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 22, 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 As a result, they have removed the active and recovered case counts from the data hub to prevent inaccurate or outdated information from being reported.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 44,463, including 426 new resident cases and 3 new non-resident cases reported. Of these cases, 39,665 are under investigation, 618 individuals had a recent history of travel and 4,180 were close contact, community or unknown. There has been a total of 948 hospitalizations and 194 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 1,706 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Alaska including 18 new cases reported in Juneau. Of these cases, 51 have been hospitalized and 8 deaths have been recorded.

  • Haines Borough: 22
  • Juneau City & Borough: 1,007
  • Ketchikan Gateway Borough: 230
  • Petersburg Borough: 28
  • Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area: 69
  • Craig: 8
  • Metlakatla: 12
  • Other: 49
  • Sitka City & Borough: 258
  • Skagway: 15
  • Wrangell City & Borough: 25
  • Yakutat-Hoonah-Angoon: 52
  • Confirmed Cases: 1,940,781
  • Deaths: 22,979
*Reported by the Los Angeles Times as of
3:08 PM (PST) on December 22, 2020.
  • Confirmed Cases: 218,415
  • Deaths: 3,106
*Reported by Washington State Department of Health as of 4:20 PM (PST) on December 20, 2020.
United States COVID-19 Cases:
  • Total Confirmed: 18,168,777*
  • Total Deaths: 322,218
  • 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 12:23 PM AKDT on December 22, 2020.
Resource Highlight
Seasonal Safety Resources for Fire Prevention
With winter now upon us and many people working and learning at home, it’s critical we all do our part to protect our families from fire hazards. Heating appliances are the second leading cause of home fires. While staying home and staying warm, here are some helpful fire prevention tips to be aware of this holiday season:
  • Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.
  • Ensure your home has working smoke alarms on every level, outside all sleeping areas, and in all bedrooms.
  • Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year.
  • Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container, and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and any nearby buildings.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or space heaters.
  • Plug only one heat-producing appliance (such as a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.
  • Never use an oven to heat your home.
  • Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
For more resources on how to keep your home warm and safe, visit the National Fire Protection Association.
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.