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September 10, 2020Kawerak CARES Act Funds

Kawerak now has CARES Act funding to provide financial assistance to Bering Strait Region Tribal members who have lost income due to COVID-19. Funding may cover rent, utilities, housing, childcare, fuel, household supplies, hygiene supplies and more. This program can cover expenses that were incurred in the month individuals lost income due to COVID-19 from March 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021.
Not a Bering Strait Region Tribal Member, but still live in the Bering Strait and need assistance? Check out Kawerak’s AK CAN DO program.
Learn more by visiting: https://kawerak.org/supportive-services/cares-act-funding-support/ or https://kawerak.org/supportive-services/ak-can-do-covid-19-support-program/

May 8, 2020CDC Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance

Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance: CDC previously released detailed guidance on cleaning and disinfection. They have updated their resources to add new information on Cleaning and Disinfecting: Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes. The information includes advice on developing a plan, implementing, maintaining and revising a plan as well as decision trees for making a plan to clean and disinfect different types of surfaces.

Information for Critical Infrastructure Employers: CDC released new guidance on COVID-19 Critical Infrastructure Sector Response Planning. The guidance includes information on creating and updating a response plan and what to do if employees are exposed.

May 6, 2020Drive-up Tent Testing in Nome

Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC) offers expedited COVID-19 testing for people in Nome who have no symptoms of sickness. If you are symptom-free and would like to be screened, you can stop by the testing tent in front of the hospital without an appointment from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. NSHC asks people follow the current recommendations to stay six feet apart and wear facemasks to prevent any potential unwanted sharing. Watch a video about the tent opening here.

In the villages, symptom-free patients may also receive testing by calling their local clinics.

Scheduling Appointments

If you live in a village, please call your local clinic for all health concerns. If the clinic is closed, your calls will ring to the Nurse Call Line. You can also call the Nurse Call Line directly at (907) 443-6411 or (844) 586-8773 with any urgent needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you live in Nome, please call the Primary Care Clinic during business hours if you feel sick or have other health care needs at (907) 443-3333. If you have urgent healthcare concerns outside clinic hours, feel free to contact the Nurse Call Line at (907) 443-6411.

In Nome, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are directed to come in for testing, please use the hospital’s rear entrance.

April 30, 2020COVID-19 Facial Coverings and PPE

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Health and Human Services (HHS) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are supporting the distribution of cloth facial coverings for the critical infrastructure workers who are not required to use medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) for their work. If your tribe or village would like cloth facial coverings, please see the information below.

Critical infrastructure workers include: food production and distribution, energy, water and wastewater treatment, essential transportation and logistics, first responders, communications, hazardous materials management, manufacturing of medical supplies and sanitation and disinfection services.

You may request as many masks as needed, at no cost to your tribe or village. If you are interested in receiving masks, please email fema-r10-tribal@fema.dhs.gov with the following:

Tribe Name:
Amount Requested (increments of 500):
Delivery Point of Contact Name:
Delivery Point of Contact Number:
USPS Shipping Address:
Days/Hours of Operation of the address provided:

Emails with this information must be received by 7 a.m. AlaskaTime every Friday to be considered for the following Monday shipment. Emails received after that time will be included in the following weeks shipments.

April 14, 2020Alaska Marine Lines Protocol Plans

Alaska Marine Lines/Alaska Marine Trucking is preparing to begin their seasonal operations into coastal Alaska and plan to operate as close to normal as they can with the many challenges we all face during this difficult time. Alaska Marine Lines provides essential transportation to and within Alaska by water from Kaktovik to Ketchikan and serves more than 100 coastal towns and villages in the state. Many of the markets they serve have very limited transportation alternatives for their essential food and supplies. Alaska Marine Lines takes their transportation responsibilities very seriously and are doing everything within their means to assure that our people remain healthy, allowing them to continue to provide these critical services in Alaska.

Read their COVID-19 Protocol Plans here:https://beringstraits.com/alaska-marine-lines-alaska-marine-trucking-to-begin-seasonal-operations/

April 30, 2020COVID-19 Facial Coverings and PPE

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Health and Human Services (HHS) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are supporting the distribution of cloth facial coverings for the critical infrastructure workers who are not required to use medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) for their work. If your tribe or village would like cloth facial coverings, please see the information below.

Critical infrastructure workers include: food production and distribution, energy, water and wastewater treatment, essential transportation and logistics, first responders, communications, hazardous materials management, manufacturing of medical supplies and sanitation and disinfection services.

You may request as many masks as needed, at no cost to your tribe or village. If you are interested in receiving masks, please email fema-r10-tribal@fema.dhs.gov with the following:

Tribe Name:
Amount Requested (increments of 500):
Delivery Point of Contact Name:
Delivery Point of Contact Number:
USPS Shipping Address:
Days/Hours of Operation of the address provided:

Emails with this information must be received by 7 a.m. AlaskaTime every Friday to be considered for the following Monday shipment. Emails received after that time will be included in the following weeks shipments.

March 19, 2020COVID-19 Basics

Do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Even if you are young and healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk of severe illness and death for others.

March 18, 2020COVID-19 Dealing with Stress

The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about and your community stronger. You are not alone in feeling this way, many others are sharing the same feelings during this outbreak. It is important to take care of yourself and support yourself through these times.

Things you can do to support yourself:

• Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
• Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.
• Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
• Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

BSNC’s Employee Assistance Program, operated by Cigna, provides information and resources related to COVID-19. Employees or their family members may call 1-800-538-3543 or visit http://www.cignalap.com/.

If you, or someone you care about is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call:

• 911
• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
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