Yurok Office of Emergency Services Update: July 9, 2020
Yurok Tribe Covid-19 Toll Free Hotline at: 1-888-225-8952.
Confirmed Cases on the Yurok Reservation
Confirmed Cases in Humboldt County
• 161 Total Confirmed Cases
• 4 Confirmed Deaths
• 16 Hospitalizations
• 12,211 Tests
• 134 Recovered
Confirmed Cases in Del Norte County
• 58 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
• 7 Active
• 2 Hospitalized
• 2,803 Tests
Confirmed Cases in Trinity County
• 2 Confirmed Cases
• 2 Recovered
• 972 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
• 33 Total Confirmed Cases
• 6 Active cases
• 27 Total recovered
• 3,831 Tests
Case numbers provided by Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity & Siskiyou County Joint Information Center’s
Confirmed Cases at K’ima:w Medical Center in Hoopa
• 1 confirmed case
• 1 recovered
K’ima:w Medical Center
Confirmed Cases at United Indian Health Service
• 9 confirmed cases
• 240 Tests administered
• 218 Negative tests
• 11 Pending test results
Case numbers provided by http://unitedindianhealthservices.org/coronavirus/
California COVID-19 Update: On July 9, California reported 7,031 new cases of COVID-19. The state now has a total of 296,499 positive cases. There have been a total of 6,711 deaths in the state.
• For age group data, visit Cases and Deaths Associated with COVID-19 by Age Group in California.
• For county level data, access the COVID-19 Public Dashboard.
• For skilled nursing facility data, visit Skilled Nursing Facilites: COVID-19.
• The latest data is linked at https://covid19.ca.gov/and features: Hospital Data, County maps, Cases by county, Distributed PPE
What is the treatment for COVID-19?
• From the international data we have, of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, approximately 80 percent do not exhibit symptoms that would require hospitalization. For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care. We are continuing to learn more about this novel coronavirus and treatment may change over time.
New Data Portal
• The state has launched a new, user-friendly data portal at update.covid19.ca.gov that tracks COVID-19 cases statewide and by county, gender, age and ethnicity. The portal also outlines statewide hospitalizations and testing efforts. The data presented on the portal will be updated daily and will include additional information as it is available.
Testing in California
Twenty-five public health labs in California are testing samples for COVID-19. These labs include the California Department of Public Health's Laboratory in Richmond, Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Fresno, Humboldt, Imperial, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey, Napa-Solano-Yolo-Marin (located in Solano), Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sonoma, Tulare and Ventura County public health laboratories. The Richmond Laboratory will provide diagnostic testing within a 48-hour turnaround time. This means California public health officials will get test results sooner, so that patients will get the best care. Additional information on testing and locations to get tested in California can be found on the Testing and Treatment page.
Racial Demographics – A More Complete Picture
• The California Department of Public Health is committed to health equity and collecting more detailed racial and ethnic data that will provide additional understanding for determining future action. Health outcomes are affected by forces including structural racism, poverty and the disproportionate prevalence of underlying conditions such as asthma and heart disease among Latinos and African American Californians. Only by looking at the full picture can we understand how to ensure the best outcomes for all Californians.
The differences in health outcomes related to COVID-19 are most stark in COVID-19 deaths. We have nearly complete data on race and ethnicity for COVID-19 deaths, and we are seeing the following trends. Overall, for adults 18 and older, Latinos, African Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are dying at disproportionately higher levels. The proportion of COVID-19 deaths in African Americans is about double their population representation across all adult age categories. For Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, overall numbers are low, but there is a four-fold difference between the proportion of COVID-19 deaths and their population representation. More men are dying from COVID-19 than females, in line with national trends. More information is available at COVID-19 Race and Ethnicity Data.
Should I wear a mask?
California’s public health officials released updated guidance on June 18 on the use of cloth face coverings by the general public worn outside the home. It mandates that face coverings be worn state-wide in the circumstances and with the exceptions outlined in the guidance. It does not substitute for existing guidance about social distancing and handwashing. The state also does not recommend Californians use N-95 or surgical masks, which are needed for our health care workers and first responders who will be there for when our lives at risk.
The use of cloth face coverings could reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by individuals who do not have symptoms and may reinforce physical distancing. Public health officials also caution that face coverings may increase risk if users reduce their use of strong defenses such as physical distancing and frequent hand washing.
Please see the updated guidance (PDF) for more information.
This guidance broadly requires the use of face coverings in California when in public or common spaces. Complete details, including all requirements and exceptions to these rules, can be found in the link above. Guidance for specific industries, which is posted on www.covid19.ca.gov, will be updated to reflect this revised policy on the use of face coverings.
United States Confirmed Cases: Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of June 23, 2020:
• Total confirmed cases 3,047,671 (+64,771 New Cases* compared to yesterday’s data)
• Total confirmed deaths 132,056 (+991 New Deaths* compared to yesterday’s data)
• The CDC also provides an overview here: https://www.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/index.html
US Officials Worry Protests May Set Off Second Wave of COVID-19
• Public health officials urged anyone who does protest to wear face coverings, use hand sanitizer, and maintain social distance. The leader of New York City’s contact-tracing effort said that everyone who attended a protest should get tested for COVID-19.
Nationwide: Pharmaceutical Company Begins First Human Trial of COVID-19 Antibody Therapy
• Eli Lilly and Company said it has started the first human trial of an antibody therapy to treat COVID-19. If the trial is successful, the therapy could be available by the fall.
Global Confirmed Cases: As of July 9, 2020
• Total Confirmed Cases 12,169,400 +259,180
• Total Confirmed Deaths 552,104 +5,786
• Total Recovered Cases 6,696,322 +189,914
Actions Taken by the State and Federal Government
• Published: Jul 09, 2020: Ahead of Peak Fire Season, Governor Newsom Announces More Firefighting Support Amid COVID-19 Pandemic. To view full press release view: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/07/09/ahead-of-peak-fire-season-governor-newsom-announces-more-firefighting-support-amid-covid-19-pandemic/
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. Business may submit their reopening plan to Incident Commander, Serene Hayden.
• 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 Tribe has approved the hiring of a Tribal member contractor to clear the flat at Tulley Creek (West side of YHSS building/Tulley Creek Firehouse) The contractor has started the project. Emergency Protective Measures due to COVID -19 and Emergency Response Services units (Connex boxes) for Food Distribution for upriver residents will be located at the site.
• 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
Facilities report from Dean Baker: Week of June 29
Hand Sanitizers - Public Works has converted several soap dispensers into hand sanitizers and stationed them at various locations in the Klamath and Weitchpec main offices. They will be continuing to set these up until all tribal locations are covered. Also, signage has been posted to include the mandatory wearing of masks, sign in/sign out when entering or leaving, and to sanitize hands upon entry.
Air Filtration – I’m getting a fresh quote this afternoon from Frank’s Heating and Air for air scrubbers. These run just over $1000 apiece. We can schedule accordingly if this is the way we want to go. After speaking with Frank’s a couple of months ago, I asked what was the most effective method of dealing with COVID-19 regarding filtration, and air scrubbers were his recommendation. Paperwork on this has not been started. We can get this started asap, if it’s an allowable cost and you give us the go ahead.
Cleaning and Disinfecting - This coming weekend, we have North Coast Cleaning coming in to clean and disinfect the Worthington location. The Palm Cleaning Company will be doing all the fogging for the Crescent City, Klamath, and Weitchpec locations as soon as we get approved to schedule them. Chem-Dry will be cleaning all the carpets and floors in the Crescent City and Klamath areas after cleaning and disinfecting takes place. If we can’t find a vendor to come out to do the upriver locations, we’ll do those in-house.
• The Yurok Food Distribution application can be found here: https://www.yuroktribe.org/…/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. *
• Monthly Assistance- Current Families will continue to receive cash assistance – Checks will be mailed out by the 1st of each month. Monthly Eligibility Reports (MERs) will be attached to checks. Work participation hours will be waived.
• Supportive Services- Requests will continue to be accepted via phone.
• New Applications & Recertifications- will be scheduled an intake appointment over the phone. Expedited approval/presumptive eligibility for qualified families.
• Employment Training, Wellness, Language/Cultural Activities- all in person activities are temporarily suspended. Program staff are developing at home activities that can be done through web based, live sessions, and packets.
Indian Child Welfare Services
• Social workers will participate in essential services such as family team meetings, court, and one on one case management by phone.
• Social Workers will be calling clients with open cases and investigations to check in. Social Workers will also be calling to check in the county Child Welfare Services.
Youth Wellness Program
• Case management activities with active youth will be provided by phone for check in.
• All in person activities are postponed
• Staff are working to develop at home activities including online, web based check ins, and planning for future activities.
• 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.
• Approximately 900 handmade masks have been made and mailed for elders.
• Elder food boxes are no longer being delivered on a weekly basis but if there’s an elder in need of assistance please have them call the pandemic hotline and we will help connect them with resources.
• YHHS is working with other departments to check in on Yurok elders and coordinate critical responses to resources.
• 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 YurokElders@yuroktribe.nsn.us
• 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.
• For more information call 1-888-225-8952.
• What we can offer to the elders:
• PPE & thermometers (If in stock & can be ordered)
• Utilities (heating)- Wood, propane, electricity, emergency communication (Can’t guarantee) working with LIHEAP, Forestry, and Elder Advocate Program
• Personal Needs-We can help facilitate-working with UIHS (medi-cal) for long term. Also, not guaranteed, but we can try to help.
• Medical- Prescriptions, transportation to essential appointments- we can help facilitate-working with CHRs, UIHS, Yurok Transit.
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Yurok Tribe Transit Services
Yurok Tribe Transit Service has changed how services are offered.
• 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.
Yurok Indian Housing Authority (YIHA)
• The majority of Yurok Indian Housing Authority employees continue to work from home. Our Yurok Indian Housing Authority office continues to be closed to the public until it is safe to return to work.
• As of March 13, the lobby has been closed to the public and all inquiries need to be made as a call-in or email.
• Program emails should be directed to Rachel Dowd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• If there is an elder emergency or tenant emergency, tribal members can call Kinney Childs III at (707)954-6858.
• Regular business: applications are available on the YIHA website at www.yurokhousing.com and will be processed when staff return to the office.
• 10 new homes being constructed in Tulley Creek are continuing construction as an essential service to build new homes for the community.
• There are also two additional individual homes for tribal elders that will be constructed this construction year.
Public Health Task Force:
UIHS Meeting Notes 6/26/2020
• There are resources from the CDC for the wildfire season
• UIHS has some level 2 masks that they can distribute to the Tribes. Contact Bill Landowski with requests.
• Air purifiers may also be available, contact Bill Landowski at UIHS.
• Child-sized cloth masks are available for the tribes
• WIC Is not in the office, available by phone
• Want collaboration in reaching the 18-30 demographic—Jenni Burtchfield might be able to assist with this effort. • Wellness and recovery series weekly online meetings
• The Yurok Tribe Emergency Public Health Ordinance can be viewed at:
• Working on signage and population of signs throughout the Reservation
• Maintaining PPE supplies and filling orders
• Received new Fire employees and getting them set up
• Working with Forestry trying to get Sts Rest mowed to help with the community garden.
• Updating message boards and checking on signs on a regular basis.
• For more information call 1-888-225-8952
Logistics Section Update:
• Processing COVID Applications for monetary relief
• 460 Elder Food Boxes-Final week, gave out leftover fruit to Boys and Girls Club
• Processing PPE request
• Maintenance Staff is installing more PPE Sanitizing stations in various departments and buildings.
• All invoices complete and sent to fiscal
• FEMA/CAL OES sent us 1 Pallet of Face Shields, 1 Box of 2,000 Masks, 10,300 Gloves in sizes Large, Medium, and XL
• Sanitizing products continuing to be ordered
• Scheduling Cleaning companies to come in all facilities to sanitize before soft opening
Yurok Education Task Force Update:
• Education continues to have weekly meetings to develop a plan for Re-opening in July for the children of essential employees to start with. Education Managers, Boys and Girls Club Staff and Supervisors are being Directed to work on their Re-opening plans using CDC guidelines and the best practices guidelines.
• Education continues to work with the local school districts of KTJUSD, Del Norte, other school Districts to celebrate the native graduates’ in the region. We are planning a virtual celebration of Yurok graduates on June 17!
• Yurok Education staff (All Tutors, Guidance and Teachers) are being Directed to check their case load student-lists and check-on every student they have been working with this year.
• Weekly learning packets and weekly food bags going to: Klamath Head Start 21 families with 48 children Klamath Boys and Gils Club 20 families with 45 children. Ke’pel Head Start 26 Families and 37 children South Area Head Start Child Care 44 Families and 44 children.
• The Head Start staff, Yurok language staff and Boys and Girls Club staff are providing weekly learning packets for students to do at home, learning videos, and activities-resources for students to do at home. Lunches and snacks are also being provided to the homes for Head Start & Boys and Girls Club students. *All staff in the Education are Directed to practice social-distancing, clean extra, wash their hands extra, wear masks, and if they feel ill to not be around other staff nor come to work. *The majority of Education Funding-Sources have given Flexibility during the COVID-19 Crises as it is hard to access students, schools are closed, and facilities remain closed. *Recent & Pending Funding: Working the Del Norte County Mental Health for prevention funding for the Boys and Girls Club. Our Boys and Girls Club to receive $2,500 from the NFL toward Virtual training of staff. Yurok language is working on a new ANA 3-year grant with James Gensaw as the Acting Lead. Head Start to receive $38,000 in CARES $ for extra cleaning of our facilities for reopening. Head Start will receive $104,000 for Program Quality Improvement and a COLA for the staff Our Boys and Girls Club to receive $20,000 for operations during the crises from the COKE Corp.
• Working with Angie Brown Public Health Officer on reopening phase for child care centers and boys and girls club.
• The Education Department has compiled a list of remote learning resource that can be found here: https://www.yurokoes.org/resources
Planning Section Update:
• Facilitated 0800 Briefing Calls Tuesday & Thursdays
• Attended IC Workgroup Session.
• Requested 214 Reports from ICS Will uploaded and record IC-214 Reports to COVID-19 Database, request & collect ICS-214 per pay-period (2 weeks activity) rather than weekly.
• Results of Meeting with Fiscal (Steve & Cassie): Determined that the weekly info they have begun requesting of Departments was much more accurate than the 214’s that have been submitted.
• In order to not duplicate efforts, I will not request 214’s from the GOV side of the house.
• 08:00 ICS – IMO 6.23 / 08:00 ICS - IMO 15:30 Call – Redwood National & State Park IC Liaison, Steven Troy 6.24 / 08:00 ICS - IMO 14:00 Alliance CDFI – Loan Committee Mtng. RE: Reviewing applications for CARES Act, COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund 6.25 / 08:00 ICS - IMO 08:50 Call – Redwood National & State Park IC Liaison, Steven Troy 6.26 / 08:00 ICS - IMO Various Alliance CDFI RE: Drafting Letters for Grant Recipients, CARES Act
Legal Officer Update:
• Legal review on contract templates re emergency operations center *legal review on contract with code consultants re emergency operations center *drafted letter of introduction for PHO *sent draft contract to PHO *answered some CARES act questions, prevailing wages not required for CARES Act funded construction.
Public Information Officer Update:
• Matt recorded 5 videos of younger Education Department staff and Yurok college students talking about why those in school should make every effort finish the school year strong. I am editing the videos and sharing them every other day.
• The PIO published positive content on average of twice a day, every day to the Tribe’s social media
• PIO continues to produce YOES updates.
• Also, we continue to share UIHS services on our social media platforms.
• Making culturally appropriate graphics to inform Tribal citizens about the threat posed by the coronavirus.
• PIO is drafting all press releases for COVID-19 IMO and for the Govt side of operations.
• Wildfire Cams on towers: Our contractor for broadband contacted FTS inc learning about the wildfire camera options that they offer. They discussed capabilities, availability and possible funding sources to support the purchase price and software costs to operate. There is a BIA funding source that they are highly connected with that may be able to fund these long term. A call will be set up with you/me/them soon.
• Broadband Improvement plan/timeline in process. Ordered Backhaul gear Submitted frequency registrations with FCC
• Working with CPUC on the 2.5ghz application
• Met with OTA RE: easements for KRRBI Fiber path
• Submitted OTA work request for tower on a private property in the Klamath Glen.
• Hired FT Klamath Broadband Tech, interviews next week for upriver tech
• Big stuff is coming as far as communications improvements on the reservation. I am really excited that I now have the funds to start the work. We’re about 3 months behind construction season schedule so I am bringing on a project manager to help get us moving on track with the time restrictions
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.
Yurok Tribal Court-Behavioral & Mental Health Services:
• Yurok Tribe Youth At-Risk Program Bessie @ (707) 951-9372 email@example.com
• Yurok Wellness Counselor (Adults) Tayonna Buck (South District) firstname.lastname@example.org (707) 951-2978.
• Yurok Wellness Counselor (Youth/Adults) Melinda (North/East District) Mescarcega@yuroktribe.nsn.us
• Yurok Wellness Counselor (Youth/Adults) Marie (North District) Mdecora@yuroktribe.nsn.us (707) 458-5911
• July 8: REMINDER gatherings of any size are still prohibited.
• Today, 4 additional Humboldt County resident tested positive for COVID-19, total number of confirmed cases is at 161.
• Humboldt County has 4 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths.
• 16 Hospitalizations
• Restaurants that have been certified by Humboldt County EOC can begin dine-in service as early as this Friday. (Off Reservation only)
• The state has authorized some Humboldt County businesses with lower COVID-19 exposure risk to begin reopening on Friday, May 8. Qualifying businesses must have modifications in place to protect the health and safety of both employees and customers.
• The first stage of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-stage reopening plan has been in place since the statewide Stay-at-Home Order took effect on March 16. Stage Two will begin Friday with what the Governor calls a “soft opening” to gradually reopen certain businesses. This first part of Stage Two will allow the reopening of most retail businesses that are able to serve customers curbside or through delivery as well as logistics and manufacturing supports for retail businesses. According to the state’s plan, businesses that can reopen on Friday, May 8, with modifications in place include:
• Most retail businesses (may open for curbside or delivery only) o Florists, toy stores, sporting goods stores, bookstores and clothing stores are a few examples of Shopping malls and seated dining services cannot reopen per the state Stay-atHome Order
• Businesses that provide logistical and manufacturing support for retail businesses.
• Businesses that plan to reopen on Friday, May 8, should have the following measures in place prior to reopening: • Wearing and requiring facial coverings for all employees and customers in accordance with the Order of the Health Officer • Allowing for six feet of social distancing at all times for employees and customers • Providing access to handwashing and hand sanitizer for employees and customers • Frequently cleaning and sanitizing the facility following CDC reopening guidelines.
OptumServe Testing Site Open For Business
• Humboldt County residents can now schedule a COVID-19 test at the new OptumServe Testing site at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka. The State of California and the COVID-19 Testing Task Force have joined forces with OptumServe and Humboldt County to expand testing services in underserved and under tested communities and for some of the state’s most vulnerable patients.
• People who are not currently ill or are mildly ill can go online and schedule testing. Priority is given to those who are high risk because of their age (65 and older) or have chronic conditions, and for health care workers, first responders and other social service workers. Individuals who work in congregate care settings like nursing homes, jails and shelters are also a priority, as well as frontline workers in essential services such as utility workers, grocery store staff, food supply workers and other employees who work directly with the public.
• People who work in high risk settings such as health care, congregate settings or first responders should contact their provider or Public Health for recommendations about testing even if symptoms are mild. It may be more appropriate to be tested through the Public Health Lab which typically has a faster turnaround time. People who fit the testing criteria and are interested in getting a test can schedule an appointment online or by phone. Please note that phone registration will be used only for people without internet access.
• If an individual has medical insurance, OptumServe will bill the patient’s medical insurance company. Uninsured individuals may also use the community test site, and their tests will be paid for by the state. Copays and deductibles do not apply to this visit. No fees will be collected on-site or billed to the individual being tested.
• Redwood Acres Fairgrounds is located at 3750 Harris St. in Eureka. Please park in the lot
• Humboldt County residents are encouraged to take a community survey to give county leaders feedback on the types of non-essential businesses they would like to see reopen first once the state’s Stay-at-Home Order is relaxed.
• To reduce risk to public health, Humboldt County plans to reopen non-essential businesses and services in phases. The county is currently in Phase One, shelter in place, with Phase Two being the first group of businesses to reopen. In order to move on to Phase Two and beyond, the state must first roll back its Stay-At-Home Order.
• As part of local officials’ planning process for reopening Humboldt County, residents are asked to complete the community survey and recommend nonessential businesses for reopening by phase. As residents submit their feedback, they are asked to consider the following: • Lower-risk businesses will likely be opened first. • Businesses opening early in this process will be required and should be able to incorporate social distancing and other safety measures from start to finish, including: o Masking or facial covering for all employees o Limiting foot traffic to allow 6 feet of social distancing at all times o Safe spacing of customers when outdoors o Easy availability of hand sanitizer for employees and customers
• Availability of handwashing for employees and customers o Frequent cleaning and sanitizing of the facility • Employers will need to have a plan to keep employees out of the workplace if they get sick.
• Residents can access the Community Survey on Non-Essential Business Reopening at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/DXDVYJN.
• Humboldt County’s EOC team has the first state-sponsored remote COVID-19 testing facility was opened today in Eureka to begin testing medical personnel and first responders (appointments are being scheduled by employers). The EOC is seeking to expand services at this new site so that within several weeks, members of the public may be tested.
• Per The County Health Officer’s 4/21/20 Order: Effective (4/24/20), All persons shall wear facial coverings before they enter any indoor facility besides their residence, any enclosed open space, or while outdoors when the person is unable to maintain a six-foot distance from another person at all times.
• Trinity County has 2 confirmed cases. To view press release visit:
• To view the full press release visit:
• As of May 7, 2020 Trinity County still has zero confirmed cases of COVID-19
• The Yurok Tribe has employees currently working in Trinity County
• Health Officer of the County of Trinity amends and replaces the order dealing with Real Estate Services and related Settlement Services made on March 30, 2020 with an updated order dated April 21, 2020, as described below to become effective immediately.
• A determination has been made by the Trinity County Health Officer that REAL ESTATE SERVICES, and related SETTLEMENT SERVICES are now included in the essential services and critical infrastructure status in Trinity County, to view the full content visit: https://www.trinitycounty.org/sites/default/files/Public_Health/Documents/Covid/Amend_and_Replace_HOO_4-21-2020.pdf
• Trinity County Health and Human Services (HHS) Public Health Branch (PHB), and the Office of Emergency Services (OES) continue to work together in coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The Governor’s Order and Trinity County Health Officer Order can be viewed in full at www.trinitycounty.org
• You can track local statistics and information at www.trinitycounty.org
• Contact Trinity County Public Health Branch at (530) 623 – 8235 with questions or concerns.
Current Priorities / Critical Issues: Establish and utilize sitrep reporting with all lifeline agencies/organizations; Identify, assess, and meet housing, feeding, and medication needs of vulnerable public; Assess volunteer need & capacity, provide appropriate training, and match qualified/trained volunteers with appropriate task(s); Identify & address community questions; Plan and prepare for medical surge.
Items of Significance: Approx. 120 attendees at “Silence is Violence” protest at Del Norte County Fairgrounds on 5/31; one individual arrested and charged with brandishing a fire arm and hate crime after threatening protester.
• 4/27/2020: Public Health Officer Dr. Warren Rehwaldt address a new confirmed case in Del Norte County who is recovering at home. Contact tracing is used to find, and inform anyone who has been in close contact that they may also need to isolate. A guidance document has been put together and is being reviewed for relaxing some of the restrictions. He again asks that people continue to enjoy the outdoors, while social distancing yourselves. Read the Full Letter
• Del Norte County Public Health Officer Dr. Warren Rehwaldt gives an update to the community regarding COVID-19. With almost 250 tests done we still only have 2 confirmed cases. He informs the community that the Federal Government is working on plans to re-open the country with “gating criteria.” We have created a new “normal” of how businesses can function, and he gives key principles on how this can be done moving forward. He encourages all community members to read the White House documents that were released last week to update themselves on the current conditions of COVID-19 for our Country. Read the full letter.
• Letter to residents of Del Norte County: https://docs.google.com/a/co.del-norte.ca.us/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=Y28uZGVsLW5vcnRlLmNhLnVzfGRuY298Z3g6MTMyMWUyZmIxN2UwNmI5Mg
• Del Norte County has set up a COVID-19 information line to answer our community's questions about the coronavirus that is causing COVID-19. COVID-19 Information Line: 707-464-091.
Change in Fuel Mart(s) Hours of Operation
• Pem-Mey is now serving breakfast to go
• RHC Abalone Restaurant has started doing takeout as of 5/18/2020 Monday--Friday 11AM to 6PM for takeout.
• Pey-Mey Fuel Mart in Klamath is open 8 a.m. – 8p.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 8 a.m.-6 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 yurokoes.org.
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