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 4, 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 As a result, they have removed the active and recovered case counts from the data hub to prevent inaccurate or outdated information from being reported.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 35,325, including 744 new resident cases and 12 new non-resident cases reported. Of these cases, 30,832 are under investigation, 603 individuals had a recent history of travel and 3,890 were close contact, community or unknown. There has been a total of 794 hospitalizations and 142 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 1,512 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Alaska including 39 new cases reported: Juneau (31), Ketchikan (2), Sitka (4), Wrangell (1), and Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon (1). Of these cases, 49 have been hospitalized and 7 deaths have been recorded.

  • Haines Borough: 17
  • Juneau City & Borough: 903
  • Ketchikan Gateway Borough: 209
  • Petersburg Borough: 26
  • Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area: 56
  • Craig: 5
  • Metlakatla: 11
  • Other: 40
  • Sitka City & Borough: 218
  • Skagway: 11
  • Wrangell City & Borough: 22
  • Yakutat-Hoonah-Angoon: 50
Case Count by States with High Tribal Citizen Populations:
The following are statistics for California and Washington states where a large population of Tlingit & Haida's tribal citizens reside.
  • Confirmed Cases: 1,293,714
  • Deaths: 19,673
*Reported by the Los Angeles Times as of
3:45 PM (PST) on December 4, 2020.
  • Confirmed Cases: 174,290
  • Deaths: 2,925
*Reported by Washington State Department of Health as of 11:59 PM (PST) on December 3, 2020.
United States COVID-19 Cases:
  • Total Confirmed: 14,337,640*
  • Total Recovered: 5,470,389*
  • Total Deaths: 278,594*
  • 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 3:28 PM AKDT on December 4, 2020.

The Tribal Emergency Operations Center (TEOC) personnel and other volunteer staff have been working quickly to pull together essential emergency supplies to provide aid to the displaced families in Haines. Just last night, the landing craft Front Runner arrived in Haines at approximately 9:50 PM to help respond to the aftermath of the landslide. The Front Runner was carrying additional TEOC personnel, emergency response supplies and essential equipment such as an excavator. All supplies were immediately unloaded and prepped for distribution to the displaced families today. TEOC personnel are working alongside other emergency response teams to continue to assess the community’s needs and are helping to organize cleanup efforts to essential areas such as the airport and other staging areas that are currently flooded.

Haines is currently under a Flash Flood Warning which will remain in effect through Sunday evening. In the past 36 to 48 hours, record rainfall amounts of 7 to 10 inches have been reported around Haines. Additional debris flows and flooding are possible through this afternoon near steep terrain. The TEOC personnel is assisting in preparation for further storms and landslides that could potentially displace more people as the weather forecast continues to call for more rain through next Monday. There are still 2 people missing due to the landslide. We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

Emergency Operations Administrator Corey Padron also reported that the community of Klukwan appears to be intact and unaffected and that all roads to Haines are passable.

At this time, the Haines community needs assessment is showing that family members impacted in Haines are not in need of any further supplies. As a result, the TEOC will be closing its donation drop-off location and will focus its efforts on emergency response and raising funds for the community to assist families that have lost their homes or have extensive home damage and repairs to foundations and driveways.

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COVID-19 Stay Connected

When practicing social distancing it’s easy to feel isolated, especially as we we enter the winter season and daylight is short. Social distancing does not mean social isolation however. Whether you’re working remotely, quarantined or just hunkering down, it's important to stay connected.

One of our most important Tribal Values that we embrace is to hold each other up. Now is the perfect time to reach out to family and friends, check on them and lift them up. With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to keep in touch with friends and family (phone calls, FaceTime, video chat, email, messaging etc.).
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.