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 19, 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.
The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Alaska is currently 399 including 0 ne w cases as of May 18, 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 348 statewide recoveries, 43 hospitalizations and 10 deaths.

Southeast Alaska Breakdown*:
In Southeast Alaska, there are two active cases including one under investigation, and there has been 48 recoveries and one death.
  • Juneau: 30 (28 recovered, 2 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: 81,903
  • Total Deaths: 3,296

*Statistics reported as of 9:40 AM (PST)
on May 19, 2020.
  • Total Confirmed Cases: 18,611
  • Total Deaths: 1,002

*Statistics reported as of 11:59 PM (PST) on May 18, 2020.
United States COVID-19 Cases:
  • Total Confirmed: 1,523,534*
  • Total Recovered: 283,178*
  • Total Deaths: 91,570*
  • 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 12:32:29 PM AKDT on May 19, 2020.
Economic Impact Payment
Many homeless Americans qualify for an Economic Impact Payment, even those who don’t work. If they normally don’t file taxes, the only way to get a payment is to sign up with the IRS at

The IRS is committed to helping you get your Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to by some as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers. No further action is needed by taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019, and most seniors and retirees.
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.