Spokane Tribe COVID Update

Below is an update for the Spokane Tribe of Indians as of June 11, 2020:
Effective Strategies and Successes
Hazard Mitigation Plan completion
Established Emergency Management Team
Collaboration with School District, BIA, SIHA and IHS
IHS Clinic Received their testing analyzer.
Community members have been helping coordinate PPE through non-profit organizations.
Tribal Council moved the Spokane Indian Reservation to Phase 2 on June 1, 2020.
Created Tribal Reopening Plan that will be implemented one phase at a time.
Tribal leadership met with epidemiologist from County/State Health Department for guidance on reopening plan.
Clinic conducting drive-through screenings every Thursday from 10:00-12:00PM.
Clinic continues to ramp up telemedicine/telehealth visits and they are going well. All providers have virtual visit appointments built into their schedules.
Clinic continues to have well elder and chronic care management appointments Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30-11:00AM.
Emergency Declaration date- March 16, 2020
Number of testing sites and testing numbers
One testing site- David C. Wynecoop Memorial Clinic (IHS), Wellpinit WA
Testing Numbers
i. Total SIR Residents Tested- 241
236- Tested at the David C. Wynecoop Clinic (IHS)
5- Tested at Other Locations
ii. Positive Tests- 5
3 Positive Test at David C Wynecoop Clinic (IHS)
2 Positive Test at other location
iii. Negative Tests- 214
211 Negative Tests at David C Wynecoop Clinic (IHS)
3 Negative Test at other locations
iv. Tests Pending Results- 22
Risks and challenges
PPE Status- Sufficient (Limited PPE)- Stopped weekly requests to SEOC and are establishing long-term supply chain for future operations
Bi-weekly meetings with Tribal leadership and Emergency Management staff
Monitoring PPE levels for first responders and front-line essential personnel
Evaluating sustainability of future phases
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 closure date with essential personnel reporting extended through May 31, 2020
ii. Tribal Enterprises following state guidelines
iii. Reservation Campgrounds & Playgrounds closed to non-tribal members until further notice
iv. Additional closures of public fishing areas with Little falls area and 2 Rivers Marian dock open to public
v. Tribe has suspended Transit services due to Stay at Home order
Concerns as we enter fire season.
Future operational plans
Continued evaluation of Tribal Needs
State and regional 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. Future resolutions will modify closure criteria
Updating Stay at Home Resolution
Signage at all Reservation Entrances to reflect Phase 2 rule changes.
Spokane Tribe Casino and Chewelah Casino now open with protective measures in place.
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