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 17, 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 As a result, they have removed the active and recovered case counts from the data hub to prevent inaccurate or outdated information from being reported.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 42,856, including 360 new resident cases and 6 new non-resident cases reported. Of these cases, 38,158 are under investigation, 611 individuals had a recent history of travel and 4,087 were close contact, community or unknown. There has been a total of 921 hospitalizations and 183 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 1,651 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Alaska including 6 new cases reported: Ketchikan (1), Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (1), Sitka (2) and Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon (2). Of these cases, 50 have been hospitalized and 8 deaths have been recorded.

  • Haines Borough: 20
  • Juneau City & Borough: 972
  • Ketchikan Gateway Borough: 226
  • Petersburg Borough: 28
  • Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area: 66
  • Craig: 6
  • Metlakatla: 12
  • Other: 48
  • Sitka City & Borough: 249
  • Skagway: 15
  • Wrangell City & Borough: 23
  • Yakutat-Hoonah-Angoon: 52
  • Confirmed Cases: 1,699,853
  • Deaths: 21,887
*Reported by the Los Angeles Times as of
9:52 AM (PST) on December 17, 2020.
  • Confirmed Cases: 206,594
  • Deaths: 3,042
*Reported by Washington State Department of Health as of 11:59 PM (PST) on December 15, 2020.
United States COVID-19 Cases:
  • Total Confirmed: 17,179,180*
  • Total Recovered: Data Unavailable At Time Of Posting*
  • Total Deaths: 310,325*
  • 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 3:27 PM AKDT on December 17, 2020.
COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet

As we approach the early stages of delivery of the Coronavirus vaccine, there are important guidelines and information we should all be aware of. Check out the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet which answers the following questions:
  • What is the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine?
  • What Should You Mention to Your Vaccination Provider Before You Get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine?
  • Who Should Get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine?
  • Who Should Not Get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine?
  • What are the Ingredients in the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine?
  • How is the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Given?
  • Has the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Been Used Before?
  • What are the Benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine?
  • What are the risks of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine?
  • What Should I Do About the Side Effects?
  • What If I Decide Not to Get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine?
  • Are Other Choices Available for Preventing COVID-19 Besides Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine?
  • Can I Receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine with Other Vaccines?
  • What if I am Pregnant or Breastfeeding?
  • Will the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Give Me COVID-19?
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.