COVID-19

Whatcom County in Phase 2

Nooksack Indian Tribe will continue to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the members in response to mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find Whatcom County updates here.

When it is necessary for you to leave your home, please practice good social distancing, wear a mask in public, take great care to protect our elders, and wash your hands frequently. We cannot stress enough the value of each and every one of our members. Please join us in taking every precaution to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

Information on Safe Start Washington can be found here.

Health Care Information

Isolation – General Public – What to do if you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (3/17/2020)

Quarantine – General Public What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (3/17/2020) 

Suspected COVID-19 Case

At least two of the following:

  • Fever (measured -100.4 or higher orally or subjective)
  • Fatigue (struggle to get out of bed)
  • Dizzy or lightheaded
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Rigors
  • Strong muscle aches or pains
  • Headache
  • Sore throat or hoarse voice
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Chest pain or chest tightness
  • Raised, red, itchy, welts on your skin or sudden swelling of fact or lips
  • Red/purple sores or blisters on feet including toes
  • Confusion, disorientation, drowsiness
  • Eye soreness or discomfort (light sensitivity, excessive tears, pink/red eye)
  • Skipping meals or loss of appetite

OR At least one of the following symptoms:

  • Cough (coughing more than 1 hour or 3 or more episodes in 24 hrs)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing

AND No alternative more likely diagnosis

Daily Public Health Notices

9/22/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo

9/21/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo

9/18/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo

9/17/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo

9/16/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo

9/15/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo

9/14/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo

9/11/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo

9/10/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo

9/9/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo

9/8/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo

9/3/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo

9/2/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo

9/1/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo

Situation Reports

9/23/20 Situation Report Week of September 15 – September 21

9/15/20 Situation Report Week of September 8 – September 14

9/9/20 Situation Report Week of September 1 – September 7

9/1/20 Situation Report Week of August 24 – August 31

8/11/20 Situation Report Week of August 4 – August 10

7/22/20 Situation Report Week of July 14 — July 20

7/14/20 Situation Report Week of July 7 – July 13

7/7/20 Situation Report Week of June 30 — July 6

6/30/20 Situation Report Week of June 23 — June 29

6/23/20 Situation Report Week of June 16 — June 22

6/16/20 Situation Report Week of June 9 — June 15

6/9/20 Situation Report Week of June 2 — June 8

6/2/20 Situation Report Week of May 26 — June 1

5/26/20 Situation Report Week of May 19 — May 25

5/18/20 Situation Report Week of May 12 — May 18

5/11/20 Situation Report Week of May 5 — May 11

5/4/20 Situation Report Week of April 28 — May 4

4/27/20 Situation Report Week of April 21 — April 27

4/20/20 Situation Report Week of April 14 – April 20

4/13/20 Situation Report Week of April 7 – April 13

4/6/20 Situation Report Week of March 30 – April 6

3/30/20 Nooksack Indian Tribe Ahead of Many Communities in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Public Notices

9/10/20 Public Health Memo: First Confirmed Case of COVID-19. Nooksack Tribe confirms first COVID-19 case.

5/21/20 The Nooksack Tribe receives $8 million in CARES Act funding in overall Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds. The CARES Act funding provides a critical infusion of supplemental funding as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act funding and tribal resources will provide essential services to help prepare and respond to the pandemic, ensure continuation of tribal services and operations, and provide aid to individual tribal members.

5/19/20 The Nooksack Tribal Council approves a $1,000 COVID-19 Emergency Assistance payment for all Nooksack Tribal Members. The Tribal Administration, under the current circumstances, will do its best to mail out the $1,000 distribution to each Tribal member by June 1, 2020. Any address updates need to be made with the Enrollment Office by May 27.

5/11/20 The Nooksack Tribe’s Plan for Re-Opening Governmental Offices & Services outlines how governmental departments will gradually begin to safely operate and how staff will begin to return to work with health monitoring. Offices are open M-F 10 am – 3 pm.

5/5/20 The Nooksack Tribal Council approves an extension to the Shelter In Place Order effective until Noon May 31, 2020.

4/15/20 Updated: Nooksack Tribal Operations During COVID-19 April 1, 2020- April 30, 2020. For the health and safety of our Nooksack Community, the Nooksack Housing Authority will also NOT be moving anyone into our community during the COVID-19 closure. Please also find updated contact information for Directors.

4/6/20 Tribal Council approves a $300 COVID-19 Emergency Assistance payment for ALL Nooksack Members to assist with the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tribal Council also amended Title 99 General Welfare Ordinance so there is no tax implication.

4/3/20 Updated: Nooksack Tribal Operations During COVID-19 Week of April 4, 2020 – April 11, 2020. The Nooksack Tribal Clinic will remain open for urgent care only Mon-Friday 10 am-3 pm. Court is closed. Nooksack Elders Lunches will continue to be delivered. Questions about the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance checks from the Nooksack Tribal Council, please contact Frank Leyva. Tribal Law Enforcement will conduct business as usual.

4/2/20 Nooksack Court orders Administrative Order Re: COVID-19, regarding limited court operations. The Court will remain closed. All civil matters scheduled for April are continued and will be rescheduled.

3/30/20 Nooksack Tribal Council Cancels or Postpones all Tribal Events in April and May.

3/30/20 Nooksack Tribal Council Approves a Shelter In-Place Order — Extended until April 30.

3/27/20 Nooksack Tribal Operations During COVID-19 The Nooksack Tribe will remain closed until it is determined safe to return to regular operations.

3/24/20 Tribal Council Approves a Shelter In Place Order The Nooksack Indian Tribe is mandating that all residents shelter in-place, which will remain in effect until Noon on April 7, 2020. 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.

3/24/20 Shelter In Place Order Summary

3/23/20 A Message from Nooksack Behavioral Health NIT Behavioral Health is open virtually to support you in this time of high anxiety. We will continue to accept new clients. Call the office at 360-966-2376.

3/20/20 Emergency Office Closures Due to COVID-19 The Nooksack Tribal Government activates Essential Personnel Workforce to enforce social distancing efforts to help flatten the curve of the virus spread effective 3/16/20.

3/17/20 Nooksack Housing Authority Public Notice Nooksack Indian Housing Authority announces no late fees, delinquencies, or evictions during COVID-19. Those who wish to continue payments during this time, please use online banking or mail a check or money order to Nooksack Indian Housing Authority, PO Box 157, Deming, WA 98244.

3/17/20 Notice of Temporary Casino Closure

3/16/20 Tribal Council Approves a One-Time Emergency General Welfare Assistance Tribal Council approves COVID-19 assistance distribution of $250 per adult tribal member.

3/16/20 Limited Clinic Hours Clinic 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Dental Emergency 10:00 pm-3:00 pm (Dental emergencies only).

3/13/20 All NIT youth programs, Head Start classes, and elders’ lunch programs are closed. Governor Inslee closes all public schools in Washington.

3/7/20 Council Declares a Public Health Emergency for COVID-19, appointing a Tribal Public Health Officer, and Execution of the Mutual Aid Agreement for Tribes and Local Health Jurisdictions in Washington State.

3/5/20 Public Health Notice Preventative measures in place at the Nooksack Clinic and Administrative Buildings

Public Health Resources

Title 83 – Nooksack Public Health Code

Health Clinic will be operating on limited hours from 10:00 am — 4:00 pm

We are excited to offer our new Nooksack Telemedicine Services to provide medical and behavioral health therapy via telemedicine visit. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support to keep our community safe during this difficult time.

Whatcom County Department of Health telephone number:
Phone: 360-778-6000
Fax: 360-778-6001
After Hours Emergency: 360-715-2588

For more information: Washington Health Department Novel Coronavirus Outbreak