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 21, 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 402 including 0 ne w cases as of May 20, 2020. Of these cases, 53 are in Southeast Alaska (see breakdown below), 103 individuals had a recent history of travel and 299 were close contact, community or unknown. There has been a total of 356 statewide recoveries, 44 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: 87,564
  • Total Deaths: 3,561

*Statistics reported as of 1:50 PM (PST)
on May 21, 2020.
  • Total Confirmed Cases: 18,971
  • Total Deaths: 1,037

*Statistics reported as of 11:59 PM (PST) on May 19, 2020.
United States COVID-19 Cases:
  • Total Confirmed: 1,573,742*
  • Total Recovered: 298,418*
  • Total Deaths: 94,556*
  • 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 1:32:50 PM AKDT on May 21, 2020.
Small Business Resources
Many small businesses have experienced unprecedented economic disruptions resulting from the Coronavirus outbreak.

We've heard that a little financial support can go a long way so here’s a list of foundations and other funding sources that are providing grants, zero and low-interest loans, and other resources to support small businesses:

  • Facebook Small Business Grants Program: Offers $100M in cash grants and ad credits through their Small Business Grants Program. Learn more
  • The James Beard Foundation: Launched a Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. Learn more 
  • Opportunity Fund: Specializes in money lending to small businesses owned by women, immigrants and people of color, is collaborating with investors and nonprofits to put together a Coronavirus relief fund that will provide grants and low-interest rate loans. Learn more
  • MainVest, Main Street Initiative: Offers a $2,000, zero-interest, 120-day loan for restaurants or other brick and mortars affected by the shutdown. Learn more
  • Kiva US Small Business Loans: Offers 0% interest loans of up to $15,000 to entrepreneurs in the U.S. on for the last 10 years. New borrowers may access a grace period of up to 6 months for greater financial flexibility. Learn more
  • Restaurant Workers Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund: Provides emergency funding to those employed by or own restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier that are faced unforeseen expenses that cannot or will not be covered by insurance. Learn more
  • Verizon and LISC Small Business Recovery Fund: Offers grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. Learn more
  • JPMorgan: Pledged $50 million global philanthropic commitment to support communities and people hit hardest by this public health crisis, including $2 million to existing nonprofit partners and $8 million to assist small businesses. Learn more
  • Kabbage: Launched an online hub to help boost sales for U.S small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a system through which businesses can sell gift cards to consumers for use at a later date. Learn more
  • The Go Fund Me Relief Initiative: Supports local businesses facing financial loss. Make a difference today by donating or starting a fundraiser. Learn more
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.