By RANDY’L TETON
Tribal EOC PIO
FORT HALL — Vaccinations are on the climb and COVID-19 cases are decreasing on the Fort Hall Reservation, good job Newe!
Although, please continue to be safe as the virus is still active and contagious within our community, continue to wear your face mask, keep your hands washed and keep your home sanitized.
Check out the Tribe's new ‘COVID19 Dashboard’ on the Tribes government website, sbtribes.com for all COVID19 data including the information below.
Note: These numbers change daily. Data is reported as of February 16 at 4 p.m.
Total Cases To-Date: 851; total active cases: 8; total currently hospitalized: 0; total recovered to date: 826; total deceased to date: 17; total hospitalized to date: 75; percentage hospitalized to date: 8.8%.
Mass screening data for each testing location:
No mass screenings took place last Friday, Saturday or this past Monday (due to Tribal Leaders Holiday). Look out for next week’s mass screening updates. On average, we are seeing one positive case per day on the Fort Hall Reservation.
Vaccine update: To date the Tribes have given a total of 1,657 Moderna vaccines and 710 “booster” shots (the 2nd shot) to the Fort Hall community.
Last Thursday, February 11 the Tribes hosted a Mass Community Vaccination at the Sho-Ban Jr./Sr. High School from 4 to 7 p.m. and we had 93 attend and get vaccinated. In addition, we had 40 vaccines given at the I.H.S clinic that same day so that brings a total of 123 for the day. This breaks down to covering 15% of our Reservation population to-date. This is a high rate compared to the surrounding region and state.
Tribal Health officials are encouraging community members now is the time to get vaccinated, there are two health centers providing vaccines to the Fort Hall community — call I.H.S at 208-238-5427 or HRSA at 208-238-5435.
If you are an elder and have underlying medical conditions, you are considered to be categorized in the vulnerable population and therefore are encouraged to call and request a vaccine. Vaccines are not recommended for 18 years and younger.
According to CDC guidelines, if you have taken the vaccine and get exposed to a positive case, you will still be required to quarantine for 14 days.
If you need to contact a Tribal Contact Tracer call 208-478-3901 or 208-478-3902.
The Tribes will not have a Facebook LIVE this week, but will have one next week on February 25 at noon on the Tribes official Facebook page, search for ‘shoban tribes.’
Click on the Tribes COVID19 website for ongoing updates on the COVID dashboard, facemask mandate, Tribal PSA's, Facebook live recordings, etc. sbtribes.com/covid-19/