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Yurok Office of Emergency Services Update: August 16, 2020

Confirmed Cases on the Yurok Reservation

• Zero

Confirmed Cases on the Hoopa Reservation

• 42 Total confirmed cases

• 24 Active Cases

• 18 Recovered

• 0 Deaths

*Case numbers provided by K’ima:w Medical Center

Confirmed Cases in Humboldt County (Overall Alert Level 3)

• 309 Total Confirmed Cases (3 cases since Friday)

• 4 Confirmed Deaths

• 20 Hospitalizations

• 18,306 Tests

• 242 Recovered

Confirmed Cases in Del Norte County

• 106 Confirmed Cases

• 14 Active case

• 1 Currently Hospitalized

• 6,476 Tests Administered

*Information provided by Del Norte County OES SitRep.

Confirmed Cases in Trinity County

• 8 Confirmed Cases

• 3 Active

• 5 Recovered

• 1,618 Total Tests

*The total number of tests includes verified lab results and the approximate number of pending tests at the time of this update.

Confirmed Cases in Siskiyou County

• 111 Total Confirmed Cases

• 10 Active cases

• 101 Total recovered

• 6,013 Tests

• 191 Pending Test results

Confirmed Cases in Shasta County

• 488 Total Confirmed Cases

• 10 Deaths

• 5 Hospitalized

• 28,356 Tests

Case numbers provided by Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, Siskiyou & Shasta County Joint Information Center’s

Confirmed Cases at United Indian Health Service

• 24 confirmed cases (13 at PHV, 10 at CC, 1 at EKA)

• 480 Tests administered

• 395 Individuals

• 352 Negative tests

• 15 Pending test results

California COVID-19 Update: On August 15, there were 7,873 newly recorded confirmed cases. Numbers do not represent true day-over-day change as these results include cases from prior than yesterday. The state now has a total of 621,562 positive cases. There have been a total of 11,224 deaths in the state.

United States Confirmed Cases: Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of August 15, 2020:

• Total confirmed cases 5,340,232 (+54,686 New Cases* compared to yesterday’s data)

• Total confirmed deaths 168,696 (+1,150 New Deaths* compared to yesterday’s data)

• The CDC also provides an overview here:

Global Confirmed Cases: As of August 16, 2020

• Total Confirmed Cases 21,593,607 +130,429

• Total Confirmed Deaths 773,649 +2,538

• Total Recovered Cases 13,593,678 +144,899

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

• K’ima:w Medical Center: (530) 625-4261

Actions Taken by YT Government:

• The Yurok Reservation remains closed at this time.

• 6/22/20 The Yurok Tribal Council appointed Angie Brown as the COVID-19 Incident Command Team’s Public Health Officer

• Tribal Council recently issued an order requiring reservation residents to wear face coverings while in public.

• Yurok Tribal Council approved fees waived for June for Yurok Connect Internet

• June 2, Yurok Tribal contributes 2 million to The Alliance CDFI for small business covid relief fund.

• Yurok Tribal Council has approved a $1,250 Covid relief payment to all Yurok Tribal member 18 years or older by December 30, 2020.

• 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.

COVID-19 IC Team Updates

Incident Commander Update:

• Need to discuss closure order and make contact with neighboring tribes and enforcement.

• IC reported that Council discussed closure order-How were going to move forward.

• Need to strengthen mitigations.

• Possible check points or possible trial check points and bringing in additional staff

• South Dakota has check points and has been successful

• Changing how we operate business.

• Requesting elderly only shopping again.

Deputy IC Update:

• Worked closely with PIO staff to develop sit stat reports by providing information and guidance. Attended the 0800 Team briefings and updates from the different sections. Attended weekly team family meeting. Sharing of daily updates to our Planning Chief from cooperators for disbursal. Met with Logistics to get an update of supplies and ordering. Sent out numerous emails to different team members by sharing updates from CalOES and our county partners. Worked on updates to Chairman and Council.

Public Health Officer-Angie Brown:

• Continuing to look at increase in cases. Hoopa has had multiple positive cases.

• Staying in close contact with Dr. Eva Smith from K’ima:w Medical.

• Attended ICS briefings and ICS team meeting.

• PH Reported out to Council in separate report. (PIO will receive PH info on next ICS call)

• The Yurok Tribe Emergency Public Health Ordinance can be viewed at:

Operations Update:

• Maintaining signage boards.

• Making signs, populating signs, and available to anyone who needs man power.

• Keeping a static inventory of PPE and issuing as needed to programs and personnel.

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

Logistics Section Update: Krystel Patapoff

• Finished up FEMA order

• Goal is to get enough supplies to do a community distribution.

• Working on orders for crews

• Disinfecting with back pack sprayers and tested foggers.


• Nothing new to report at time of meeting.

Finance Update:

• Nothing new to report.

Planning Section Update: Amanda Ammon

• Attended PH Contact Tracing Meeting, Monday 8/10

• Facilitated one 0800 ICS IMO Briefing, Thursday 8/13

• Attended Yurok Tribe All employee meeting held by Executive office on Wednesday 8/12

• Continue to maintain filing and compressing 214s and weekly reports as they come in

• Updated completed files on the COVID-19 ICS shared folder on YTmain

Law Enforcement Update: Lieutenant Jacob Morris:

• Lost staff a couple weeks ago-short staffed.

• Looking for info about closure.

• 4 total field officers.

Legal Officer Update:

• Cory and Maggie are updating closure order and modifying the Public Health ordinance.

• Cory is primary attorney working on enforcement.

Public Information Officer Update:

• Drafted and distributed a detailed document explaining what people should do if they believe they have been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19. It also explained what people should do if they contract the illness

• The August edition of the newsletter contained 3 stories about the Tribe’s response to COVID-19.

• Captured images of the new Emergency Operations Center and wrote an update on the project.

• Continued creating Tribe-specific graphics.

• Continued to create update for allied agencies.

Education Update: Jim McQuillen

• The Education Department has compiled a list of remote learning resource that can be found here:

• Preparing school supplies for k-12 students.

• Looking for items like fidgets, computers, noise canceling ear phones.

• Trying to support college students who need computers and other supports.

• Jim reported that an estimate was done for the purchase of laptops for Yurok students but at this time the laptops have not been ordered. Jim will be providing the estimate to Serene per her request.

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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