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Yurok Office of Emergency Services Update: July 20, 2020

Yurok Office of Emergency Services Update: July 20, 2020

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

Confirmed Cases on the Yurok Reservation

• Zero

Confirmed Cases in Humboldt County

• 181 Total Confirmed Cases

• 4 Confirmed Deaths

• 17 Hospitalizations

• 13,313 Tests

• 146 Recovered

Confirmed Cases in Del Norte County

• 66 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

• 4 Active

• 2 Prior Hospitalizations

• 3,133 Tests

Confirmed Cases in Trinity County

• 2 Confirmed Cases

• 2 Recovered

• 1,118 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

• 44 Total Confirmed Cases

• 5 Active cases

• 39 Total recovered

• 4,288 Tests

Confirmed Cases in Shasta County

• 242 Total Confirmed Cases

• 31 Active Cases

• 7 Total Confirmed Cases Today

• 7 Deaths

• 3 Hospitalized

• 18,901Tests

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

Confirmed Cases at K’ima:w Medical Center in Hoopa

• 1 confirmed case

• 1 recovered

Case numbers provided by K’ima:w Medical Center

Confirmed Cases at United Indian Health Service

• 21 confirmed cases (11 at PHV, 9 at CC, 1 at EKA)

• 312 Tests administered

• 264 Individuals

• 264 Negative tests

• 15 Pending test results

California COVID-19 Update: On July 19, California reported 9,329 new cases of COVID-19. The state now has a total of 384,692 positive cases. There have been a total of 7,685 deaths in the state.

United States Confirmed Cases: Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of July 19, 2020:

• Total confirmed cases 3,698,161 (+67,574 New Cases* compared to yesterday’s data)

• Total confirmed deaths 139,659 (+877 New Deaths* compared to yesterday’s data)

• The CDC also provides an overview here:

Global Confirmed Cases: As of July 19, 2020

• Total Confirmed Cases 14,507,491 +218,593

• Total Confirmed Deaths 606,173 +4,035

• Total Recovered Cases 8,133,663 +106,007

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

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

IT-Jessica Engle

• Fronteir was down for nearly two days due to an malfunction on the I-5 corodor. It’s working now but we’re going to add a charter failover for the Yurok Connect customers this morning.

• The EDA Grant for broadband studies and BICSI training has been awarded. The RFP closed on the 15th and the winning bidder was EnerTribe.

• EnerTribe is also the contractor for the Tower and communication improvements so they will be very busy over the next several months.

• I gave a presentation on the improvements during tribal member comment and will be working with Matt Mais on a video to post for others to see.

• EnerTribe will be making short update videos for the community as well as the project progresses.

• We are ordering 3 broadband vehicles for the staff, and have an offer out for the upriver technician to assist Duston.

• The KRRBI joint press release should be getting final approval and going out soon.

• Finalizing the FCC application for the Tribal Priority window this week. OTA reviewed the Exhibit A yesterday for final approval.

Food Distribution:

• The Yurok Food Distribution application can be found here:…/documen…/fdp_%20application.pdf Applications can also be acquired over the phone by calling (707) 464-1852 or picked up in-person at 190 Nelson Lane in Crescent City.

• Open for regular pick up by appointment ONLY

• Tailgate deliveries will still occur as scheduled

• Taking new applications/clients. Call to make an appointment *Must call to make an appointment due to social distancing. *

Yurok Tribe Transit Services

Yurok Tribe Transit Service has changed how services are offered.

Dispatch (707)482-073

• Yurok Tribe Transit Service will continue to assist the community by providing medical transportation with the limit of one passenger at a time.

• We will be collaborating with the Yurok Social Services Department to assist outreach to the community as needed.

• Updates will be posted on the Yurok Tribe’s and YTTS Facebook pages or call dispatch (707)482-0731 for information on the current status of transit services.

Public Health Task Force:

• Angie reported that test result are delayed. We are not getting real time results. Up to 3 week wait times.

• Governor announced yesterday some things will shut back down.

• Meeting with HR and IC regarding employees returning to work and continuing to work from home

• Employee safety protocols went out yesterday to everyone.

• Temperature stations should be up and running next week

• Meeting with both Humboldt and Del Norte Health Officers this week will be coordinating and collaborating.

• Requested to join in on a meeting with KTJUSD regarding involvement of Tribes and Health Officers from each Tribe about reopening of schools.

• Meet with Dean Baker and PLACO last week regarding facilities and upgrades needed.

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

Operations Update:

• PPE out to the fisheries crew in willow creek, doing the information boards as the information comes in. Took picture of the saint’s rest community garden area that the roads department had done work, cleared out thorn brush around garden area.

• 0800 team management meeting, worked with redwood hotel casino notified them that the van that’s in the fire station parking lot needed to be moved out the van was apart of the elder food box project but it had broken down an was no longer in service. Kapel construction had sent an invoice for me to process for the Tulley creek emergency flat project, this has taken priority they need to get compensated for the work done.

• Working on the Kapel construction INC invoice, filled out Yurok Tribe F-1 request for payment form to help Kapel get compensated. Information boards have been being updated, one of the boards on the lower Kapel site has been stolen.

• 0800 team management meeting, reported the stolen board on lower Kapel, we will replace the board and place in new location. council rep checks out a thermometer for the transportation building, we will be working out the leads for the thermometer check ins for the Tulley creek building.

• Check up on the information boards and PCMS board on high way 96 one south of Weitchpec has little solar exposure and another north of Weitchpec has been doing fine during this week, only missing 5 cones still, no vandalism. Information boards have been updated.

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

Logistics Section Update:

• Ordered santizer from Bubbles

• Ordered santizer gel and dispensers

• Ordered wipes (some are backordered)

• Received two Connex Boxes for storage

• Processed Covid Assistance Applications for checks for Tribal Members

Yurok Education Task Force Update:


Head Start will receive $100,000 plus in CARE dollars for extra cleaning of our Head Start facilities

Head Start will receive $104,000 for quality improvement and COLA for staff

Boys n Girls Club to receive $2,500 from the NFL for virtual staff training

B & G club will receive $20,000 COCA COLA grant to assist with club activities during the COVID crises

Language staff are working on a new 3-year ANA Language grant due July 1

New Funding agreement with DN Mental Health for Boys and Girls Club Prevention Programs

$4,500 from Safeway Corporation for the Yurok Boys and Girls Club

Expecting to go after a new U.S. Dept. of Ed. NYCP grant in the next month

A new mentor grant is pending funding for the Boys and Girls Club

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


• I took over for Don Barnes as the ICS Team Liaison Officer on July 14, 2020.

• I haven’t identified a Deputy as of today, and to be frank, I don’t many people for the position.

• I received an email regarding a Bird Survey team, which will be visiting the Yurok Reservation near Pecwan Creek Bridge on July 16. I forwarded the information to the ICS command team, and the information was forwarded to the Public Health Officer, Angie Brown. After speaking with the PHO after our Thursday briefing, she made it clear about the standards she wanted for the late notice and the two Biologist coming from Covid-19 hotspots. I contacted the main contractor for the project, and they connected me with the Biologists on site. I made them aware of the PHO guidelines for the visit: 12 feet apart, no contact with any local people, can’t stop by any local businesses or gas stations, get to your site get out as quick as they can. The Biologist agreed with all of the requirements and understood completely. I asked him to contact me when they leave the reservation; which they did in the afternoon.

Legal Officer Update:

• Edited and processed PHO contract

• Alliance Cdfi meeting re covid relief grant

• Worked on Klamath emergency operations center contracts and attempted to verify all applicable laws are followed

• Tuesday/Thursday IC calls and planning sessions

• Call with HUD to coordinate use of both CARES Act and HUD grant for Emergency Operations Center

Public Information Officer Update:

• The incident received favorable coverage in Native News Online. The reporter reached out the PIO and was connected to the IC.

• The PIO’s started work on a video featuring 30 of the Incident Command Team’s and the Tribal Council’s major milestones, ranging from the emergency declaration to the CARES Checks and food deliveries to the hiring of the Public Health Officer. We have some really nice artwork and illustrations to accompany this video. This is a large project and will be completed by the end of next week.

• Continue to complete the situation report

• Continue to post relevant information to the Tribe’s primary social media pages, website and The Tribe-specific graphics receive much positive attention and new ones are posted multiple times per week.

Planning Update:

• Attended PH Contact Tracing Meeting, Monday 7/13

• Facilitated two 0800 ICS IMO Briefings, Tuesday 7/14 and Thursday 7/16

• Attended one 1000 ICS Internal Meeting on Tuesday 7/14

• Created a DRAFT Excel document to be completed by Department Directors in order to track employees 214 submission. Working with IC for implementation

• Filing and compressing 214s and weekly reports as they come in

• Maintained distribution of email correspondences between IC, IMT and Executive Office as needed

• Updated ICS Contact lists with IT

• Assisted PHO Angie Brown with setting up PHO Contact Tracing reoccurring meetings and PH Check-In

Local County Updates:

• Humboldt County: July 14, 2020 - State Places Additional Restrictions on Certain Sectors; Takes Effect Locally Friday; The state is requiring all bars that do not have a permit to serve food to close, and these businesses should cease operations no later than Friday. Businesses in the following affected sectors should offer only outdoor services with safety precautions in place:

• Restaurants

• Wineries and Tasting Rooms

• Movie Theaters

• Family Entertainment Centers

• Zoos and Museums

• Cardrooms

• July 13, 2020 - County Officials Awaiting More Information After Restrictions Announced by State see full press release from Humboldt County here:

• 7/14/20- Warren Rehwaldt, M.D., Public Health Officer, releases letter addressing recent state guidelines.

• Humboldt County: July 14, 2020 - Encroachment Permits Allow Businesses to Operate Outdoors

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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