FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In response to a rising number of COVID 19 cases in the local area, the Yurok Incident Command Team would like to remind everyone to remain consistent in following all personal safety recommendations.
In the last week, the number of confirmed cases increased on the neighboring Hoopa Reservation. In Humboldt County there have been 70 new cases since July 15. To date, there have been no confirmed cases on the Yurok Reservation. However, Yurok citizens living off the reservation have tested positive for the illness.
“We encourage the Tribal membership to exercise caution because of the local increase in cases,” said Angie Brown, the Yurok Tribe’s Public Health Officer. “It is extremely important for everyone to consistently practice all personal safety measures. Wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, routine hand washing and avoiding gatherings large and small are the most effective actions we can take to keep our community safe. It is also advised to forgo all visits with anyone outside of your immediate household.”
The Public Health Officer also recommended that residents, who believe they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including a fever and difficulty breathing, get tested for COVID 19. The local tribal healthcare providers, such as United Indian Health Services and K’ima:w Medical Center, are currently testing symptomatic individuals. Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity Counties are offering free tests for non symptomatic individuals. For additional information about testing in your area, please see the following links:
• https://humboldtgov.org/2787/COVID Test Registration
If you are non Tribal citizen living on the reservation and you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your primary healthcare provider to schedule a COVID-19 test.
On March 13, The Yurok Tribal Council proactively issued a state of emergency declaration to activate the Tribe’s Incident Command Team, which has been working around the clock to address the many facets of this crisis. Currently, the reservation is closed to non emergency personnel. The Yurok Tribal Council has instituted an order requiring residents to wear masks when outside of the home. Also, all tribal offices and non essential businesses are closed to the public.
Residents can find up to date information about the Tribe’s response to this crisis by visiting Yurokoes.org. Community members in need of assistance are encouraged to call the COVID 19 hotline. The hotline number is 1-888-225-8952.
The lack of confirmed cases on the reservation is a testament the Tribe’s early activation of the Incident Command Team an d the implementation of several safety orders that were put in place to minimize the spread of the virus. Yurok Reservation residents’ commitment to practicing all of the recommended personal safety strategies has also played an invaluable role