COVID-19 in Indian Country
In response to the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the region, the Yurok Tribal Council voted to close the Yurok Reservation for three weeks.

Two more Yurok Reservation residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total case count to five.

The Yurok Office of Emergency Services has received confirmation of the third COVID-19 case on the Yurok Reservation in northern California.

The Yurok Office of Emergency Services and Humboldt County health representatives are currently collaborating on the implementation of a comprehensive contact tracing investigation, following the confirmation of the first two COVID-19 cases on the Yurok Reservation

Starting on September 2, 2020, the Yurok Tribe will be offering drive-through COVID-19 tests in the Redwood Hotel Casino parking lot.

The Yurok Tribal Council recently approved a $2.1 million project that will significantly boost Yurok Connect’s data transmission speeds and expand its coverage to many family homes that have never had access to the internet.

The Yurok Tribal Council recently authorized the distribution of $2 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) funding to help the many Yurok business owners and entrepreneurs that have experienced devastating losses due to the global COVID-19 crisis.

The Log Cabin Diner discontinued its dine-in service after receiving letters from the Yurok Tribe and the county ordering the business to immediately address the public health concern.

The Yurok Tribal Police Department, in coordination with the Yurok Tribe’s Incident Command team and Public Health Officer, delivered a cease and desist letter advising the owners of the Log Cabin Diner to immediately discontinue a dine-in service.

At a special meeting on May 2, 2020, the Yurok Tribal Council engaged in a detailed dialogue about a local restaurant that opened its doors to sit-down customers.

The plaintiffs in Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Mnuchin have filed a motion for a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction and emergency writ of mandamus.

As part of a coordinated effort to protect local residents from the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Yurok Tribal Council voted to close the Yurok Reservation to non-essential personnel. 

Yurok Tribe Implements Closure on Tribal Lands March 23, 2020 Effective immediately, all Yurok Tribal lands, parks, preserves, beaches and boat launches, including all camping and overnight stays, are closed to NON-residents. By eliminating additional visitors, we are limiting the exposure to our Tribal members and community. This decision has been made due to the […]

Joseph L. James-Yurok Tribe Chairman, Address to Membership, employees and community regarding the current COVID-19 Pandemic. Chairman James declared a state of Emergency on March 13, 2020. The Yurok Tribe has since then established a Pandemic Task Force to work together and respond appropriately to the current COVID-19 Pandemic.