Public Health Updates – Old


CRIHB activated a Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Task Force on March 2, 2020, involving staff from the CRIHB California Tribal Epidemiology Center (CTEC), Research and Public Health Department, Health Systems Development Department, and Tribal and Child Development Department. CRIHB is closely monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 infection, which is caused by the SARS CoV-2 virus. COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath and more rarely, a severe respiratory illness requiring hospitalization. Please seek medical attention if you develop these symptoms, especially if you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with a COVID-19 infection. Please periodically check the CRIHB or the California Department of Public Health webpage to stay informed on the most current guidance. CRIHB is actively working with public health officials to keep our Tribal communities safe and informed.


Over the last few weeks, CRIHB leadership has participated in a series of COVID-19 stakeholder meetings and planning sessions at the county, state, and national level.  Below are some key highlights of information shared in these meetings:

  • CRIHB Task Force representatives are participating on calls with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO), California Office of Emergency Preparedness (Cal-OES), Indian Health Service, Tribal Epidemiology Centers, National Indian Health Board, Clinicians Outreach, and Communication Activity (CDC).
  • A rapid assessment conducted by the CRIHB COVID-19 Task Force with Tribal Communities in California indicated:
    • Tribal Health Programs have indicated that there are backlogs in supply chains, including hand sanitizers, disinfectant and cleaning supplies, masks, and gloves through McKesson and other established suppliers.
    • Tribal Health Programs have requested guidance for managing patients that could be potentially house quarantined in rural and urban area, particularly coordination of meals, delivery of medications, and waste management.
    • Tribal Health Programs are asking for guidance as to whether they should activate their Emergency Operation Procedures (EOPs).
    • We are asking if Tribal Health Programs have an appointed Incident Commander.
    • Child care needs could be a challenge for Tribal Health Program staff and there is a need to have a continuity of operations plan (COOP) on hand.
    • There is potential for prolonged school closures, and this could have an impact on Tribal Health Program staff.
    • Need to take into consideration places where Elders congregate and identify alternate options for services offered to Elders should the facility need to close for disinfection.
    • Tribal Health Programs are working on their continuity of operations (COOP) plans.
    • Tribal Health Programs are requesting assistance with COVID-19 educational materials and Facebook postings.  Marketing materials are being developed by the CRIHB COVID-19 Task Force.
    • Tribes are seeking guidance from IHS for casinos and other enterprises with potential for prolonged exposure to COVID-19.

California Tribal Epidemiology Center's (CTEC) Situational Reports

Tribal Resources

For more information, contact:

Vanesscia Cresci
Research and Public Health Department Director
[email protected]

Rosario Arreola Pro
Health Systems Development Department Director
[email protected]