Good afternoon, my name is Amos Pole the OES Director and Emergency manager for the Hoopa Valley Tribe and the COVID-19 response.
I would like to talk a little about what we have going on inside of the Hoopa Valley Tribe.
We have given roughly 350 food boxes out through the TANF program and the Food Distribution.
Now, through funding through the USDA we will be completing monthly food boxes for the Hoopa Community in April, May, and possibly through June.
Throughout this we plan to give out approximately 500 food boxes per month.
The boxes will be delivered at the Tsemeta Nursery, the Hoopa Fire Station, and the Hoopa Modular.
We ask that you go to the closest location to your residence inside of Hoopa.
The dates that we have planned are April 28th, 29th, and 30th which is the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week until we run out of boxes.
The times are from 12 PM to 4 PM.
The dates for May are May 26th, 27th, and 28th. June dates are still to be announced.
The flyer for these events can be obtained at our social media and website at HoopaOES.org
If you cannot make it to the distribution points and are in need of delivery then please call our hotline at (530) 625-8100 to coordinate these efforts.
This is open to all community members, not just tribal members.
The council has approved a third order which addresses facial coverings.
Which is mirroring what Humboldt County’s order is. This order makes it mandatory for facial coverings within public areas.
It enables the business to refuse service if anyone does not have facial covering.
Just to be clear, this does not mean that you have to obtain a N95 mask.
The standard is a 2-ply cloth material that is sufficient to comply with this order.
There is also a template that has been placed at the website HoopaOES.org/Safety
The order was implemented from the following guidance from the public health officials which determined facial coverings need to become mandatory when in public areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
I wanted to follow suit with the Humboldt County order for two reasons to help the community be safe from the exposure of COVID-19 and to assure the community members are aware of the Humboldt County order.
Our order is currently in effect Friday (today).
We are currently working on reducing the curfew time by two hours and will give an update once it is ready.
Police enforcement (in Hoopa) is now taking a zero-tolerance stance on the curfew and social distancing violations.
For furlough employees of the Hoopa Valley Tribe: Human Resources is offering services to assist in applying for unemployment.
Please call, (530) 625-9200 to schedule an appointment.
Lastly, I would like to touch on our estimates and timeframe for this incident.
Currently, there is no date set for closure and ending of this incident.
In order to go completely back to normal, there needs to be a treatment or a vaccine in place and time for that to be manufactured.
Our hope is that a treatment can be developed as it would be of the fastest solutions.
Because there is no treatment, we are planning on waiting for a vaccine.
A very rough estimate for the vaccine to be ready is in the middle of 2021.
Until we reach this point, we have patient and not put ourselves at risk.
Thank you for your diligence and your vigilance inside this world wide pandemic.
And be safe.