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 23, 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 As a result, they have removed the active and recovered case counts from the data hub to prevent inaccurate or outdated information from being reported.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 44,828, including 355 new resident cases and 4 new non-resident cases reported. Of these cases, 40,023 are under investigation, 618 individuals had a recent history of travel and 4,187 were close contact, community or unknown. There has been a total of 961 hospitalizations and 197 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 1,714 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Alaska including 9 new cases reported: Juneau (1 Resident / 2 Non-Residents), Ketchikan (1 Resident), Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (1 Resident), and Sitka (4 Residents). Of these cases, 51 have been hospitalized and 8 deaths have been recorded.

  • Haines Borough: 22
  • Juneau City & Borough: 1,010
  • Ketchikan Gateway Borough: 231
  • Petersburg Borough: 28
  • Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area: 70
  • Craig: 9
  • Metlakatla: 12
  • Other: 49
  • Sitka City & Borough: 262
  • Skagway: 15
  • Wrangell City & Borough: 24
  • Yakutat-Hoonah-Angoon: 52
  • Confirmed Cases: 1,982,551
  • Deaths: 23,412
*Reported by the Los Angeles Times as of
2:28 PM (PST) on December 23, 2020.
  • Confirmed Cases: 219,584
  • Deaths: 3,131
*Reported by Washington State Department of Health as of 11:59 PM (PST) on December 21, 2020
United States COVID-19 Cases:
  • Total Confirmed: 18,402,363*
  • Total Deaths: 325,358
  • 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 1:22 PM AKDT on December 23, 2020.
SEARHC Chief Medical Officer Provides Presentation & Answers Questions on the Coronavirus Vaccine
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's (SEARHC) Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President Dr. Elliot Bruhl joined Tlingit & Haida President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson today for a special presentation on the Coronavirus vaccine. The presentation was held live on Tlingit & Haida's Facebook page over the lunch hour and will also be available on YouTube shortly. To watch the video recording of the presentation on Facebook, click here.

Presentation Overview:

  • Cause of COVID-19
  • Purpose of the Vaccine
  • How the Vaccine Works
  • Effectiveness of the Vaccine
  • Side Effects of the Vaccine
  • Safety of the Vaccine
  • How the Vaccine Was Developed
  • Who Will Receive the Vaccine and When

Gunalchéesh, Háw’aa to SEARHC for partnering with us to ensure our tribal citizens receive accurate information on the Coronavirus vaccine.

For more information on the Coronavirus vaccine, visit the following websites:
Be Safe This Holiday Season

With COVID-19 cases still growing, it’s essential to take precautions to keep you and your family safe! Travel and gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase your chance of getting or spreading COVID-19. Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the best choice this holiday season.

To determine the level of risk involved, ask these questions:

  • Where is the event being held?
  • How long is the event?
  • How many people are attending?
  • Is anyone coming from out of town?

For more holiday celebration safety tips, visit the Mayo Clinic's website.
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.