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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June 16, 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 resident cases of COVID-19 in Alaska is currently 676 including 12 ne w cases as of June 15, 2020. Of these cases, 73 are in Southeast Alaska (see breakdown below), 112 individuals had a recent history of travel and 564 were close contact, community or unknown. There has been a total of 429 statewide recoveries, 54 hospitalizations and 12 deaths. The total number of non-resident cases is 77.

Southeast Alaska Breakdown*:
In Southeast Alaska, there are fourteen active cases, 58 recoveries and one death.
  • Haines 1 (1 active)
  • Juneau: 37 (34 recovered, 3 active)
  • Ketchikan: 19 (16 recovered, 3 active)
  • Petersburg: 4 (3 recovered, 1 death)
  • Prince of Wales Island - Craig: 2 (2 recovered)
  • Sitka: 8 (2 recovered, 6 active)
  • Wrangell: 2 (1 recovered, 1 active)

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: 156,516
  • Total Deaths: 5,139

*Statistics reported as of 1:00 PM (PST)
on June 16, 2020.
  • Total Confirmed Cases: 26,158
  • Total Deaths: 1,221

*Statistics reported as of 11:59 PM (PST) on June 14, 2020.
United States COVID-19 Cases:
  • Total Confirmed: 2,130,569*
  • Total Recovered: 576,334*
  • Total Deaths: 116,726*
  • 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 12:33:09 PM AKDT on June 16, 2020.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Lifeline Chat
These trying times can take an emotional toll on all of us, it is important to be kind to your mind, get the proper amount of sleep and exercise, and reach out or seek help if you are feeling overwhelmed or depressed and have thoughts of suicide.

The Lifeline Chat, part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8244) is a great resource for those needing help. Lifeline Chat connects individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via online chat. Chat centers in the Lifeline network are ALL accredited by CONTACT USA. Lifeline Chat is accessible 24 hours a day and 7 days a week across the US. 
What you can expect when chatting with Lifeline:
  • You will notice a wait-time message while Lifeline connects you with a crisis counselor.
  • If there is a high volume of calls, you can always look at the “Helpful Resources” information towards the bottom of the page, or call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
  • A counselor will answer your chat.
  • A specialist will listen to you and hear how your problem is affecting you, provide support, and share resources that may be helpful.

Conversations are free and always confidential. Click the link below to seek help or learn more.

Juneau Businesses Can Now Apply for Sustainability Grants — The Business Sustainability Program authorized by the Juneau Assembly and implemented by the Juneau Economic Development Council is now open for application. ( KINY )
Alaska Reports Smallest Daily COVID Increase in Almost Two Weeks — Alaska’s COVID-19 count rose by only three new cases in a 24-hour period, though more people are hospitalized around the state with pending test results. ( Anchorage Daily News )
Model Projects 200,000 People in the US Could Die From COVID-19 by October. Why That Estimate Might be Low — A mix of early reopenings and disregard for personal safety measures have prompted researchers to increase their projections of Covid-19 deaths this summer. ( CNN )
COVID-19 Infections Rising in Washington; Health Officials Plead for Public to Wear Face Coverings — Covid-19 cases are on the  rise  in Washington, and health officials warn the risk is not over. ( Q13 Fox News )
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.