COVID-19 in Indian Country
Out of an abundance of caution, the Indian Health Service has paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

The Biden Administration is announcing it will invest more than $4 billion to combat COVID-19 in Indian Country.

The Indian Health Service has paused all Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine administration to review data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot.

"The Rolling Hills Clinic is closely monitoring the latest news to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine," the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians said of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Here's the latest update from the Tribal Affairs Team at the Department of Health and Human Services.

American Indians and Alaska Natives continue to be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Please join the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Indian Health Service, and the Indian Country COVID-19 Response Team for a call on February 4, 2021.

The COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act would establish a grant program to allow stakeholders to fully mobilize testing and contact tracing efforts.
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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced he tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, in a post on social media on October 2, 2020.

In 23 selected states, the cumulative incidence of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases among American Indians and Alaska Natives was 3.5 times that of non-Hispanic whites. 

The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board has been awarded a $3 million grant to assist tribal nations in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and to develop and expand emergency preparedness capacities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published notice of two funding opportunities to help Indian Country respond to the coronavirus.

As tribes look to the federal government to uphold its trust and treaty responsibilities during the worst public health crisis in decades, one important agency is receiving failing grades for its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

NCUIH has been laser focused on ensuring Tribes and urban Indian organizations are included in the response efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dear Tribal Leader,   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce that at least $40 million is available for a new non-competitive notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) to reach all Title I and Title V tribal nations with funding to respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).   The anticipated […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 14 DAYS AFTER THE SUPPLEMENTAL BILL WAS ENACTED, HHS ANNOUNCED ACTION TO DISBURSE FUNDS. Washington, DC (March 20, 2020) – On March 20, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced action to disburse of $8 million for urban Indian health for emergency response to COVID-19 as part of the first […]

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus and what to do if symptoms are present? The Fort Defiance Indian Hospital Board, Inc. translated a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention video into the Navajo language.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2020 HHS announces upcoming action to provide funding to tribes for COVID-19 response Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide $80 million in funding to tribes, tribal organizations, and Urban Indian Organizations for […]

The coronavirus continues to wreak social and economic havoc in Indian County, with more and more tribes curtailing their operations as the first cases are confirmed in their communities. Indian Country plunges into uncertainty as coronavirus reaches their communities