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  • Writer's pictureYurok OES


The YOES wanted to provide a quick update on the tribal response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Our Pandemic Task Force is currently collecting information to formulate critical needs objectives, as well as strategic planning in order to respond appropriately to captured elder and community needs. There were several meetings and interagency phone calls for guidance and resource requests. The leadership, and many dedicated staff are tireless in their efforts to mitigate and plan for a very difficult situation. The Yurok Tribe is working to stay ahead of the curve, and will be updating public messaging in the upriver and downriver communities, on the Tribe’s Facebook Page, local sandwich board notification stations (locations will be posted on 3/19/2020) and soon, the Tribal webpage and a COVID-19 Hotline.

As a reminder: The best way to reduce your risk of becoming infected with, or spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus, is to practice Basic Precautions, and we encourage everyone to:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available

  • Avoid eating, or touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands

  • Stay away from people who are visibly sick

  • Always cover your coughs and sneezes using a tissue, or the crook of your elbow

  • People who are sick should stay home from work or school until they are well

If you have any of the following symptoms, contact your regular primary care provider, and let them know if you have been around someone who had COVID-19 coronavirus:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Difficulty breathing

The website has the latest guidance and recommendations on COVID-19 coronavirus

For any questions, please contact the Yurok Office of Emergency Services, 707-482-1350

Dean Baker

Emergency Manager

Serene Hayden

Emergency Services Specialist


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