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 7, 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 As a result, they have removed the active and recovered case counts from the data hub to prevent inaccurate or outdated information from being reported.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 37,539, including 557 new resident cases and 32 new non-resident cases reported. Of these cases, 32,979 are under investigation, 603 individuals had a recent history of travel and 3,957 were close contact, community or unknown. There has been a total of 805 hospitalizations and 146 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 1,543 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Alaska including 7 new cases reported: Haines (1), Juneau (3), Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (1), Sitka (1), and Wrangell (1). Of these cases, 49 have been hospitalized and 7 deaths have been recorded.

  • Haines Borough: 18
  • Juneau City & Borough: 913
  • Ketchikan Gateway Borough: 214
  • Petersburg Borough: 29
  • Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area: 60
  • Craig: 7
  • Metlakatla: 12
  • Other: 41
  • Sitka City & Borough: 225
  • Skagway: 11
  • Wrangell City & Borough: 23
  • 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: 1,360,202
  • Deaths: 19,963
*Reported by the Los Angeles Times as of
1:57 PM (PST) on December 7, 2020.
  • Confirmed Cases: 177,447
  • Deaths: 2,925
*Reported by Washington State Department of Health as of 11:59 PM (PST) on December 5, 2020.
United States COVID-19 Cases:
  • Total Confirmed: 14,909,148*
  • Total Recovered: 5,624,609*
  • Total Deaths: 283,503*
  • 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 1:26 PM AKDT on December 7, 2020.
Mental Health During COVID-19

Even in a normal year, winter weather and long nights can take a toll on your physical and mental wellbeing. With the Coronavirus pandemic, this winter may feel especially challenging for those who have seasonal affective disorder or depression.

Taking steps to reduce your stress in a healthy way is important. Here are a few tips and coping strategies to safely boost your mental health this winter:

  • Connect Virtually with Friends & Family: Schedule a digital social hour or bring your friends together to participate in trivia sessions, movie screenings, and other activities via video conferencing tools.
  • Prioritize Sleep & Healthy Eating: A healthy amount of sleep and good diet can improve mental and emotional resilience.
  • Try Light Therapy: Seasonal affective disorder may be caused by the lack of sunlight exposure in the winter. Make sure that you choose a light box that is rated for 10,000 lux and that the light source is placed within two feet of your face when in use.
  • Stay Active Inside & Outside: Try online workout videos, take a short walk outside and don't forget there are some great outdoor winter activities such as snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
  • Take a Break from Television, Smartphones & Social Media: Unplug from the constant stimulus of social media and news feeds and find a good book to read.
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.