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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April 16, 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.
Alaska Case Count Update:
The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Alaska is currently 300 including 7 ne w cases as of April 16, 2020. Of these cases, 83 individuals had a recent history of travel and 217 were close contact, community or unknown. There has been a total of 110 statewide recoveries, 35 hospitalizations and 9 deaths.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, contact your local healthcare provider for medical advice.
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.
  • Total Confirmed Cases: 27,575
  • Total Deaths: 947

*Statistics reported as of 2:05 PM (PST) on April 16, 2020.
  • Total Confirmed Cases: 10,783
  • Total Deaths: 567

*Statistics reported are as of 11:59 PM (PST) on April 14, 2020.
United States COVID-19 Cases:
  • Total Confirmed: 654,301*
  • Total Recovered: 53,697*
  • Total Deaths: 31,628*
  • 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 1:38:22 PM AKDT on April 16, 2020.
Emergency Help for Tribal Citizens Affected by COVID-19
Tribal citizens and all Alaska Natives or American Indians who reside in Tlingit & Haida’s service area and are recently unemployed or laid-off due to the Coronavirus crisis can seek assistance through several of the Tribe’s programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Child Care or General Assistance.

These programs can help with essential needs such as food, diapers & formula, clothing, shelter and utilities depending on eligibility.

For more information on eligibility requirements and service areas for each of our programs, refer to Tlingit & Haida’s Program Profiles .

Resources for Tribal Citizens Living Out of State:
There are many tribal citizens in need that are not in our service area. Unfortunately, due to federal funding restrictions, many of Tlingit & Haida's services are only available to individuals and families that are Alaska Native or American Indian and reside within our service area, which is Southeast Alaska with the exception of a few village tribes that operate their own programs.

This is an unfortunate reality of administering restricted funds and an issue Tlingit & Haida is working hard to address by generating unrestricted revenues through its tribal business enterprises. Many tribes throughout the United States administer these same programs and provide services to Alaska Natives and American Indians in their service area.

For tribal citizens residing outside of Tlingit & Haida’s service area, please go to the Bureau of Indian Affairs website and locate the tribe nearest you to request assistance.
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.