PRESS RELEASE March 13, 2020
Notice of Potential Public Exposure to COVID19Lummi Public Health Department and Whatcom County Health Department are investigating the potential exposure for Lummi Nation and Whatcom County residents. Individuals who are identified as having close contact with the known case will be communicated with directly and provided with supportive information and direction on how to protect their health and that of the wider community.
For people who were at the Silver Reef Casino buffet on March 10, 2020, and have concerns about their individual circumstances they are invited to contact the Whatcom County Public Health Department at 360-778-6100 or Lummi Public Health Department at 360-383-8251.
Last updated March 7th, 2020
BACKGROUNDThe Coronavirus (COVID-19) appears to be slowly making its way into communities across the United States. At this time, in Washington State there have been a total of 79 positive cases and 11 deaths related to the Coronavirus.The Lummi Tribal Health Clinic (LTHC) and Lummi Public Health Department have been actively preparing and monitoring for COVID-19. It appears we are reaching a point where COVID-19 will be posing a threat to the Lummi Community. The medical community is now moving from a “CONTAINMENT” strategy to a “MITIGATION” strategy as COVID-19 has now escaped into the public community of WA State.MITIGATION STRATEGY
RECOMMENDATIONS In order to reduce the overall risk that COVID-19 poses to the Lummi Community, we will focus on multipronged effort to reduce exposure and transmission of the virus within our community. Therefore, LTHC and Public Health Department are STRONGLY RECOMMENDING the following protocols or policies:
a. All LIBC sponsored Public Gatherings should be cancelled or postponed to a later date b. All Business sponsored events (Concerts, business meetings, recreation) should be cancelled to a later date
a. Begin planning for school closure if COVID-19 reaches our community (“Plan for the worse, hope for the best”)
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