After 13 day streak one new COVID case on reservation, Air Quality from Red Salmon also a concern


HOOPA VALLEY, Calif. (KIEM)-After a thirteen day streak of no new COVID-19 cases on the Hoopa Indian Reservation – the Hoopa Office of Emergency Services reported this week one new COVID-19 case bringing their total confirmed case to 53.

One case remains active with 52 recoveries and 0 deaths.

These numbers are the latest results from K’ima:W Medical Center -as they continue to release their own daily updated COVID stats.

The Hoopa community also have to contend with smoke from the Red Salmon Complex Fire.

Safety Officer Abe Camez with the COVID -19 Management Team says, some groups should stay inside.

“The air quality index is forecasted to be unhealthy which means that people in within those sensitive groups should avoid all outside physical activity,” he said.

Air purifiers are available only to K’ima:w Medical Center patients currently registered with K’ima:w and must live within the Hoopa Valley service region.

Only one device will be issued per family, every four years, and each person will be responsible for the upkeep of the machine. Those interested in can call (530) 625-8117 for availability.

Hoopa OES want to remind community members Hoopa remains under two emergency declarations – and is still under an active shelter-in-place order.

There are no evacuation orders for the Hoopa Indian Reservation at this time.  

Hoopa Fire Chief & Incident Commander Gregory Moon says, the reservation is not out of the woods yet.

“Our main concern right now is the spot at the 10N20,” said Moon. “We’re trying to bolster that but with fires elsewhere in California and the United States it’s difficult it’s difficult to get resources.”

The best way to reach Hoopa Office of Emergency Services with questions, concerns or for those in need of assistance can call the Hoopa hotline at (707) 630-7371