Non-critical tribal services shutdown after recent COVID spike, workers asked to report back Monday

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HOOPA VALLEY, Calif. (KIEM)-The Hoopa Office Of Emergency Services has reclassified the tribe’s status to level four or “very high risk” on their alert level system, after a recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

This week K’ima:w Medical Center’s Public Health Officer Dr. Eva Smith and the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council shutdown all non-critical tribal services, those staff members, asked to report back on Monday.

 Seven positive Covid-19 cases reported at the start of the week, moving the Hoopa community into the red tier on the Alert Level System, which triggered stay-at-home order B.

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Incident Commander Gregory Moon with the Hoopa OES Management Team says measures have been put in place to help slow the spread.

“Conditions are overwhelming level capacity and it requires we take strong measures to limit all contact,” he said.

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Police instructed, to enforce the 8 p.m. curfew, and issue citations for those who violate the order.

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The local grocery store and mini mart both considered essential will remain open, but with modified hours.

“If it’s non-essential activity here on the reservation,” Moon said.  “We’re trying to close those down so we can get a handle on the spike.”

The total case count now at 196, with 32 active cases; 164 recoveries and zero deaths or current hospitalizations.

Hoopa officials urging the community to get vaccinated.

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Section Chief Allie Hostler with the Hoopa OES Management Team says their mission is to inoculate as many people in the community as possible.

“Our goal is to get 100 primary doses completed a week and then another hundred secondary doses, in a week,” she said. 

Section Chief Allie Hostler with Hoopa OES says receiving the vaccine is a personal choice, however, those who’d like to get vaccinated can call K’ima:w Medical Center to make an appointment.

“We’re moving full steam ahead, we have another mass second dose for those who’ve already received their first dose, beginning Monday and Tuesday next week, and then the following week, Monday and Tuesday we’ll have more mass clinics,” she said.

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