By RANDY’L TETON
EOC Public Information Officer
FORT HALL — COVID-19 cases have decreased although it doesn’t mean we are out of the safe zone.
Friday, April 23, the FDA officially lifted the “pause” on Johnson & Johnson vaccine and will continue to offer J&J at Fort Hall I.H.S and HRSA Clinic. If there are concerns, Fort Hall also offers the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine.
Numbers for this week as of April 27, at 4 p.m.: Total cases to date: 921; total active cases: 6; total currently hospitalized: 2; total recovered to date: 897; total deceased to date: 18; total vaccines given to date: 4,985.
Weekly screenings will still be available until further notice. Here are the results from this week’s screenings: Monday, April 26 – 96 were screened with 0 positives. Tuesday, April 27 - not available at time of report.
Screenings for the month of May will start an hour earlier at 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a day was added, every Thursday at the Chiefs Event Center. Check Tribes Facebook page at the end of the week for the data.
To date, the Tribes have given a total of 4,985 vaccines to the Fort Hall community. Of this number, 2,589 are fully vaccinated which provides an estimate of covering 51% of our community population. Please note, this number includes American Indians, Shoshone-Bannock Tribal members 18 plus and older, and non-tribal employees and residents that work and live in Fort Hall.
Tribal leaders and the Tribes Emergency team stress to the community to get vaccinated and save your vaccine card. You could be asked to provide the vaccine card at future events, including the upcoming concerts, Indian Relay races and Tour Rodeo.
The Tribal Health and Human Services and the Fort Hall Indian Health Service Unit have partnered together to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Native American students aged 16-18 years old. Official flyers have been posted on the Tribes Facebook page for more information.
To schedule an appointment for a vaccine call I.H.S at 208-238-5427 or Tribal Health at 208-238-5435 or HRSA at 208-478-3987.
VARIANTS IN IDAHO
Idaho now is reporting COVID variants in our state, possibly, in nearby counties. We ask the community to be safe when shopping and/or dining off the reservation, keep wearing your facemask and wash your hands. Here is the current data received from the State of Idaho website: UK 156 cases; California 45 cases; S. Africa 2 cases and New York 3 cases.
This week, the Tribes will have a Facebook Live on Thursday, April 29 at noon.
To keep updated on Fort Hall COVID19 resources, check out the Tribes COVID19 website for ongoing updates including the COVID data dashboard, facemask mandate, Tribal PSA's, Facebook live recordings, etc. http://sbtribes.com/covid-19/