Rawhide: COVID Update 4-6-2020

Washington State EOC,
Below is the daily update for the Spokane Tribe of Indians as of April 6, 2020:
Effective Strategies and Successes
Hazard Mitigation Plan completion
Established Emergency Management Team
Collaboration with School District, BIA, SIHA and IHS

Emergency Declaration date- March 16, 2020
Number of testing sites and capacity
One testing site- David C. Wynecoop Memorial Clinic (IHS), Wellpinit WA


i. # Tested- 10

ii. # Pos Tests- 1 (We have one Reservation Resident who has tested positive at a Grant County facility)

iii. # Neg Tests- 7

iv. # Tests Pending Results- 3

Risks and challenges

PPE Status- Critical (Limited PPE on hand with exhausted supply chains)-Placing weekly requests to SEOC
Daily briefs with Tribal leadership and Emergency Management staff
Monitoring PPE levels for first responders and front-line essential personnel

Evaluating sustainability of long-term shutdown
Coordinating with WA State as Sub Recipient- Tribal Council approved WA State Sub Recipient Declaration on March 26, 2020. Coordinating with WA State on Sub Recipient requirements

Enforcement of closures

i. Tribe closed with essential personnel reporting extended through April 13, 2020

ii. Tribal Enterprises following state guidelines

iii. Reservation Campgrounds & Playgrounds closed on March 23, 2020 until further notice

iv. Additional closures of public fishing areas.

v. Tribe has suspended Transit services due to Stay at Home order

Future operational plans (24, 48, and 72 hours out)
Continued evaluation of Tribal Needs
State and reginal coordination

FEMA coordination

Coordinating with WA State as Sub Recipient status Spokane Tribe establishing EOC and coordinating daily with Stevens County EOC

On April 1, 2020 Tribal Council passed Resolution 020-166 Establishing Social Distancing Requirements, Banning Social Gatherings, and Establishing Related Penalties due to COVID19 and Ongoing State of Emergency.
Posting Stay at Home Resolution Signage at all Reservation Entrances.
If you have any questions regarding this report, please contact Frank Metlow at the information provided below.

Thank You,
Frank Metlow
Planning & Economic Development Department
Spokane Tribe of Indians
Member, Tri-county Economic Development District Board of Directors
Member, Western Rural Development Center Board of Directors

Phone: (509) 458-6592
Cell: Phone: (360) 632-6613
Fax: (509) 458-6559
Email- frankm@spokanetribe.com

BLM Spokane District temporarily closes additional recreation sites

Spokane, Wash. – The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains the first priority of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our local partners and the state of Washington, the BLM is temporarily closing the following recreation sites, effective today, to help limit the spread of


  • Yakima River Canyon (Umtanum, Big Pines, Lmuma, and Roza)
  • Liberty
  • Chopaka Lake
  • Palmer Mountain/Washburn Lake
  • Rock Creek
  • Twin Lakes
  • Coffeepot Lake
  • Lakeview Ranch
  • Pacific Lake
  • Patos Island
  • Blind Island
  • Posey Island

The BLM encourages responsible, local recreation to avoid putting strain on other communities. Visitors are encouraged to practice Leave No Trace principles. Please bring your own sanitary products, including toilet paper and hand sanitizer, and pack out all trash.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub- surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

Many BLM-managed trails and open spaces not listed can be visited by those who live close enough that a trip does not involve non-essential travel. All restrooms are locked and services are temporarily suspended. If you have questions regarding a BLM location, please call (509)-536-1200.
These closures are pursuant to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): 43 CFR § 8364.1,
43 CFR §9268.3(d)(1), and 43 CFR § 8365.1-4.

Rawhide: Clinic Update

David C Wynecoop Memorial Clinic

As of April 4, 2020 the CDC​ recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. In response, the David C. Wynecoop Memorial Clinic will require all patients and visitors to wear a face mask when inside the building. To help our clinic preserve as many masks as possible, please bring your own face mask to the clinic if you have one. If you do not have one, one will be provided for you before you enter the building.

In the following video, Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, U.S. Surgeon General, provides recommendations on how to create your own re-usable cloth mask:

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Midnite Mine clean up

Midnite Mine Community Liaison

The Midnite Mine Community Liaison provides information to the community on the Midnite Mine Remediation project, organizes community meetings, and forward any concerns regarding the Midnite Mine to the appropriate entity. The Community Liaison works with the Spokane Tribe, the US Environmental Agency (EPA) and Newmont to gather information and to relay that information on to the Spokane Tribal Community. The Liaison also works with Newmont to manage the complaint and grievance mechanism for Spokane Tribal Community Members.

Contact Information
Ricky Sherwood