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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May 18, 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 399 including 3 ne w cases as of May 17, 2020. Of these cases, 53 are in Southeast Alaska (see breakdown below), 102 individuals had a recent history of travel and 297 were close contact, community or unknown. There has been a total of 345 statewide recoveries, 43 hospitalizations and 10 deaths.

Southeast Alaska Breakdown*:
In Southeast Alaska, there are four active cases including one under investigation, and there has been 48 recoveries and one death.
  • Juneau: 30 (26 recovered, 4 active)
  • Ketchikan: 16 (16 recovered)
  • Petersburg: 4 (3 recovered, 1 death)
  • Prince of Wales Island - Craig: 2 (2 recovered)
  • Sitka: 1 (1 recovered)

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.
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: 80,529
  • Total Deaths: 3,242

*Statistics reported as of 12:57 PM (PST)
on May 18, 2020.
  • Total Confirmed Cases: 18,611
  • Total Deaths: 1,002

*Statistics reported as of 11:59 PM (PST) on May 17, 2020.
United States COVID-19 Cases:
  • Total Confirmed: 1,504,386*
  • Total Recovered: 283,178*
  • Total Deaths: 90,194*
  • 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 1:32:33 PM AKDT on May 18, 2020.
Best Mask Material
Have you tried to make your own mask?

Some fabrics might filter nearly as well as N95 masks. A recent study that was performed by the University of Chicago and the Argonne National Laboratory found that the filtration efficiency of a mask that combines one layer of a tight-woven cotton like 600-thread count with two layers of silk or chiffon was greater than 90% at capturing particles larger than 0.3 microns (300 nm) and greater than 80% at capturing smaller particles. The layers of fabric provide a mechanical and electrostatic barrier and performed nearly as well as an N95 mask and actually performed better than an N95 mask at capturing the smallest particles the scientists experimented with.

The study was featured in the ACS Nano, a peer-reviewed, scientific journal.
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.