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 8, 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 As a result, they have removed the active and recovered case counts from the data hub to prevent inaccurate or outdated information from being reported.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 38,116, including 564 new resident cases and 16 new non-resident cases reported. Of these cases, 33,550 are under investigation, 603 individuals had a recent history of travel and 3,963 were close contact, community or unknown. There has been a total of 827 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 1,557 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Alaska including 14 new cases reported: Juneau (9), Ketchikan (2), and Sitka (3). Of these cases, 49 have been hospitalized and 7 deaths have been recorded.

  • Haines Borough: 18
  • Juneau City & Borough: 922
  • Ketchikan Gateway Borough: 216
  • Petersburg Borough: 29
  • Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area: 60
  • Craig: 5
  • Metlakatla: 12
  • Other: 43
  • Sitka City & Borough: 228
  • 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: 1,395,332
  • Deaths: 20,102
*Reported by the Los Angeles Times as of
2:31 PM (PST) on December 8, 2020.
  • Confirmed Cases: 184,404
  • Deaths: 2,941
*Reported by Washington State Department of Health as of 11:59 PM (PST) on December 6, 2020.
United States COVID-19 Cases:
  • Total Confirmed: 15,113,860*
  • Total Recovered: 5,714,557*
  • Total Deaths: 285,779*
  • 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 8, 2020.
COVID-19 Vaccines
As we get closer to securing vaccines for the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to stay informed on the latest information and resources available regarding the vaccine planning for the United States.

Just yesterday, the Alaska COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force presented to the Alaska Senate Health & Social Services committee during a legislative hearing. To view a copy of the task force's presentation which provides information regarding the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine delivery, phases of distribution, tribal health partnerships, and more, click here.

Below is a list of eight things you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine planning in the United States as compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  1. The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority.
  2. Many vaccines are being developed and tested, but some might be ready before others—CDC is planning for many possibilities.
  3. At least at first, COVID-19 vaccines might be used under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  4. There will be a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020, but supply will continually increase in the weeks and months that follow.
  5. Because of limited supply, some groups will be recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccine first.
  6. At first, COVID-19 vaccines may not be recommended for children.
  7. Cost will not be an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
  8. COVID-19 vaccine planning is being updated as new information becomes available.

For information about the COVID-19 vaccine planning, how the vaccines work, vaccine safety and more, click here.
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.