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 6, 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 372 including 1 ne w case as of May 5, 2020. Of these cases, 95 individuals had a recent history of travel and 277 were close contact, community or unknown. There has been a total of 284 statewide recoveries, 38 hospitalizations and 10 deaths.

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.
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: 59,698
  • Total Deaths: 2,439

*Statistics reported as of 1:42 PM (PST) on May 6, 2020.
  • Total Confirmed Cases: 15,594
  • Total Deaths: 862

*Statistics reported are as of 11:59 PM (PST) on May 4, 2020.
United States COVID-19 Cases:
  • Total Confirmed: 1,219,952*
  • Total Recovered: 189,791*
  • Total Deaths: 72,812*
  • 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 12:32:28 PM AKDT on May 6, 2020.
Sewing for Safety and a Good Cause
Tlingit & Haida’s Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau, Alaska has found a new purpose after closing its event space to the public six weeks ago as a result of measures taken to help flatten the curve. A small group of tribal citizens and staff set up shop on May 5th at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall to begin sewing homemade masks. The supplies were purchased and donated by Tlingit & Haida’s 477 Division and workstations were carefully set up with adequate separation for physical distancing and individual supplies of gloves, hand sanitizer and face coverings.

Busy hands are happy hands, but it’s especially true if you’re staying busy for a good cause and you know your work is going to help our people. With sewing machines buzzing and “Oldies but Goodies” playing in the background, the small group set to task to begin production of homemade masks ( click here to see a short video).
The double-layered cloth masks, which feature tribal-inspired designs, will be made until all fabric and other supplies have been used and will be distributed to tribal citizens based on need.

“There’s still a lot of need for face coverings among our tribal citizens,” shared Jason Wilson, Incident Commander of Tlingit & Haida’s Tribal Emergency Operations Center. “While we’re seeing businesses begin to reopen and restrictions loosening, it’s important that we continue to stay the course and wear masks when in public, practice social distancing, and wash our hands with soap and water frequently. Alaska has been fortunate with the low caseload and relatively high recovery rate and we all need to do our part to maintain that.”
Although Tlingit & Haida is not inviting any further volunteers to sew in the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, we are inviting other volunteers to sew from home and donate to Tlingit & Haida’s stock of face masks. If you have space and a sewing machine at home and are interested in helping with the mask sewing project, please contact the 477 Division at 907.463.7332 to request supplies.
Face Coverings Do's & Don'ts
It is incredibly important to do everything we can to slow the spread of this virus. Like a seatbelt, a face covering won’t protect you and others if it’s used incorrectly. Improper use of a face covering could put you at a greater risk of becoming infected and spreading the disease to others.

Wearing a face covering should also not replace other precautions such as hand washing and social distancing.

Here are some of the do’s and don'ts of wearing face coverings.
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.