By RANDY’L TETON
EOC Public Information Officer
FORT HALL — COVID positive cases are decreasing although vaccine rates are at a stand-still.
Tribal Health facilities are seeing a low number of walk-ins for vaccinations and are urging the Fort Hall community to get vaccinated. The current vaccination rate is 47% which has been stagnant for the last three weeks. The ultimate vaccination goal is 75% for the Fort Hall community.
The Pfizer vaccine is now available to ages 12 years and older.
The Fort Hall Council are stressing the community to get vaccinated in order for tribal events to go back to somewhat normal. The Fort Hall Reservation still has a face mask mandate in place.
Our numbers for this week as of June 1 at 4 p.m.: Total cases to date: 941; total active cases: 4; total currently hospitalized: 0; total recovered to date: 916; total deceased to date: 21; total vaccines given to date: 5,392.
MASS SCREENING UPDATES
Here are the results from this week’s screenings: Monday, May 31 - No screenings due to Memorial Day Holiday. Tuesday, June 1 - 94 were screened with 0 positives!
Members of any federally recognized tribe are eligible to receive the $10 incentive card that is good for gas or food at any of our Tribal Enterprise locations (TP Gas, Trading Post, Donzia Gift Shop, Sage Hill, Bannock Peak). This incentive is only provided per weekly screening NOT daily. We thank everyone that participates in the weekly screenings to help slow the spread of the virus.
To date, the Tribes have given a total of 5,392 vaccines to the Fort Hall community.
Of this number, 2,832 are fully vaccinated which provides an estimate of covering 47% of our community population. Please note, this number includes American Indians, Shoshone-Bannock Tribal members 16 years and older, and non-tribal employees and residents that work and live in Fort Hall.
Fort Hall will be offering the Pfizer vaccine to Native American students aged 12 to 18 years old later this week. To schedule, an appointment for a vaccine call I.H.S at (208) 238-5427 or Tribal Health at (208) 238-5435. An announcement on allowing the Moderna vaccine to ages 12-17 years old should be announced as early as next month in mid-June.
The Tribes will have a Facebook Live Thursday, June 10 at noon on the Tribes Facebook page. Visit us online at www.sbtribes.com/covid-19/ or to view Fort Hall Covid dashboard, https://arcg.is/1G9HaO /