Fort Hall Reservation reports new COVID-19 cases

Pictured: Welcome to Fort Hall, Home of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes sign.(Photo: Jackie McNeel)

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Currently 11 COVID-19 positive cases, with 15 recovered and 0 deaths

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Shoshone-Bannock Tribes - Tribal Office of Emergency Management

The Tribal Office of Emergency Management (TOEM) officially reports that the Fort Hall Reservation currently has 11 COVID-19 positive cases, with 15 recovered and 0 deaths, this brings a total of having 26 COVID-19 patients since the pandemic started.

Of the 26 tribal patients, 25 were identified as on-reservation residents and 1 off-reservation resident. Tribal Contact Tracers are notified immediately and maintain constant contact with the positive cases. Each of our Tribal health centers, including Fort Hall Indian Health Service, Tribal Health and Community Health Resource Center have tribal contact tracers. Most recently, the Community Health Resource Center clinic hired staff to assist with monitoring the increase of cases on the reservation as part of the Tribes Contact Tracing team.

As of July 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 71 deaths in the United States, the week before there were 464. According to the Tribes Incident Commander, Eric King, “this is a good sign even though we have seen an increase locally on our Reservation.” 

Pictured: A chart showing Shoshone-Bannock Tribes COVID-19 cases.
Pictured: A chart showing Shoshone-Bannock Tribes COVID-19 cases.(Image: Shoshone-Bannock Tribes - Tribal Office of Emergency Management)

Idaho data reports

9,428 total cases in Idaho / 3,022 recovered/ 6,406 active cases / 100 deaths /432 hospitalized / 137 in ICU / 91 available ICU beds /476 available ventilators / 98.94% survival rate.

King, further states, “We want to promote self-responsibility during this pandemic. There has been hundreds of PSAs nationally and locally that provide how to prevent COVID19 exposure. The Tribes Emergency team and Fort Hall Business Council have, in many ways provided this information on social media, Facebook live updates, and will continue to provide this information for the safety of our community and people.”

The Tribes plan to go live on Facebook next Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 12’noon and will have an update from Acting Chairman Kevin Callahan, Incident Commander Eric King and special guest Brent Cody to provide an update on the COVID funding community outreach. Please tune in on the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes official Facebook page. 

We encourage families to help “do your part’ by communicating with your loved ones to take action on implement good habits to prevent the spread of germs, here are some helpful tips:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay at home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  2. WEAR FACE MASKS
  3. Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing or have been in a public place (Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue). If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  4. Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  5. Clean and disinfect your home frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  6. Avoid Public Gatherings (Recommendation from CDC is 10 people or less, this includes birthday gatherings, family BBQ’s, meetings, etc.).
  7. Avoid all non-essential Travel.

For any health concerns, please call Fort Hall Indian Health Service (I.H.S) at 208-238-5400 (Monday-Friday, 8-5 p.m.) or Community Health Resource Center (HRSA) 208-478-3987. Please note there has been an increase of phone calls, so please be patient with both health facilities. For tribal resources check out the Tribes COVID19 website at www.sbtribes.com and click on COVID19. For general questions on Idaho COVID-19, call the Hotline at 1-888-330-3010.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes - Tribal Office of Emergency Management
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