COVID-19

Council Approves Shelter In-Place Order — Extended

The Nooksack Tribal Council approved a time extension on the Shelter In-Place Order effective until noon April 30, 2020. This resolution is in response to mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a mandate for all individuals residing on Tribal trust land to shelter in-place.

We are continuing to work to stay ahead of this as much as possible. To date, Nooksack DOES NOT have any positive cases of COVID-19. This is great news!!

Be assured that certain essential activities will be allowed. Individuals may travel from their homes to:

  • Provide or receive essential services such as taking care of family members or to obtain medical services;
  • Engage in certain essential activities such as going to get groceries, medications, fishing, hunting and gathering; and,
  • Work for essential businesses, essential infrastructure, and vital Nooksack governmental functions.

Nooksack Indian Tribe will continue to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the members during this shelter in-place time period.
When it is necessary for you to leave your home, please practice good social distancing, take great care to protect our elders, and wash your hands frequently. We cannot stress enough the value of each and every one of our members. Please join us in taking every precaution to mitigate the impacts of this virus. Please stay home.

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) 

Daily Public Health Notices

4/6/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo 0 confirmed cases

4/3/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo 0 confirmed cases

4/2/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo 0 confirmed cases

4/1/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo 0 confirmed cases

3/31/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo 0 confirmed cases

3/30/20 Nooksack Clinic Daily Public Health Memo 0 confirmed cases

Public Notices

4/3/20 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

Nooksack Public Health Code

Nooksack Health Center telephone number:
Effective March 16th the Health Clinic will be operating on limited hours. We will be open 10 am – 3 pm for urgent/same day appointments.

Clinic 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Dental Emergency 10:00 pm-3:00 pm
(Dental emergencies only)

We are working on measures to provide medical and behavioral health therapy via telemedicine visits.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support to keep our community safe during this difficult time.

Phone: 360-966-2106
FAX: 360-966-2304
24-hour Community Nurse Line: 1-800-607-5501

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