:        152 Unvaccinated / 133  Vaccinated Active:  24    Recovered: 259   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 64                    40-49y: 48 10-19y: 47               50-59y: 22 20-29y: 41               60-69y: 8 30-39y: 51               70-79y: 4 Total Presumptive:  3 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,740 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  88 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo January 10, 2022 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:  6,084 Total Positives:        152 Unvaccinated / 132  Vaccinated Active:  23    Recovered: 259   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 64                    40-49y: 48 10-19y: 47               50-59y: 22 20-29y: 41               60-69y: 8 30-39y: 50               70-79y: 4 Total Presumptive:  3 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,741 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  58 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo January 7, 2022 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:  6,026 Total Positives:      141 Unvaccinated / 102   Vaccinated Active:  12   Recovered: 229   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 52                    40-49y: 42 10-19y: 41               50-59y: 22 20-29y: 34               60-69y: 8 30-39y: 41               70-79y: 3 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:    5,630 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  152 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.

Nooksack Indian Tribe Satisfies Loan on Nooksack River Casino Property

Tribal Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 7, 2022 After nearly six years of negotiation, the Nooksack Indian Tribe has satisfied the loan secured by the Nooksack River Casino property in Deming, Washington. This frees the property to be developed for governmental programs or for economic development.   After years of dispute with the lenders, which prompted the 2015 closure of the River Casino, the Tribe has satisfied the loan and is now in a position to move forward with future plans for the property. The Nooksack Tribal Council has been considering plans for a new justice center that would house programs that focus on law enforcement, the Nooksack Tribal Court, and other justice-related services. Another option it may consider is some type of economic development to take advantage of the property’s prime retail location.      Chairman Cline remarked: “The Nooksack Tribal Council is pleased to inform the community that the former Nooksack River Casino Property is now free for future development. In the near future, we will consider plans to develop the property in the way that maximizes its unique value and best serves the needs of the Tribe.”

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo January 4, 2022 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:  5874 Total Positives:      138 Unvaccinated / 89   Vaccinated Active:  9     Recovered: 216   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 52                    40-49y: 38 10-19y: 36               50-59y: 20 20-29y: 32               60-69y: 7 30-39y: 39               70-79y: 3 Total Presumptive:  3 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:    5,523 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  123 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo January 3, 2022 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:  5751 Total Positives:      138 Unvaccinated /  89   Vaccinated Active:  9     Recovered: 216   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 52                    40-49y: 38 10-19y: 36               50-59y: 20 20-29y: 32               60-69y: 7 30-39y: 39               70-79y: 3 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:    5,513 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Notice of 2022 Nooksack Tribal Council Election

Election Board

NOTICE OF ELECTION Primary Election: February 19, 2022 General Election: March 19, 2022 Voting Location and Hours: Mi sq’ eq’ ó Community Building, 2515 Sulwhanon Road, Everson, Washington Polling Hours – Primary Election Polls are open from 9 am – 5 pm. February 17, 18 & 19, 2022 Polling Hours – General Election Polls are open from 9 am – 5 pm. March 17, 18 & 19, 2022 Offices on the Ballot: Tribal Chairman, Tribal Secretary, and Council Positions A and B Absentee Voting: Any eligible voter may vote by Absentee ballot in the Primary and/or the General Elections. Absentee ballots must be requested by the voter from the Election Board. Requests may be made in person at the Election Board office during regular business hours, by telephone at (505) 980-1076, by email at trainey@electionpeople.com or by mail at Nooksack Election Supervisor, Post Office Box 6306, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 87197, beginning December 27, 2021 and ending January 7, 2022. Regardless of the method used to request an Absentee ballot, the requester, must be able to confirm their membership number, date of birth, and official address as confirmed by the Nooksack Tribal Enrollment Department. Candidate Filing: To secure a place onRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo December 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:  5564 Total Positives:      125 Unvaccinated /  33   Vaccinated Active:  5     Recovered: 151   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 42                    40-49y: 25 10-19y: 24               50-59y: 13 20-29y: 20               60-69y: 5 30-39y: 27               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:    5,400 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo December 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:  5559 Total Positives:        125 Unvaccinated / 33   Vaccinated Active:  5      Recovered: 151   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 42                    40-49y: 25 10-19y: 24               50-59y: 13 20-29y: 20               60-69y: 5 30-39y: 27               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,395 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Omicron Variant and Recommendation for Boosters: A Letter from the Nooksack Health Officer

Health Center

December 16, 2021 Out of concern about the Omicron variant, the CDC has recommended that everyone 16+ receive a COVID-19 booster dose. Within the last few weeks, the Omicron variant has come to Washington. This variant appears to spread twice as quickly as the Delta variant, which spread too quickly already. It will likely replace Delta in our region very quickly, most likely within a few weeks. Prior COVID infection does not protect well against this strain, and we do not yet know how effective the vaccines will be. This is a serious development. Already St. Joe’s is running over 100% occupancy, which means that both ill people with COVID and ill people from everything else (car crashes, heart attacks) may not be able to get into the hospital. The greatest risk is for the unvaccinated. If you know any one that is not immunized, please ask them to do so now. Anyone ages 5 and older can now get vaccinated. Vaccination protects both the individual and the community. If a high-risk person becomes infected, it is very important that they seek care immediately by calling the clinic or going to urgent care in town after calling. There are infusionsRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo December 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:  5554 Total Positives:        125 Unvaccinated /  32   Vaccinated Active:  4      Recovered: 151   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 42                    40-49y: 25 10-19y: 24               50-59y: 13 20-29y: 20               60-69y: 5 30-39y: 26               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,365 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  31 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo December 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:  5523 Total Positives:        125 Unvaccinated / 32   Vaccinated Active:  4      Recovered: 151   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 42                    40-49y: 25 10-19y: 24               50-59y: 13 20-29y: 20               60-69y: 5 30-39y: 26               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,355 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo December 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:  5514 Total Positives:        125 Unvaccinated /  30   Vaccinated Active:  5      Recovered: 148   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 42                    40-49y: 25 10-19y: 24               50-59y: 13 20-29y: 20               60-69y: 4 30-39y: 25               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,346 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo December 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:  5502 Total Positives:        125 Unvaccinated /  29   Vaccinated Active:  4      Recovered: 148   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 42                    40-49y: 24 10-19y: 24               50-59y: 13 20-29y: 20               60-69y: 4 30-39y: 25               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,335 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Public Comments on Release of Funds for Mini Homes

Housing

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE FUNDS On or about 12/10/2021 the Nooksack Tribe proposes to request the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of federal funds under Indian Housing Block Cares Grant 20BV5310760 CARES funding as amended, and Indian Housing Block American Rescue Plan ACT Grant number: 21AH5310760, to be used for the following project. Public Comments Any interested agencies, groups or persons disagreeing with the decisions are invited to submit email comments to Post Office Box; Deming, WA 98244; mklushkan@nooksack-nsn.gov and to Tom.Carney@hud.gov.  This publication is in response to the COVID19 National Disaster and we are publishing under the Emergency Provision at 24 CFR 58.33 which allows tribes to publish the combined Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Request Release of (NOI-RROF) simultaneously with the submission of the RROF to HUD. The funds are needed on an emergency basis due to a declared disaster. All comments received by 12/25/2021 12:01 AM will be considered by the Nooksack Tribe, Malori Klushkan and HUD prior to the release of funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.  Environmental Certification The Nooksack Tribe certifies to HUD that Ross Cline in his/her capacity asRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo December 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:  5490 Total Positives:        125 Unvaccinated /  28   Vaccinated Active:  4      Recovered: 147   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 42                    40-49y: 23 10-19y: 24               50-59y: 13 20-29y: 20               60-69y: 4 30-39y: 25               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,317 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  19 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo December 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:  5476 Total Positives:        125 Unvaccinated /  28   Vaccinated Active:  5      Recovered: 146   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 42                    40-49y: 23 10-19y: 24               50-59y: 13 20-29y: 20               60-69y: 4 30-39y: 25               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,311 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo December 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:  5465 Total Positives:        125 Unvaccinated / 27   Vaccinated Active:  5      Recovered: 145   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 42                    40-49y: 22 10-19y: 24               50-59y: 13 20-29y: 20               60-69y: 4 30-39y: 25               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,282 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  27 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo December 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:  5458 Total Positives:        125 Unvaccinated /  27   Vaccinated Active:  5      Recovered: 145   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 42                    40-49y: 22 10-19y: 24               50-59y: 13 20-29y: 20               60-69y: 4 30-39y: 25               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,282 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  20 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo December 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:  5438 Total Positives:        124 Unvaccinated / 27   Vaccinated Active:  8      Recovered: 141   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 41                    40-49y: 22 10-19y: 24               50-59y: 13 20-29y: 20               60-69y: 4 30-39y: 25               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,275 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo December 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:  5427 Total Positives:        124 Unvaccinated / 26   Vaccinated Active:  7      Recovered: 141   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 41                    40-49y: 21 10-19y: 24               50-59y: 13 20-29y: 20               60-69y: 4 30-39y: 25               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,259 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo December 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:  5412 Total Positives:        124 Unvaccinated / 26  Vaccinated Active:  7      Recovered: 141   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 41                    40-49y: 21 10-19y: 24               50-59y: 13 20-29y: 20               60-69y: 4 30-39y: 25               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,247 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo November 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:  5398 Total Positives:        124 Unvaccinated / 23 Vaccinated Active:  4      Recovered: 141   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 41                    40-49y: 21 10-19y: 24               50-59y: 12 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 25               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  3 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,213 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  37 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo November 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:  5368 Total Positives:        124 Unvaccinated / 23 Vaccinated Active:  9      Recovered: 136   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 41                    40-49y: 21 10-19y: 24               50-59y: 12 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 25               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  2 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,193 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  27 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.

Flood Impacts on Salmon, Cultural Resources

Natural Resources

Flooding is a natural process and important for salmon habitat formation. Historically, abundant salmon and diverse habitat provided natural resilience to flooding, but the legacy and ongoing impacts to salmon habitats have left them much more vulnerable to extreme events. Given the fragile status of our salmon populations, the Tribe’s Natural & Cultural Resources Department is concerned about the impacts of the recent, historic flood event. High river flows risk washing out salmon eggs and displacing rearing juveniles, unless they are able to access slow-moving water. Depending on how the flood waters recede, fish can also get stranded on the floodplain. Additionally, emergency response to protect people and property after major flooding can include rapid installation of riprap and bulldozer construction, which can often damage salmon habitat. If that wasn’t enough, flooding creates a toxic slurry of contamination, introducing chemicals, gasoline, oil, paint, manure lagoon storage, and more into the river. “After all the restoration work the Tribe has done, it feels like two steps forward, and ten steps back,” says Natural & Cultural Resource Director George Swanaset, Jr. days after the November flood. The flood appears to be one of the top flood events on record for the NorthRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo November 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:  5321 Total Positives:        122 Unvaccinated / 21   Vaccinated Active:  5      Recovered: 136   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 39                    40-49y: 21 10-19y: 24               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 24               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,152 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  25 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo November 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:  5296 Total Positives:        119 Unvaccinated / 20   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 136   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 21 10-19y: 23               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 23               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,143 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo November 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:  5283 Total Positives:        119 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  0      Recovered: 136   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 21 10-19y: 23               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 22               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,134 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo November 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:  5276 Total Positives:      119 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  0     Recovered: 136   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 21 10-19y: 23               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 22               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:    5,130 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo November 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:  5255 Total Positives:        119 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 135   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 21 10-19y: 23               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 22               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,101 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo November 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:  5248 Total Positives:        119 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  2      Recovered: 134   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 21 10-19y: 23               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 22               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,101 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo November 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:  5240 Total Positives:        119 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  3      Recovered: 133   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 21 10-19y: 23               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 22               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,085 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo November 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:  5225 Total Positives:        118 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  2      Recovered: 133   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 20 10-19y: 23               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 22               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,063 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo November 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:  5225 Total Positives:        117 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 133   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 20 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 22               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,050 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  38 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo November 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:  5209 Total Positives:        117 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 133   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 20 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 22               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,050 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Nooksack Works to Obtain Grant Funding for Affordable Housing

Housing

The Nooksack Housing Department is in the process of applying for an Indian Community Development Block Grant through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Nooksack’s proposal would provide much needed affordable housing units for the Nooksack Tribe. This new construction project will consist of three (3) two-bedroom units and one (1) four-bedroom unit. The three two-bedroom units will be contained in a triplex on its own lot located on First Street in Deming. The four-bedroom unit will also be located on its own lot on First Street. For questions, please contact Housing Director Malori Klushkan at mklushkan@nooksack-nsn.gov.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo November 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:  5187 Total Positives:        117 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 133   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 20 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 22               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,037 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Situation Report for October 2021

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response for October COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic takes place November 9 & 10 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen will al be offered.Booster vaccine guidelines: Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine: The following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series: 65 years and older. Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings. Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions. Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settingsJanssen (Johnson and Johnson) Vaccine: People aged ≥18 years who received a single dose Janssen primary series should receive a single COVID-19 booster dose at least 2 months later. Janssen is available, but evidence suggests that Moderna booster shots are considerably more effective in boosting than the Janssen primary vaccine dose. Generally, the same vaccine as the primary should be used, but any of the vaccines are approved to boost any primary series.November 30, 2021 is the deadline to participate in the COVID Vaccination Incentive. If you were vaccinated at the Nooksack Health Clinic, no action is required. If you were vaccinated elsewhere, please provide your vaccination verification and enrollment number to Frank LeyvaRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  5174 Total Positives:        117 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 133   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 20 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 22               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,020 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Tribal Council Announces ARPA Emergency Assistance

Tribal Council

On Oct. 28, 2021, the Tribal Council set the date for the #3 ARPA emergency assistance of $1,000 plus the Holiday Assistance of $300, and an additional $200 for a total of $1,500 to be distributed on Nov. 22 and 23, 2021. This was originally scheduled for early December. Vaccine incentives are still the same scheduled dates of November 15 and December 15.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  5162 Total Positives:        117 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  2      Recovered: 132   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 20 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 22               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,019 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  6 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  5157 Total Positives:        116 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 132   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 22               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,995 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results: 26 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  5141 Total Positives:        116 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 132   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 22               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,992 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  5131 Total Positives:        116 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 132   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 22               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,982 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  5118 Total Positives:        116 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 132   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 22               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,968 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  5106 Total Positives:        115 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  0      Recovered: 132   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 21               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,935 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  38 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  5088 Total Positives:        115 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  0      Recovered: 132   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 21               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,929 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  26 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  5062 Total Positives:        115 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  0      Recovered: 132   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 21               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,904 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  25 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  5054 Total Positives:        115 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 131   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 21               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,897 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  5030 Total Positives:        115 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  4      Recovered: 128   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 21               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,870 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  27 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  5024 Total Positives:        115 Unvaccinated / 19   Vaccinated Active:  7      Recovered: 125   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 3 30-39y: 21               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,868 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  23 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  5003 Total Positives:        115 Unvaccinated / 18   Vaccinated Active:  6      Recovered: 125   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 21               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,820 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  50 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  4987 Total Positives:        115 Unvaccinated / 18   Vaccinated Active:  8      Recovered: 123   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 37                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 21               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,820 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  34 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  4953 Total Positives:        114 Unvaccinated / 18   Vaccinated Active:  13    Recovered: 117   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 36                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 22               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 21               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,800 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  20 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  4936 Total Positives:        112 Unvaccinated / 18   Vaccinated Active:  12    Recovered: 116   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 35                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 21               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 19               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 21               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,771 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  35 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.

Nooksack Fitness Offers Two Fall Fitness Challenges

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Nooksack Fitness is offering two 6-week fall fitness challenges!  Challenge 1: Abmat and core challenge (includes abmat), and/or Challenge 2: Kettlebell challenge (includes kettlebell) To enter either challenge, register here by Oct. 18th.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  4926 Total Positives:        112 Unvaccinated / 17   Vaccinated Active:  11    Recovered: 116   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 35                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 21               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 18               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 21               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,748 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:  49 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  4877 Total Positives:        107 Unvaccinated / 16   Vaccinated Active:  5      Recovered: 116   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 33                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 19               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 18               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 19               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  6 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,723 Total Indeterminate:   1 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo October 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:  4847 Total Positives:        103 Unvaccinated / 16   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 116   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 32                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 18               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 19               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive:  3 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      4,695 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  33 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.

Situation Report for September 2021

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response for September As the Delta variant spreads, hospital bed capacity has been high in Whatcom County and across the state.Tribal Council approved expanding the Emergency Rental Assistance Program for those directly or indirectly affected by COVID-19. The program has been amended to include employees of the Nooksack Indian Tribe and its entities, as well as Nooksack Indian Tribe descendants. To learn more about the program, contact Tiffani Zamudio, Homelessness Resource Manager, at tzamudio@nooksack-nsn.gov or 360-592-0135. Information can also be found here.Nooksack’s Head Start Program and the Youth Program plan to move forward with reopening, as Tribal Council and the Pandemic Response Team approve plans for next steps.The following individuals are being told that they should receive a third dose Pfizer booster:  Anyone who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine more than six months ago, and meet one or more of the following criteria:Are age 65 or older.Live in a long-term care facility.Are age 50 to 64 and fall into one or more of the following high-risk categories: high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, cancer, chronic lung or kidney disease, dementia, and certain disabilities. Learn more here.The Nooksack Tribal Council approved a Vaccination Incentive forRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo September 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:  4828 Total Positives:        103 Unvaccinated / 16   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 116   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 32                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 18               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 19               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,673 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  36 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.

Tribe Declares Burn Ban Lifted

Administration

Public Notice: 9/30/21 From the Office of the General Manager, Katherine Romero The burn ban declared on September 16, 2021, 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo September 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:  4816 Total Positives:        103 Unvaccinated / 16   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 116   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 32                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 18               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 19               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,646 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  51 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo September 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:  4791 Total Positives:        102 Unvaccinated / 16   Vaccinated Active:  0      Recovered: 116   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 32                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 18               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,618 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  55 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo September 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:  4765 Total Positives:        100 Unvaccinated / 18   Vaccinated Active:  0      Recovered: 116   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 32                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 18               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,618 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Social Services, Council Offers Expanded Rental Assistance Program

Social Services, Tribal Council

Are you in need of rental assistance due to the pandemic? The Nooksack Indian Tribe has received a grant to assist Nooksack Tribal members within the United States who have been directly or indirectly affected by COVID-19 with emergency rental assistance. This policy has been recently amended to include employees of the Nooksack Indian Tribe and its entities, as well as Nooksack Indian Tribe descendants. This will include employees of the Nooksack Tribal government, the Nooksack Market Center, Between the Ferns, and the Northwood Casino. For details, applications, and qualifications please contact Nooksack Social Service or the Homelessness Resource Program. Here’s what you need to know about the Nooksack Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance Program: You don’t have to be behind in rent or utilitiesApplicants can be Nooksack Tribal members living anywhere in the U.S.Tribal members of any federally recognized tribe within our service area can apply. This includes Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Contact: Sarah Cline at sarahc@nooksack-nsn.gov or Tiffani Zamudio at tzamudio@nooksack-nsn.gov or call 360-592-0135.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo September 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:  4736 Total Positives:        100 Unvaccinated / 16   Vaccinated Active:  0      Recovered: 114   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 30                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 18               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 2 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,556 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Social Services Requests Input for New Homeowner’s Assistance Fund

Social Services

The Nooksack Indian Tribe has applied for the Homeowner’s Assistance Fund program through the Department of Treasury. This program will be designated to assist Nooksack Tribal members that are homeowners and who have been directly or indirectly affected by COVID-19. The Nooksack Homelessness Program is requesting community input to ensure this program is designed in line with the needs of Nooksack Tribal members who are homeowners. Your time and answers are appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tiffani Zamudio at tzamudio@nooksack-nsn.gov or Heidi Davis at hdavis@nooksack-nsn.gov. The survey is now closed. Thank you.

Council Seeks Nooksack College Student for Education Advisory Board

Tribal Council

The Nooksack Tribal Council is seeking 1 Tribal Member (enrolled student at an accredited college or university and in good standing) to serve on the Education Advisory Board The Council shall appoint an additional member (1) to the Board who is currently a student in an accredited college and in good standing.  The current Board also consists of no fewer than five (5) Tribal Members. An Elder and two community at-large members. The Board members shall be Nooksack Tribal Members and two community-at-large members that can best accomplish the purpose for which the Board was established. The regular meetings of the Board shall be held no less than quarterly. The Nooksack Tribal Council formed an Education Advisory Board by Resolution 13-26 to assist the Council and Education Director with policy analysis among other duties; and to support the selection of applicants, address appeals, and advise the Education Director as necessary.  The Education Advisory Board will also support the sustainment of the scholarship and abide by the Education Advisory Board Bylaws and Nooksack Higher Education Student Handbook. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: The applicant must be a duly enrolled member of the Nooksack Tribe. Must be an enrolled student at an accredited college orRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo September 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:  4723 Total Positives:        100 Unvaccinated / 16   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 113   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 30                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 18               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 2 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,540 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  67 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo September 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:  4672 Total Positives:        100 Unvaccinated / 16   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 113   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 30                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 18               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,512 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  45 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo September 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:  4654 Total Positives:        100 Unvaccinated / 16   Vaccinated Active:  2      Recovered: 112   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 30                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 18               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,512 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  26 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo September 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:  4628 Total Positives:        100 Unvaccinated / 16   Vaccinated Active:  3      Recovered: 111   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 30                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 18               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,504 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo September 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:  4621 Total Positives:        100 Unvaccinated / 16   Vaccinated Active:  3      Recovered: 111   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 30                    40-49y: 19 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 18               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,462 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  43 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo September 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:  4600 Total Positives:        99 Unvaccinated / 16   Vaccinated Active:  2      Recovered: 111   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 30                    40-49y: 18 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 18               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,451 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  34 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.

Whatcom County Superior Court Dismisses Second Meritless Attack on Tribal Jurisdiction

Tribal Council, Tribal Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2021 After nearly four and one-half years, the Whatcom County Superior Court finally dismissed a former tribal member’s meritless claims made in attempt to disregard a Nooksack Tribal Court eviction order entered in 2016.  Following contested eviction proceedings in the Nooksack Tribal Court in late 2016, the Tribal Court issued an order of eviction against the former tribal member.  Dissatisfied with the result in Tribal Court, the former tribal member turned to the Whatcom County Superior Court twice with various theories as to why the Tribal Court order should not stand.  Her first attempt was immediately dismissed, however, the Superior Court kept the second case open while various federal cases (involving Tribal governmental recognition) wound through the appellate courts.  On September 9, 2021, after years of wait, the Superior Court found that complaint “suffers from the need to resolve matters of tribal governance outside the subject matter jurisdiction of [the State Courts].”  Tribal leadership was gratified with the long-awaited news and praised the Superior Court’s recognition of the fact that the Tribal Court is the only proper forum for Nooksack housing issues.    Chairman Cline remarked “The Nooksack Tribal Council is pleased that the Whatcom SuperiorRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo September 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:  4578 Total Positives:        98 Unvaccinated / 15   Vaccinated Active:  2      Recovered: 109   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 29                    40-49y: 18 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 17               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,449 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo September 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:  4566 Total Positives:        98 Unvaccinated / 15   Vaccinated Active:  2      Recovered: 109   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 29                    40-49y: 18 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 17               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,439 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. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo September 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:  4552 Total Positives:        97 Unvaccinated / 15   Vaccinated Active:  5      Recovered: 105   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 29                    40-49y: 17 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 17               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,419 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo September 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:  4545 Total Positives:        97 Unvaccinated / 15   Vaccinated Active:  5      Recovered: 105   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 29                    40-49y: 17 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 11 20-29y: 17               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,418 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.

Public Comment Notice – HUD Assisted Project, Mini Homes

Housing

Nooksack Housing Notice NOI-RROF 2021 PUBLIC COMMENTS: Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Housing Director; Malori Klushkan; email mklushkan@nooksack-nsn.gov, or mailing address Post Office Box 157 Deming, WA 98244.  All comments received by 09/19/2021 days; if notice is mailed must be received by 09/29/2021 will be considered by the Housing Director, Malori Klushkan prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo September 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:  4531 Total Positives:        97 Unvaccinated / 14   Vaccinated Active:  4      Recovered: 105   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 29                    40-49y: 17 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 10 20-29y: 17               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,379 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  41 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 September 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:  4521 Total Positives:        97 Unvaccinated / 14   Vaccinated Active:  4      Recovered: 105   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 29                    40-49y: 17 10-19y: 16               50-59y: 10 20-29y: 17               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,379 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  31 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 September 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:  4490 Total Positives:        96 Unvaccinated / 10   Vaccinated Active:  1      Recovered: 103   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 28                    40-49y: 16 10-19y: 15               50-59y: 9 20-29y: 16               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,351 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  33 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 August 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:  4457 Total Positives:        95 Unvaccinated / 10   Vaccinated Active:  0      Recovered: 103   Unrecovered: 2 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 28                    40-49y: 15 10-19y: 15               50-59y: 9 20-29y: 16               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,322 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.

Situation Report for August 2021

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response for August The Nooksack Tribal community is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases. It is expected that the Delta variant is the predominant strain across the US, which is more than 2x as contagious than the original COVID strain.Make sure to get both doses of Pfizer (now FDA approved) and Moderna (FDA emergency approved). All unvaccinated Tribal members 12+ are encouraged to call the Clinic at 360-966-2106 or request an appointment online by filling out our contact form.COVID-19 testing takes place at the Nooksack Health Clinic from 1:30-3:00 pm most afternoons, with no appointment required. Call 360-966-2106 to confirm.Breakthrough cases have occurred within the Tribe for vaccinated people. Vaccines do protect individuals from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, or dying. Most of the positive cases are for unvaccinated individuals.   The Nooksack Tribal Council approved a Vaccination Incentive for all enrolled Nooksack members who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you were vaccinated at the Nooksack Health Clinic, no action is required. If you were vaccinated elsewhere, please provide your vaccination verification and enrollment number to Frank Leyva <fleyva@nooksack-nsn.gov> by Nov 30th, 2021. Anyone visiting a Tribal department must wear a face mask during their visit.Nooksack employeesRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo August 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:  4427 Total Positives:        95 Unvaccinated / 10   Vaccinated Active:  3      Recovered: 101   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 28                    40-49y: 15 10-19y: 15               50-59y: 9 20-29y: 16               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,234 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  88 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 August 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:  4401 Total Positives:        95 Unvaccinated / 10   Vaccinated Active:  4      Recovered: 100   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 28                    40-49y: 15 10-19y: 15               50-59y: 9 20-29y: 16               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,230 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo August 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:  4346 Total Positives:        95 Unvaccinated / 10   Vaccinated Active:  4      Recovered: 100   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 28                    40-49y: 15 10-19y: 15               50-59y: 9 20-29y: 16               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,165 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  76 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.

Vaccination Incentive Update

Tribal Council

Vaccination Incentive Update: All Tribal members who submitted their vaccination verification to Frank Leyva by Sunday 8/22/2021 are expected to receive their one-time incentive payment in September. On September 2nd, an in-person distribution will take place from 9:30 am – 3 pm at the Nooksack Administrative Office. Distribution will be as contactless as possible. Masks are required and no lingering. All remaining vaccination incentive checks for September will be mailed that afternoon. Any verifications submitted from Aug 23rd thru Sept 30th will be paid on Oct 15th. Any verifications submitted before Oct 31st will be paid Nov 15th. Finally, any verifications submitted before Nov 30th will be paid Dec 15th. November 30th is the final opportunity to participate in the Nooksack Vaccinate Incentive. On August 16, 2021, the Nooksack Tribal Council approved a Vaccination Incentive for all enrolled Nooksack members who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you were vaccinated at the Nooksack Health Clinic, there is nothing you need to do. If you were vaccinated elsewhere, please provide your vaccination verification and enrollment number to Frank Leyva <fleyva@nooksack-nsn.gov> by Nov 30th, 2021. One-time payments of $1,000 will be mailed September 2, October 15, November 15, or December 15, 2021. TribalRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo August 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:  4276 Total Positives:        95 Unvaccinated / 10   Vaccinated Active:  4      Recovered: 100   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 28                    40-49y: 15 10-19y: 15               50-59y: 9 20-29y: 16               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      4,014 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  157 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 August 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:  4194 Total Positives:        95 Unvaccinated 10   Vaccinated Active:  4      Recovered: 100   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 28                    40-49y: 15 10-19y: 15               50-59y: 9 20-29y: 16               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      3,995 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  94 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 August 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:  4100 Total Positives:        96 Unvaccinated / 8   Vaccinated Active:  7      Recovered: 96   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 28                    40-49y: 15 10-19y: 15               50-59y: 8 20-29y: 16               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      3,955 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  41 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.

Results of the 418 Elk Draw

Natural Resources

Nooksack Natural & Cultural Resources 418 Hunters List for 2021-2022 NameLeinani SwanasetJeremy RobertsKatrice RodriguezRoss Cline Sr.Jim BuraGeorge Swanaset Sr.Jeff PointVictoria JoeMike KentnerDonia EdwardsJeff Davis Jr.Clayton FryTrevor DelgadoJesse PaezLona JohnsonRavenia WilliamsFrank LeyvaJennifer BoomeRichard Julian JrSophia WalkerKatherine RomeroAlita CharlesLoren RobertsVinnie JohnsonMelanie DavisAlicia JohnnyNish RomeroErikka EdwardsGary KentnerRyawn ClineAnthony JulesKenai FryRuss RobertsSherie JohnnySativa RobertsonMarrilee CooperAdrianna MaloneEthan LeyvaRoman Swanaset-SimmondsMalia FryJustine Fry Jr.Molissa LeyvaJack ClineAntonio SwanasetJohn JohnsonSolona BoothRichard Edwards IIISindick BuraGarth McCauleyBetty SwanasetCody AndersonJoe JohnsonJustin JohnnyCheryl SwanasetDiego VillanuevaFrancisco Sanchez-BiskitsGeorge Swanaset Jr.Mary BrewerAmber Latrell

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Uncategorized

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo August 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:  4076 Total Positives:      93 Unvaccinated / 8   Vaccinated Active:  8     Recovered: 92   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 27                    40-49y: 15 10-19y: 14               50-59y: 8 20-29y: 15               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)    Total Negatives:    3,953 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

Uncategorized

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo August 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:  4059 Total Positives:        93 Unvaccinated / 8   Vaccinated Active:  8      Recovered: 92   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 27                    40-49y: 15 10-19y: 14               50-59y: 8 20-29y: 15               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      3,938 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  20 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 August 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:  4039 Total Positives:        93 Unvaccinated / 8   Vaccinated Active:  8      Recovered: 92   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 27                    40-49y: 15 10-19y: 14               50-59y: 8 20-29y: 15               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      3,926 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.

Upcoming Hunter Safety Course

Natural Resources

Are you interested in taking the Washington State Hunter Safety course for FREE? Officer Brandon Farstad will schedule a class September 2021. A portion of this course is taken from your home and a portion of this course is in person (4 hours). We need at least 10 Tribal members to sign up. Contact Tricia Cline in Natural & Cultural Resources at tricia.cline@nooksack-nsn.gov. Registrations forms can be found below. Forms will also be available at Natural Resources and the Police Department. Please complete the form(s), and return in-person to either Natural Resources or the Police Department OR by mail: P.O. Box 157, Deming, WA 98244. Forms are due by August 31st.  

Tribal Council Announces Vaccination Incentive for All Enrolled Tribal Members

Tribal Council

On August 16, 2021, the Nooksack Tribal Council approved a Vaccination Incentive for all enrolled Nooksack members who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you were vaccinated at the Nooksack Health Clinic, there is nothing you need to do. If you were vaccinated elsewhere, please provide your vaccination verification and enrollment number to Frank Leyva <fleyva@nooksack-nsn.gov> by Nov 30th, 2021. One-time payments of $1,000 will be mailed September 2, October 15, November 15, or December 15, 2021. Tribal members must receive their second dose or be fully vaccinated by Nov 30th.  

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo August 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:  4012 Total Positives:        93 Unvaccinated / 8   Vaccinated Active:  13    Recovered: 87   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 27                    40-49y: 15 10-19y: 14               50-59y: 8 20-29y: 15               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 18               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)   Total Negatives:      3,893 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 August 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:  3,984 Total Positives:      92 Unvaccinated / 7   Vaccinated Active:  12   Recovered: 86   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 26                    40-49y: 15 10-19y: 14               50-59y: 8 20-29y: 15               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 17               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)    Total Negatives:    3,874 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 August 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:  3,973 Total Positives:      92 Unvaccinated / 5   Vaccinated Active:  10   Recovered: 86   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 26                    40-49y: 15 10-19y: 14               50-59y: 7 20-29y: 15               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 16               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)    Total Negatives:    3,860 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 August 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:  3,957 Total Positives:      88 Unvaccinated / 4  Vaccinated Active:  5     Recovered: 86   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 22                    40-49y: 15 10-19y: 14               50-59y: 7 20-29y: 15               60-69y: 2 30-39y: 15               70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 2 (Rapid test, included in pending results)    Total Negatives:    3,833 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  32 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 Plan for Public Review

Social Services

For Public Review: CSBG Application 2021-2022 Review Period 8/9/21 – 8/19/2021 PUBLIC NOTICE: August 9, 2021 The Nooksack Tribal Social Services Department is in the process of renewing the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Plan for the 2021/2022 year. There is a required 10-day comment period that will allow tribal members and the community to submit comments, suggestions or questions to the Social Services Director regarding the CSBG plan. Copies of the proposed plan are available at the Social Services Office or there will be a digital copy readily 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 & CSBG staff will meet to review the comments and created responses and make edits to the policy as needed. Contact: Heidi Davis, Director of Social Services at hdavis@nooksack-nsn.gov

Situation Report for July 2021

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments for July The Delta variant is continuing to spread in Whatcom County. One dose is not enough protection against the Delta variant, which causes infection at a much higher rate. Make sure to get both doses of Pfizer and Moderna. All unvaccinated Tribal members 12+ are encouraged to call the Clinic at 360-966-2106 or request an appointment online by filling out our contact form.Nooksack Council lifts the Shelter In Place Order, with some restrictions still in place. The Health Department and employees who are unvaccinated will continue to wear masks.The Northwood Casino has opened the buffet and previously closed sections. The casino anticipates the border reopening. The casino also hosted a J&J vaccine clinic for patrons.Newly published results show 90.4% efficacy in preventing COVID-19 for the Novavax vaccine. The study also shows 100% protection against moderate and severe disease. Nooksack, Lummi, and the University of Washington partnered to participate in this Phase 3 clinical trial.The Summer Youth Program opens up with all approved safety protocols in place, including policies on masking, transportation, pod groups, etc. Space is limited in the program.House of Children (Head Start) has opened with all approved safety protocols in place.TheRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo July 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:  3,777 Total Positives:   87 Active:  1    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 22               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,676 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 July 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:  3,763 Total Positives:   87 Active:  1    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 22               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,670 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  6 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 July 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:  3,757 Total Positives:   87 Active:  1    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 22               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,662 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 July 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:  3,749 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,647 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 July 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:  3,739 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,646 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo July 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:  3,732 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,634 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 July 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:  3,720 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,627 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 July 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:  3,713 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,610 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo July 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:  3,696 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,604 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  6 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 July 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:  3,690 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,589 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.

Tribal Council Lifts the Shelter In Place Order

Administration, Tribal Council

July 6, 2021 Some Restrictions Still in Place Today, July 6, 2021, the Nooksack Tribal Council REMOVED the Shelter In Place Order. However, the following restrictions are still in effect: •             Anyone visiting a Tribal Department, must wear a mask while they are visiting. •             NIT Employees that are Receptionists must continue to wear a mask. •             NIT Employees, when helping a member or the general public in person, must wear a mask. •             NIT Employees who are not vaccinated, must wear a mask while at work. •             NIT Employees who share a work space with anyone not vaccinated must wear a mask at work. •             NIT Employees who are drivers, must wear a mask while transporting a client. •             NIT Health Care Employees must wear a mask while at work. •             Each Tribal Department must continue to do the daily temperatures and screenings. Please continue to 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 know that even if you are fully vaccinated, it is still possible for you to contract the virus and spread it toRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo July 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:  3,670 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,568 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 July 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:  3,655 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,556 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 July 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:  3,642 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,544 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 June 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:  3,630 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,530 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.

Shortened Office Hours 10-12 pm

Administration

Shortened office hours will take place due to the extreme heat conditions. The Nooksack Tribal Offices and Tribal Health Department will be open from 10 am – 12 pm on Tuesday 6/29/21. This will allow staff to check voicemails and take care of clients and urgent business.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo June 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:  3,616 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,524 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  6 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 June 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:  3,611 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,510 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo June 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:  3,601 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,510 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 June 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:  3,596 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,504 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  6 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.

Burn Ban in Effect

Administration

From the Office of the General Manager, Katherine Romero Burn Ban Restrictions Effective 3:00 pm, Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Due to the warm weather conditions ahead and decreasing moisture levels, burning on Tribal lands is restricted. If you have any questions or concerns of burning on Nooksack Tribal lands, please contact 911 or the Nooksack Police Department at (360) 592-9065.

Situation Report for June 8 – June 21

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments June 8 – June 21 Individuals not immunized for COVID-19 could be at significant risk as programs, businesses, and the state continue to move forward with reopening plans. For a vaccine, please call the Clinic at 360-966-2106, or request an appointment online here.The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 emergency distribution funds are available for all enrolled Nooksack Tribal members, all ages, financially impacted by COVID-19. All enrolled Nooksack Tribal members 18+ need to fill out an application.The Health Clinic hosts public COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-In Clinics for anyone 12+ Wednesday 6/23 10-4 pm and Thursday 6/24 12-6 pm at the Mí sq’ eq’ ó Community Building. Pfizer 1st & 2nd dose (12+) and Moderna 1st and 2nd dose (18+). No appointment necessary. Tribal members will be prioritized.Nooksack Chemical Dependency restarts its methadone transportation services to Island Hospital in Anacortes for opioid treatment. Individuals must be vaccinated for COVID.Nooksack Vocational Rehabilitation is proposing to return services with safety precautions in place.House of Children (Head Start) has proposed a detailed plan to reopen in July.The Nooksack Summer Youth Program has proposed reopening plans for children in July.The Council and NPRT have approved students attend the UNITY Conference in Dallas, TX, asRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo June 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:  3,590 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,495 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 June 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:  3,581 Total Positives:   86 Active:  0    Recovered: 85   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,487 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 June 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:  3,573 Total Positives:   86 Active:  1    Recovered: 84   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,477 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.

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 June 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:  3,563 Total Positives:   86 Active:  1    Recovered: 84   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,462 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.

American Rescue Plan Act COVID-19 Emergency Assistance

Tribal Council

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 emergency distribution funds are available for all enrolled Nooksack Tribal members, all ages, financially impacted by COVID-19. Enrolled members need to fill out this application only once. A total of three (3) distributions will take place with the amount of $1,000 each, or a total of $3,000 per enrolled Tribal member. Distributions will take place 1.) ASAP, 2.) late September, and 3.) late December. All enrolled Nooksack Tribal members 18+ need to fill out an application. One guardian per household with enrolled Nooksack youth 17 and under, please fill out an application including the child(ren) that reside with you.  NOTE: All address changes need to be made with Nooksack Tribal Enrollment (360) 592-5176. The address we have on file from Enrollment is the address to which the check will be sent.  The application is now closed.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo June 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:  3,548 Total Positives:   86 Active:  1    Recovered: 84   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 14           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,457 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 June 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:  3,543 Total Positives:   85 Active:  0    Recovered: 84   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 13           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,448 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 June 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:  3,533 Total Positives:   85 Active:  0    Recovered: 84   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 13           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,439 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 June 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:  3,524 Total Positives:   85 Active:  0    Recovered: 84   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 13           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,429 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 for May 25 – June 7

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments May 25 – June 7 The Nooksack Health Clinic hosts a youth-focused vaccine clinic for ages 12+ 6/2 and 6/3. All fully vaccinated Nooksack youth 12-17 years old will be entered into a raffle for prizes including Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, Air Pods, or JBL wireless earbuds. Youth must receive both doses to be entered. Previously vaccinated youth will also be entered.Rates of those who have initiated COVID-19 vaccines in the Nooksack Valley and Mount Baker districts are in the 30% range, the lowest in Whatcom County. The Nooksack Tribal Health Officer emphasizes the importance of vaccinations to protect the lives of Tribal members. More infectious variants are emerging as we race to vaccinate.Currently anyone 12+ is encouraged to get vaccinated. All Nooksack Tribal members can contact the Health Clinic for a COVID-19 vaccine. Call the Clinic at 360-966-2106, or request an appointment online here.Washington announces statewide incentives for everyone who is fully vaccinated.The Novavax vaccine trial, the partnership between Lummi, Nooksack, and UW, is winding down with primarily just check-in appointments for participants. A celebration for participants from both tribes took place May 27, 2021.The Market Center and Northwood Casino will maintain maskingRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo June 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:  3,507 Total Positives:   85 Active:  0    Recovered: 84   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 13           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,416 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  6 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 June 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:  3,501 Total Positives:   85 Active:  0    Recovered: 84   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 13           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,409 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 Tribe Prevails in Dispute Over Tribal Court

Tribal Council

NEWS RELEASE Federal Court Dismisses Case for Failure to Respect Tribal Court Deming, WA, June 3, 2021 — The Chairman of the Nooksack Indian Tribe, Ross Cline, Sr., has announced today that the federal court in Seattle has dismissed a case against the Nooksack Indian Tribe because a former tribal member failed to pursue her claims in the Nooksack Tribal Court. The federal court decision was based on the fact that the former tribal member had potential remedies under Nooksack tribal law that she had failed to pursue.  Because the Nooksack Tribe’s governing authority has been reconfirmed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the federal court concluded the Nooksack Tribal Court is a valid, functioning court and that the former tribal member must pursue her claims there instead of in federal court. The BIA has repeatedly reaffirmed that the Nooksack Tribe remains in good standing. In a September 18, 2019 letter addressed to Whatcom County, the BIA Northwest Regional Director Bryan Mercier affirmed that the BIA recognizes the Nooksack Indian Tribe’s system of governance and all “actions and operations of the duly elected Tribal Council.” Director Mercier went on to state that the Nooksack Tribal Council is authorized to receive a “broadRead More

Nooksack Tribe Campaign Endorsements 2021

Tribal Council

Whatcom County Council At Large: Barry Buchanan Barry served on the Bellingham City Council and has been on the Whatcom County Council since 2013. He’s a Democrat, a navy vet, and his focus on council has been criminal justice reform. District 1: Kaylee Galloway Kaylee worked for Congresswoman DelBene and now is Rep. Deb Lekanoff’s legislative assistant. She will be able to connect federal, state, and local issues together and is focused on climate, criminal justice reforms, and housing. District 2: Todd Donovan Todd is political science professor at WWU and has been a champion for water and environmental issues on the county council. District 3: Rebecca Lewis Rebecca lives in Deming and is a middle school teacher in Sedro Woolley. She writes, ‘District Three is home to the Nooksack Tribe and the Nooksack River. Over the last century, the salmon in the Nooksack River have greatly diminished. I am committed to working with the tribes and other agencies on salmon recovery.’ Port of Bellingham District 1: Michael Shepard Michael is a hardworking local elected official. He’s married with two kids, taught at NWIC and currently teaches Anthropology at WWU. His focus has been homeless housing and environmental issues atRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo June 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:  3,494 Total Positives:   85 Active:  1    Recovered: 83   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 13           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,403 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  6 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 June 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:  3,488 Total Positives:   85 Active:  1    Recovered: 83   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 13           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,387 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 June 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:  3,474 Total Positives:   85 Active:  1    Recovered: 83   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 13           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,372 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo May 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:  3,457 Total Positives:   85 Active:  6    Recovered: 78   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 13           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,369 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo May 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:  3,454 Total Positives:   85 Active:  7    Recovered: 77   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 13           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,361 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.

Now Hiring: Northwood Casino Seeks Assistant General Manager

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The Nooksack Northwood Casino is seeking an Assistant General Manager. At this time the position is only open to Nooksack Tribal Members with a minimum of five (5) years executive operations management experience in Washington State Indian gaming. A letter of interest, including pertinent experience and qualifications, must be submitted to Nooksack Northwood Casino Human Resources by June 11, 2021 for consideration by the Nooksack Business Corporation II (NBC II) Board. Successful candidates will be required to interview with and present their qualifications and experience to the NBC II Board. Learn more on the Northwood Casino website.

Federal Court Vindicates Nooksack Tribal Council in Disenrollments

Tribal Council

NEWS RELEASE Deming, WA – May 26, 2021 — Chairman Ross Cline, Sr., announced that on May 4, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the disenrollment of former tribal members who had been fraudulently enrolled years before.  Those former members claimed that the Nooksack Tribal Council and tribal officials had attempted to deprive them of their property by illegally disenrolling them even though none of them could provide proof that they were eligible for enrollment in the first place. The trial court dismissed their claims, holding that the Tribe and tribal officials were entitled to sovereign immunity.  The federal appeals court agreed, saying “…the Nooksack Indian Tribe has a full tribal government that has been recognized by the [Department of Interior].”  It also said that “tribal enrollment decisions are generally beyond the power of federal courts to review.”  It therefore dismissed the case, and that dismissal is now a final judgment.    Chairman Cline noted that this resolves any remaining legal issues from the years-old dispute over the disenrollment.   The Chairman praised the decision, saying, “the right of a tribe to decide its own membership is the single most important aspect of tribalRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo May 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:  3,448 Total Positives:   85 Active:  7    Recovered: 77   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 21               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 13           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,353 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 May 18 – May 24

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments May 18 – May 24 The Clinic will host a youth-focused vaccine clinic. The Tribe encourages all Nooksack youth 12+ to come to the Pfizer Vaccine Clinic Wednesday 6/2 10-4 pm and Thursday 6/3 12-6 pm. Bring a friend! This event is open to the public. Anyone ages 12-17 will need to bring a consent form or have their adult with them at the clinic. Consent forms can be found on our website.Currently anyone 12+ is encouraged to get vaccinated. All Nooksack Tribal members can contact the Health Clinic for a COVID-19 vaccine. Call the Clinic at 360-966-2106, or request an appointment online here.Head Start and early learning are working on safe operating plans for the summer.The Northwood Casino will continue slowly opening operational areas which do not require mask-removal. The Casino will also follow the Tribe’s Employee Pandemic Policy for vaccines and quarantine upon return to work.Do you need help with rental assistance? The Nooksack Emergency Rental Assistance Program is now open. Contact Tiffani Zamudio, Homelessness Resource Manager, at tzamudio@nooksack-nsn.gov or 360-592-0135.With many schools increasing in-person schooling, parents are encouraged to bring their children of any age in for testing at the NooksackRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo May 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:  3,438 Total Positives:   83 Active:  5    Recovered: 77   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 20               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 4 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 12           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,340 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

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo May 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:  3,423 Total Positives:   79 Active:  1    Recovered: 77   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 3 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 12           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,331 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 May 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:  3,413 Total Positives:   79 Active:  1    Recovered: 77   Unrecovered: 1 POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 17               40-49y: 14 10-19y: 14           50-59y: 3 20-29y: 15           60-69y: 2 30-39y: 12           70-79y: 2 Total Presumptive: 1 (Rapid test, included in pending results)       Total Negatives:  3,317 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo May 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:  3,391 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:  3,301 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo May 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:  3,376 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:  3,299 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 May 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:  3,368 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:  3,285 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 May 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:  3,354 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:  3,278 Total Indeterminate:   7 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 May 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:  3,347 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:  3,273 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 May 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:  3,342 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:  3,267 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  6 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 May 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:  3,336 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:   3,255 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 May 4 – May 10

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments May 4 – May 10 Pfizer vaccines for children 12+ are expected to be approved for use soon. Vaccines for youth are the key to protecting the community from COVID-19.The Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) and Council discuss ways to encourage more Tribal members to get vaccinated, especially Nooksack youth.The Health Department and Dr. James begin work on a community forum on vaccines.Currently, anyone 16+ is encouraged to get vaccinated. All Nooksack Tribal members can contact the Health Clinic for a COVID-19 vaccine. Call the Clinic at 360-966-2106, or request an appointment online here.The NPRT and Council assess the need for emergency food kits offered by the Department of Agriculture.The NPRT and Council discuss updates to the Employee Pandemic Policy based on the current understanding of COVID-19; the safe use of small community building; and potential in-person Council meetings with safety precautions.Have you been impacted by COVID-19? Find the Health Department’s COVID Assistance Application on our website to see if you are eligible. Assistance is for Nooksack Tribal members residing in Washington State only, and for impacts incurred after January 1, 2021. Funds will be dispersed until exhausted.Do you need help with rental assistance?Read More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo May 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:  3,324 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:  3,238 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.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo May 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:  3,307 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:  3,229 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 May 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:  3,306 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:  3,218 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 May 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:  3,296 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:  3,208 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 Apr. 27 – May 3

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Apr. 27 – May 3 The Johnson and Johnson vaccine pause was lifted after the US Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced the vaccine is safe, sighting the benefits outweigh the risks in preventing COVID-19.The Nooksack Health Officer encourages youth 16+ to get vaccinated. A majority of cases now are with younger populations. Protecting youth protects vulnerable tribal members. All Nooksack Tribal members can contact the Health Clinic for a COVID-19 vaccine. Call the Clinic at 360-966-2106, or request an appointment online here.Have you been impacted by COVID-19? Find the Health Department’s COVID Assistance Application on our website to see if you are eligible. Assistance is for Nooksack Tribal members residing in Washington State only, and for impacts incurred after January 1, 2021. Funds will be dispersed until exhausted.Do you need help with rental assistance? The Nooksack Emergency Rental Assistance Program is now open. Contact Tiffani Zamudio, Homelessness Resource Manager, at tzamudio@nooksack-nsn.gov or 360-592-0135.The Nooksack Elders Lunch Program at the Elders’ Community Building opened this week, for those fully vaccinated and following safety precautions.The Nooksack Indian Tribe Elders Program will be offering grocery shopping trips four timesRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo May 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:  3,286 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:  3,203 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 May 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:  3,281 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:  3,194 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.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Now Open

Social Services

The Nooksack Indian Tribe received a grant to assist Nooksack Tribal members within the United States who have been directly or indirectly affected by COVID-19 with emergency rental assistance. For full details, applications and qualifications, please contact Nooksack Social Service or the Homelessness Resource Program. Offices are open from 10 am to 4 pm Offered through Nooksack Social Services — Homelessness Program. Please contact Social Services if special accommodations need to be made for an application to be completed. For more information contact: Tiffani Zamudio at tzamudio@nooksack-nsn.gov or 360-592-0135 Nooksack Social Services: 5061 Deming Rd. Deming, WA. 98244

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo April 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:  3,272 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:  3,186 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 April 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:  3,264 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:  3,175 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.

Legislature Funds Water Adjudication in The Nooksack River Basin

Tribal Council

For immediate release Contact: Karlie Kinley, Lummi Nation, karliek@lummi-nsn.gov, 360-988-1288. Katherine Romero, Nooksack Tribe, katherine@nooksack-nsn.gov, 360-383-6510. Bellingham, WA – April 28, 2021 – This weekend the Washington State Legislature appropriated funds for Ecology to begin sorting out water rights in the Nooksack basin. In other words, adjudication.  Both the Lummi Nation and the Nooksack Indian Tribe look forward to working with the broader community as we build a future where salmon and people have the water they need to succeed in Whatcom County.  “We thank the Governor and legislators; this is a good step and is the only legal path we have in Washington to make sure there’s enough water in the Nooksack River for salmon, farming, and people,” said Chairman Ross Cline Sr., Nooksack Tribe. “Climate change is upon us and the sooner we get started, the sooner we can find solutions for water.” For years people have tried to find voluntary local solutions, with little success. Water rights must be resolved if we are going to protect and recover salmon. A formal court judgement of the water claims in the Nooksack – an adjudication – is the only tool available to Washington State to sort through competing waterRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo April 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:  3,254 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:  3,163 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 April 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:  3,241 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:  3,152 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.

Situation Report Week of Apr. 20 – Apr. 26

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Apr. 20 – Apr. 26 To protect the community, everyone needs to be vaccinated. All Nooksack Tribal members 16+ can contact the Health Clinic for a COVID-19 vaccine. Call Georgiann Perez at the Clinic at 360-966-2106, or online appointment requests can be made here.The Nooksack Health Clinic administered 629 prime doses of the Pfizer vaccine over the 5-day general public clinic. Second doses will also be administered by the clinic. Our nurses and staff have done an outstanding job providing care to our community.Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between allergies and COVID-19. Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID by contacting the Health Clinic.Beginning May 3rd, the Elders Building will be open for lunch with safety guidelines. Elders must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. The current lunch deliveries will end April 30th.The Nooksack Indian Tribe Elders Program will be offering grocery shopping trips four times a month for elders in need of transportation. Elders must provide verification of COVID-19 vaccination and follow safety guidelines.Breakthrough infections of COVID are possible, though rare, even with those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Please be careful of friends, family, and contractors,Read More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo April 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:  3,230 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:  3,144 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 April 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:  3,222 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:  3,134 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 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:  3,213 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:  3,141 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 April 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:  3,205 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:  3,136 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. 13 – Apr. 19

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Apr. 13 – Apr. 19 The Nooksack Health Clinic has paused administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines, following national CDC recommendations. No J&J vaccines have yet to be administered by the Nooksack Clinic, though inventory is on hand. Recommendations come as a small number of reports showed rare and severe blood clots. Vaccines are made differently. J&J is a viral vector vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use mRNA.  Breakthrough infections of COVID are possible, though rare, even with those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Please be careful of friends, family, and contractors, or anyone entering your home. Especially those who are unvaccinated.The NPRT decides to continue randomized COVID testing for employees who have received the vaccine in an abundance of caution for safe in-person working conditions.The NPRT and Council discuss how to safely resume elder grocery shopping trips.Student are a large portion of active COVID cases. Nooksack reaches out to area school districts to share information on the public 5-day Pfizer vaccine clinic.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 atRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo April 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:  3,200 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:  3,122 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 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:  3,200 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:  3,118 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.

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

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.