Last updated: March 7, 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.
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”)
a. Promote Telecommute - LIBC supervisors and employees should explore the possibility of working from home
b. Sick leave — Recommend LIBC allow for flexible sick leave policies to support those who become sick.
a. All LIBC travel is placed on hold, unless it is absolutely essential.
a. Visitors —“No Visitors Allowed” policy implemented during next two weeks. Will re-assess at that time.
a. All facilities will implement a single check point entry and exit for all visitors
b. Screening questions will be asked of each visitor to verify if there are any symptoms, exposure to the virus, or travel to high risk areas (see attached)