Updated August 20, 2020.
The COVID-19 virus is a rapidly evolving situation now affecting many communities in Alaska. The Kenaitze Tribal Council and Tribal Administration wish to assure its Tribal Members, employees and our community that the guidance and mandates of Federal, Tribal, State and public safety agencies are being followed to ensure your health and safety.
We continue to offer services to our beneficiaries at the Dena’ina Wellness Center during the COVID-19 crisis. Please contact us at 335-7500 to schedule an appointment for Primary Care, Dental, Behavioral Health and Optometry services.
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Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Watch for these symptoms:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
If you or someone in your household has any of these symptoms, please call the Dena’ina Wellness Center (DWC) at 907-335-7500 before entering DWC. Staff will work with you to decide the best course of action.
Seek medical attention immediately if you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19. Emergency warning signs include:
- Trouble breathing.
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
- New confusion or inability to arouse.
- Bluish lips or face.
- This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Take the following steps to further STOP THE SPREAD:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds and avoid touching your face. Use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol when hand washing is not possible.
- Avoid touching other people and objects as much as possible and apply disinfectant to work and play areas and clean all contact areas on a regular basis.
- Stay at home and practice social distancing which means keeping at least six (6) feet of distance to help prevent the spread of germs.
- Help regarding questions or concerns is only a phone call away. Please call the Dena’ina Wellness Center at 907-335-7500 if you have further questions.
Dena’ina Wellness Center
We continue to offer services to our beneficiaries at the Dena’ina Wellness Center during the COVID-19 crisis. Please contact us at 907-335-7500 to schedule an appointment for Primary Care, Dental, Behavioral Health and Optometry services.
- Onsite services are being limited to urgent and emergent visits.
- “Routine” visits and prescription refills for established patients are being provided through telemedicine.
- Onsite COVID-19 rapid testing is available to beneficiaries presenting with COVID-19 related symptoms and as requested by providers.
Dental and Optometry
- Routine and emergent services are available onsite by appointment.
- Optometry services for contact lens and prescription glasses for established patients are being provided telephonically.
- Services including group meetings are currently being provided through telemedicine.
- An onsite clinician is available to provide urgent services at the request of Primary Care.
- Services are available through a referral from Primary Care.
- Services including the use of the gym are suspended until further notice.
- The greenhouse is closed to the public. The greenhouse coordinator is distributing produce from this season’s harvest to Tyotkas Elder Center for use in Elder meals.
Tyotkas Elder Center
Tyotkas Elders’ Center is closed to the public until further notice. Staff will continue to prepare meals for delivery to those on the Tyotkas Elder Center list. To make arrangements for meal delivery to Kenaitze Tribal Elders and to those on the list, or for assistance, call 907-335-7280.
Na’ini Family and Social Services
- Domestic violence and sexual assault advocates are available. For assistance, call 907-335-7628 or 907-690-2257.
- To make a report of harm to children or vulnerable adults, call 907-335-7628 or 907-690-2257.
- The food cache is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For assistance, first call 907-335-7600.
- General assistance, energy assistance, burial support and essential needs applications are available for Alaska Native and American Indian people. For assistance, call 907-335-7600.
- Family preservation services, including assistance to at-risk families are available. For assistance, call 907-335-7600.
Early Childhood Center and Yaghanen Youth Program
Face-to-face education programs have been suspended. Tribal leadership is working on educational opportunities to support distance learning.
Limited transportation services are available. For transportation services, call 907-335-7212.
The Tribe’s administration building on Willow Street is temporarily closed to the public. For assistance, call 907-335-7200.
The Tribal Council continues to monitor and address the status of the educational fishery in response to the ever-changing number of positive COVID-19 cases. For the most up-to-date information, assistance or questions regarding the educational fishery, please call 907-335-7203.
Currently, Fishery staff continue to fish the net and process the fish, as time permits, for the permittees who have scheduled the net.
Fishery staff are contacting each permittee to determine how they would like their fish processed and to arrange pick up in a timely manner.
The Tribal Court building is temporarily closed to the public. Hearings are being held telephonically. For assistance with Tribal Court, call 907-335-7233.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 home page is updated frequently with resources for individuals and the community, along with information for travelers.
- The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Coronovirus Response Hub provides resources, links to Alaska Health Mandates and case counts.
- Health Mandates Issued for the State of Alaska are updated daily.
- Coping with Stress offers Alaskans tips for well-being.