FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: March 13, 2020
Contact: Briannon Fraley, (707) 487-9255 x 1125
THE TOLOWA DEE-NI’ NATION IS TAKING STEPS TO PREVENT COVID-19 TRANSMISSION IN THE REGION
Smith River, CA — In response to the global COVID-19 (Corona) pandemic, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation (Nation) is proactively taking precautionary steps to protect its employees and the community it serves.
Out of an abundance of caution, we are implementing several measures to ensure the safety of our staff and the community,” said Denise Richards-Padgette, the Chairperson of the Tolowa Dee-nil Nation. “Even though there have been no confirmed, COVID-19 cases in our area, this coordinated effort will continue until the public health risk is resolved.”
While the Tribal government will remain open during normal business hours, all large meetings and social events have been rescheduled. Most notably, the Nation moved its Annual General Membership Meeting from Saturday, March 21, 2020 to Saturday, April 4, 2020.
In addition to delaying large gatherings, the Nation is implementing the following actions to minimize the potential for a COVID-19 outbreak in Del Norte and Curry Counties:
• Work travel is prohibited for all Tribal employees
• All social gatherings are postponed until further notice
• Increased cleaning and disinfection is occurring at all tribal facilities
• All Tribal Committee meetings are postponed until further notice
• All employees are required to practice relevant precautionary protocols
The measures the Nation is implementing are consistent with recommendations from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Del Norte County, the location of the Nation’s headquarters. To prevent the virus from becoming established in the region, public health officials are asking the community to take specific precautions limiting the possibility of individuals’ contracting the disease.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following precautionary measures:
• Frequently wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
• Stay home if you are sick
• Disinfect commonly used surfaces, such as doorknobs, countertops and light switches
• Avoid contact with people who are sick