Yurok Office of Emergency Services Update: April 8, 2020
Yurok Tribe Covid-19 Toll Free Hotline at: 1-888-225-8952. Visit: www.yurokoes.org
Confirmed Cases on the Yurok Reservation • Zero
Current Cases in Humboldt County • 50 total confirmed cases
Current Cases in Del Norte County • 2 total confirmed cases
Case numbers provided by Humboldt & Del Norte County Joint Information Center’s
Current Cases at K’ima:w Medical Center in Hoopa • 1 confirmed case
Case numbers provided Hoopa Office Of Emergency Services
COVID-19 Response Team Updates
Temporary Closure order is active on the Yurok Reservation YHHS Update
All Tribal offices are closed to the public. Staff are available to take applications by phone Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 10:00-3:00. Please call the toll free number provided above.
Today, Tribal staff members from multiple departments boxed and began delivering more than 150 boxes of food and cleaning supplies to Tribal elders at the highest risk of suffering the most severe symptoms of COVID-19. The boxes are filled with the following: fresh fruits, vegetables, dry goods and soap. Prioritizing elders with the most need, the team, led by Yurok Economic Development Corporation Director, Raymond Bacon, will continue delivering boxes to elders living roughly in the Tribe’s ancestral territory. To sign up for this service, elders 60 and over are encouraged to call 1-888-225-8952. Offering Tribal elders’ convenient access to nutrition is one component of the Yurok Tribe’s overall response to the global health emergency. To date, there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Yurok Reservation. The following staff played an instrumental role in this undertaking: Elly O’Rourke, Alita Redner, Theresa McQuillen, Chris Peters, Erika O’Rourke, Erin Larson, Courtney Mattz, Stephen Sanderson, Stephen Basford, Justin Donahue, Sam Fricke, Linda Cooley, Francisco Saavedra, the Redwood Hotel Casino crew.
The Yurok Tribe is committed to checking up on our most vulnerable populations during this time. You may contact us through the hotline or you may email us at YurokElders@yuroktribe.nsn.us
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Information & Intelligence Working on getting telephone and/or broadband services to the Wautec area. Info/Intel is currently working with collaborating contractors, and the FCC to obtain access to a frequency only made available during emergencies that could help get a signal into Wautec. Equipment will be needed as well as a tower constructed, but this should be coming together in the next weeks and months.
Yurok Connect will be waiving all fees for internet services to current customers for the month of April. In addition, there will be no shut offs for nonpayment during the current public health crisis. Email Yurokconnect@yuroktribe.nsn.us for any questions or problems with your Yurok Connect service.
24 elder firewood deliveries, totaling approximately 12 cords since March 23
17 lunch deliveries to KTJUSD Students
40 Elder food box deliveries
Planning Section Update:
Facilitated Daily 0800 Briefing Meeting.
Customized & Distributed ICS-214 to all ICS positions. Revised/Updated/Develop Yurok ICS Org Charts (ICS, Public Health, Elder Check-in Vols).
Request Org Chart info from: Public Health/Medical & Food Distribution. Receive & Compile materials for Incident Action Plan (IAP). Developing COVID-19 Database to house Yurok COVID docs/activity.
Requested completed ICS-214 forms from ICS team.
Yurok Education Department
The Education Department has compiled a list of remote learning resource that can be found here: https://www.yurokoes.org/resources
Yurok Tribal Court Programs and services are still operational during this time. The Yurok Justice Center and all offices are currently physically closed to the public. You may contact the Clerk’s Office e-mail at CourtClerk@yuroktribe.nsn.us or call (707) 482-1350 ext. 1406.
Pem-mey Fuel Mart in Klamath is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Full service fuel, groceries and convenient store items: Available by placing a phone order, or ordering items at the store window. To place a phone order at Pem-Mey, please call: (707)482-3510.
Pek-Tah Fuel Mart in Weitchpec is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Full service fuel, groceries and convenient store items: Available by placing a phone order, or ordering items at the store window. To place an order at Pek-Tah, please call: (530) 625-4173.
Fuel is available after hours by paying with a credit card at the pump The Yurok Tribal Council declared a state of emergency due to the COVID19 pandemic through Resolution 20-28 on March 13, 2020.
The leadership, and many dedicated staff are tireless in their efforts to mitigate a very difficult situation. The Yurok Tribe is working to stay ahead of the curve. The Yurok Office of Emergence Services is providing regular updates to the upriver and downriver communities via the Tribe’s social media pages, local sandwich board notification stations and at yurokoes.org.
For more information regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic please visit:
https://humboldtgov.org/2018/Humboldt-Health-Alert http://www.co.del-norte.ca.us/departments/health-human-services/public-health https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html http://www.oesnews.com/