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Yurok Office of Emergency Services Update: April 9, 2020

Yurok Tribe Covid-19 Toll Free Hotline at: 1-888-225-8952.

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

California Department of Public Health today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.California now has 18,309 confirmed cases and 492 deaths. As of April 8, 2020, racial demographics of COVID-19 cases and deaths, along with expanded data on infection rates of healthcare workers, will be available.

For the number of cases, hospitalizations, and county breakdown, please visit

Confirmed United States COVID-19 Cases - Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of 1400 Hours on April 8, 2020: Number of Cases Source 1,864 (+195) Travel Related 8,203 (+1356) Close Contact 384,944 (+19,131) Under Investigation 395,011 (+20,682) Total Confirmed Cases 12,754 (+690) Total Deaths.

What to do if you think you are sick: Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath) and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, or recently traveled to an area with apparent community spread, call your health care provider before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

  • Humboldt County Department of Public Health: (707) 268-2182 or (707) 445-6200

  • Del Norte County Department of Public Health: (707) 464-0861 or (707) 464-3191

  • Potawot Health Village: (707) 825-5000

  • Crescent City Clinic: (707) 464-2750

  • Smith River Clinic: (707) 487-0215

  • Klamath Clinic: (707) 482-2181

  • Eureka Clinic: (707) 442-0380

  • Weitchpec Clinic: (530) 625-4300

COVID-19 Response Team Updates:

  • The Yurok Tribal Council declared a state of emergency due to the COVID19 pandemic through Resolution 20-28 on March 13, 2020.

  • The Yurok Tribe issued a Stay at Home Order on March 19, 2020 that coincides with California Governor Newsom’s order also issued on March 19, 2020.

  • Chairman Joseph L. James issued an emergency reservation closure order on April 4, 2020, this Resolution Number 20-43 was approved at a duly called meeting of the Yurok Tribal Council on April 6, 2020, at which a quorum was present and that this Resolution Number 20-43 was adopted by a vote of 8 for and 0 opposed and 0 abstentions in accordance with Article IV, Section 5(j) of the Constitution of the Yurok Tribe. This Resolution Number 20-43 has not been rescinded or amended in any way.

  • Curfew hours during the closure 10 p.m.-4 a.m.

  • Yurok Tribal Council and Yurok Office of Emergency Services has requested FEMA assistance.

  • For more information call the Yurok Tribe Covid-19 Toll Free Hotline at: 1-888-225-8952.

YHHS Update/Public Health

  • The Yurok Tribe requested support from UIHS in the form of a Public Health Officer. Dr. Thompson from United Indian Health Services (UIHS) has been assigned to the Public Health Task Force. This will ensure that both Yurok and UIHS response and action are uniform moving forward.

  • 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 Yurok Tribe Covid-19 Toll Free Hotline at: 1-888-225-8952.

Elders Information:

  • 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. Supply boxes 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.

  • An Elder Task Force has been established to continue checking up on our most vulnerable populations during this time. You may contact us through the toll free hotline 1-888-225-8952. or you may email us at

  • YHHS started Elder outreach coordination on March 17, Elders lists from enrollment were split up between 3 areas; North, South, and East. Volunteers were given elder lists and started contacting Elders as of March 18. The first phase is phone contact (home contact for Pecwan area with no phone access) which is still happening now, gathering needs on an assessment form. The second phase is home visits and deliveries of information and if possible, care packages. Each site lead is compiling the assessments from the volunteers.

To ensure that you receive updates from the Tribe, please update your contact information with Enrollment calling the hotline or email:

Information & Intelligence

  • Continues to work on getting telephone and/or broadband services to the Wautec area. Info/Intel is currently working with 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 for any questions or problems with your Yurok Connect service.

Operations Update

  • 24 elder firewood deliveries, totaling approximately 12 cords since March 23

  • 17 lunch deliveries to KTJUSD Students

  • 40 Elder food box deliveries

  • For more information call 1-888-225-8952

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 to be filled out daily and turned in weekly.

Yurok Education Department

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 or call (707) 482-1350 ext. 1406.

Community Updates

  • 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 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

For more information regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic please visit:

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