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
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April 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. Tlingit & Haida implores you to not panic and to follow federal, state, tribal and local health mandates.

It is imperative that our tribal citizens continue to hunker down and shelter in place in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. Parents are urged to keep children home, not schedule play dates, and avoid group gatherings in public areas.

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.

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 226 including 13 new cases as of April 7, 2020. Of these cases, 62 individuals had a recent history of travel, 132 were close contact or unknown, and 32 cases have recovered. There have been a total of 27 hospitalizations and 7 deaths.
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: 18,535
  • Total Hospitalizations: 2,611
  • Total Deaths: 485

*Statistics reported as of 2:47 PM (Pacific Time) on April 8, 2020.
  • Total Confirmed Cases: 8,682
  • Total Hospitalizations: 4,490
  • Total Deaths: 394

*Statistics reported are as of 11:59 PM on April 6, 2020.
United States COVID-19 Cases:
  • Total Cases: 424,945*
  • Total Deaths: 14,529*
  • 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 d ata is derived from an Esri curated feature service located  here .
Materials Used for Making Homemade Protective Masks
Have you tried to make your own mask? It’s possibly the best option to ensure surgical masks stay in the hands of our frontline healthcare employees. If you have thought about or are in the process of making your own mask, here’s a list of household materials that have been used for masks and their effectiveness at capturing virus-sized particles.

The bar graph was developed based on a study performed at Cambridge University during the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic. The scientists tested 0.02 micron Bacteriophage MS2 particles, which are five (5) times smaller than the Coronavirus.
  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.