One of the tiny homes located at Drinks Estates for COVID-19 isolation.
By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Land Use Department has turned over keys to eight tiny homes located at the Drinks Estate to Tribal Health and Human Services intended to be used for those in COVID-19 isolation.
Land Use Director Travis Stone said the one bedroom units located off Reservation and Laughran Roads are fully furnished with a kitchenette, small living space and a bathroom. The tiny home is intended for one person or a couple but would be cramped. The units also have internet access, pots and pans, a recliner, bed, night stands and lights. Contact tracers will provide bedding to those housed in the units.
The homes were funded under the CARES Act money the Tribes received. They are 221 square feet and Stone said each unit fully furnished was $47,005 plus $10,046 for the site prep for all eight units.
The units are temporary and can be moved once the pandemic is over. The homes were built by Tiny Idahomes located in Boise, Stone said and Tribal Construction Services did the finishing work.
He said the Drinks Estate was intended for homesites because all of the water and sewer hookups are in place.
When the pandemic is over, it will be up to the Fort Hall Business Council regarding the use of the homes.
By RANDY’L TETON
EOC Public Information Officer
FORT HALL — Please be safe Fort Hall —the virus is contagious and still within our community, please wear your face mask, keep your hands washed and keep your home sanitized.
Even though the State of Idaho has decreased on safety measures, the Tribes is maintaining a strict stance on no large gatherings.
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 9 at 4 p.m.
Total Cases To-Date: 846; total active cases: 13; total currently hospitalized: 2; total recovered to date: 816; total deceased to date: 17; total hospitalized to date: 74 and percentage hospitalized to date: 8.7%.
Mass screening data for each testing location:
Monday, February 8 – 221 tests / 1 positive; Tuesday, February 9 – 228 tests / 3 positives.
On average, we are seeing 2 positive cases per day on the Fort Hall Reservation.
Vaccine update: To date the Tribes have given a total of 1,360 Moderna vaccines and 558 “booster” shots (the 2nd shot) to the Fort Hall community. This breaks down to covering 13% of our Reservation population to-date. This is a high rate compared to the surrounding region and state.
To schedule a vaccine, call 208-238-5427 or 208-238-5435 (open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 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 be going LIVE on Facebook for a COVID update this Thursday, February 11 at noon on the Tribes Facebook page (shoban tribes), please plan to tune in for updates.
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/