COVID-19 in Indian Country
New Indian Health Service Director Roselyn Tso will begin touring several sites across Indian Country to gain a better perspective on national and regional issues affecting the tribal members served by the Indian health system.
Roselyn Tso and Xavier Becerra

The California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health have confirmed that a recent case of COVID-19 among an individual in California was caused by the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529).

“Our team members were on the front lines for us, working hard to keep us all safe, to keep the business running and to protect our guests,” said Chairperson Amanda Vance of the Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians.

“Tribal communities face grave and unjust disparities in access to many kinds of infrastructure, but the disparities in access to health care and health infrastructure are especially stark,” said Sen. Alex Padilla (D-California).

The Round Valley Indian Health Center will be utilizing nearly $1 million to support remote care in California.

"The Rolling Hills Clinic is closely monitoring the latest news to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine," the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians said of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians administered more than 900 one-dose COVID-19 vaccines during a free community clinic.
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The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians and Rolling Hills Casino & Resort are holding a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

FEMA has obligated more than $3.39 billion to states, tribes, territories and Washington, D.C., for community vaccination centers.
Los Angeles Community Vaccination Center

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits 10th Anniversary Powwow will be held virtually with a week-long celebration of events from February 2-6, 2021.

In response to the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the region, the Yurok Tribal Council voted to close the Yurok Reservation for three weeks.

Two more Yurok Reservation residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total case count to five.

The Yurok Office of Emergency Services has received confirmation of the third COVID-19 case on the Yurok Reservation in northern California.

The Yurok Office of Emergency Services and Humboldt County health representatives are currently collaborating on the implementation of a comprehensive contact tracing investigation, following the confirmation of the first two COVID-19 cases on the Yurok Reservation

Starting on September 2, 2020, the Yurok Tribe will be offering drive-through COVID-19 tests in the Redwood Hotel Casino parking lot.

Guests of Eagle Mountain Casino, owned and operated by the Tule River Tribe, can now enjoy their favorite table games and slot machines.

The Yurok Tribal Council recently approved a $2.1 million project that will significantly boost Yurok Connect’s data transmission speeds and expand its coverage to many family homes that have never had access to the internet.

As we have developed our plans for reopening San Manuel Casino, we built them with the notion that we would need to be flexible as the region and the state grapple with ongoing efforts to contain COVID-19.

The Yurok Tribal Council recently authorized the distribution of $2 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) funding to help the many Yurok business owners and entrepreneurs that have experienced devastating losses due to the global COVID-19 crisis.

On Monday, June 1, 2020, at 12 p.m., Pechanga Resort Casino, located just outside of Temecula, California, reopened to the public.