Providing current news on the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) to protect the safety and well-being of Tlingit & Haida's citizens, clients, employees and communities.
Tribal Emergency Operations Center (TEOC)
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December 15, 2020

Tlingit & Haida is committed to providing current information on the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to ensure all tribal citizens remain informed and have the resources needed to stay safe. Below is a brief update from Tlingit & Haida’s Tribal Emergency Operations Center.

Note: Due to the increase in cases statewide, certain areas of the State of Alaska's data entry are lagging far behind real-time. As a result, they have removed the active and recovered case counts from the data hub to prevent inaccurate or outdated information from being reported.
The total number of cumulative positive COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of yesterday is 41,858, including 277 new resident cases and 7 new non-resident cases reported. Of these cases, 37,176 are under investigation, 606 individuals had a recent history of travel and 4,076 were close contact, community or unknown. There has been a total of 908 hospitalizations and 179 deaths. To view Southeast Alaska cases, case counts by high tribal citizen populations, and U.S. breakdowns, see below.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever with symptoms, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, contact your local healthcare provider for medical advice.
*The Alaska COVID-19 data is derived from the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub developed by the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Alaska resident cases are reported by place of resident, and includes Alaskan residents diagnosed and isolated out-of-state. Non-resident cases are reported by place of diagnosis. Communities with fewer than 1,000 residents are combined at the borough/census area level to protect patient privacy. Counts by residency status and place are subject to change as additional information is collected during case investigations. Source: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Southeast Alaska Total Cases by Community:
There are 1,644 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Alaska including 17 new cases reported: Juneau (10), Ketchikan (1), Sitka (5) and Skagway (1). Of these cases, 50 have been hospitalized and 8 deaths have been recorded.

  • Haines Borough: 20
  • Juneau City & Borough: 972
  • Ketchikan Gateway Borough: 225
  • Petersburg Borough: 28
  • Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area: 65
  • Craig: 6
  • Metlakatla: 12
  • Other: 47
  • Sitka City & Borough: 244
  • Skagway: 15
  • Wrangell City & Borough: 23
  • Yakutat-Hoonah-Angoon: 52
  • Confirmed Cases: 1,625,932
  • Deaths: 21,268
*Reported by the Los Angeles Times as of
2:48 PM (PST) on December 15, 2020.
  • Confirmed Cases: 205,069
  • Deaths: 2,953
*Reported by Washington State Department of Health as of 11:59 PM (PST) on December 14, 2020.
United States COVID-19 Cases:
  • Total Confirmed: 16,677,333*
  • Total Recovered: Data Unavailable At Time Of Posting*
  • Total Deaths: 303,046*
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 55 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)

*United States COVID-19 data is derived from an interactive dashboard developed by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University that tracks the COVID-19 spread in
real-time. Data was pulled at 2:27 PM AKDT on December 15, 2020.
Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Staying healthy during the pandemic is crucial to preventing severe illness and increasing resiliency to cope with stress. Find a way to move your body and get the blood pumping, eat healthy, and practice kindness and gratitude. Here are some resources from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to help encourage your friends, communities, schools, clients, and loved ones to stay strong, safe, and kind.

  • Get your flu shot
  • Avoid the 3 Cs: closed spaces, crowded places, and close contact situations. Outside is safer than inside if you are with people outside your household bubble. If you spend time in any of these situations, be sure to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet apart from others.
  • Do the 3 Wswear a maskwash your hands, and watch your space. Used in combination, these offer stronger protection. Don’t just do one W – do all three together.
  • Stay home if you feel sick. Get tested if you have any symptoms. The quicker we identify COVID-19, the better we can control the spread. Make a plan in case you need to quarantine or isolate. Have 2 weeks of non-perishable food and medicine in the house and identify a location for a sick family member to isolate if needed. For families with children, identify a Circle of Support to plan care for your children or other family members if you become sick. Let close contacts know if you test positive.
  • For the full list of resources click here.
It is imperative that our tribal citizens continue to hunker down and shelter in place, follow federal, state, tribal and local health mandates, and stay informed on the COVID-19 pandemic to keep ourselves and our families safe.

 Tlingit & Haida's Tribal Emergency Operations Center (TEOC)
The Tribal Emergency Operations Center (TEOC) was created to enable Tlingit & Haida to provide timely, integrated, and coordinated responses to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic that addresses the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The activation of the TEOC is not due to any identified cases within the Tribe. All actions are aimed at protecting the safety and well-being of Tlingit & Haida’s citizens, clients, employees and communities.