From the SHOSHONE-BANNOCK TRIBES EOC
FORT HALL — Cases are continuing to rise with an average of 5 cases are being reported daily. On Monday October 4, Health officials reported 20 positives in one day. In the last 30 days, there have been a reported 3 deaths in Fort Hall that are COVID-19 related. Prayers and condolences for those families and their loved-ones.
Health officials are continuing to inform people to take the necessary steps to keep from getting sick with COVID-19 and/or the flu. Vaccines continue to be the best tool for fighting COVID-19, the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine are both safe and can be taken together.
The Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot is available currently for those with the highest risk of serious complications of COVID-19. I.H.S will begin providing booster shots for certain populations and for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings.
The CDC recommends:
• People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings.
• People ages 18-64 years with underlying medical conditions based on their individual benefits and risks.
• People ages 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their occupational or institutional setting.
Each of these groups may receive a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech “two-dose” series.
A reminder; The Pfizer-BioNTech third “booster” vaccine, can only be given to those who received two doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This excludes Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson (J&J).
Numbers as of October 5, at 11 a.m.: Total cases to date: 1,226; total active cases: 37; total currently hospitalized: 4; total recovered to date: 1,166; total deceased to date: 27; breakthrough cases: 66 (*Breakthrough cases are when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with the coronavirus.); total vaccines given to date: 6,277; vaccines to youth ages 12 to 17 years: 443.
To date, the Tribes have given a total of 6,277 vaccines to the Fort Hall community which covers 56% of the reservation population. Of this number, 3,349 are fully vaccinated, 443 have been given to tribal youth, ages 12-17, by Fort Hall I.H.S.
$50 vaccination incentives can still be picked up at Not-tsoo Gah-nee. It is a “one-time only” for those that are fully vaccinated and have not yet received the incentive. (must show your vaccine card & Tribal ID/CIB)
There is a mask mandate for the entire Fort Hall Reservation. Wear your mask when entering any of the businesses, including getting gas, buying groceries, or playing at the casino.
The ‘Binax NOW’ Testing or community screening is still available at the I.H.S. south tent structure from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday. NO appointments are necessary. Please drive up to the registration table at the front entrance at I.H.S for a short intake and thereafter will be directed to the testing tent.
The Not-tsoo Gah-Nee IHS Clinic (I.H.S) is providing Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. I.H.S Pharmacy now has the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine back in stock. The Johnson & Johnson is a single-dose vaccine currently approved for ages 18 years and up. I.H.S offers a walk-in clinic on Monday-Wednesday, Friday 9-11 a.m., Thursday 1:30-3:30 p.m. Contact 238-5435 (THHS), 208-238-5427 (IHS Medical).
The Shoshone-Bannock Community Health Center (HRSA) offers walk-in vaccinations seven days a week, currently offering Moderna (2 dose), Pfizer (2 dose) and Johnson & Johnson (1 dose). COVID testing is available based on medical need. Call 208-478-3987 with any questions.
Transportation is available for community members who want to get COVID-19 tested. Call 208-478-4069 (Transit Dispatch)
Visit us online at www.sbtribes.com/covid-19/ to view the COVID19 data dashboard, click here: https://public.tableau.com/.../Shoshone.../C19...