Today in Emergency Management, we are working on preparing for a COVID-19 quarantine facility if needed, tracking expenses for reimbursement, and developing a direct relationship with FEMA, rather than filing through the State.
Many news sites are predicting that we are at the peak of COVID-19 infections. We want to encourage you to continue taking precautions. Our Board of Directors Stay Home, Stay Safe order is still in effect. Do not visit with people who do not live in your household and limit travel to essential tasks only.
We’re often asked what individuals can do. Limiting exposure is the first step. Our doctors at the Karen I. Fryberg Health Clinic have asked us to encourage people to continue moving and to practice breathing exercises to be more resilient if we catch the virus. Practice these three to five times a day.
Diaphragmatic breathing: To feel your diaphragm, put your hand on your belly, and sniff like you’re smelling a flower. The lifting in your stomach happens when your diaphragm contracts. To perform diaphragmatic breathing, attempt to breathe deep into your belly where you felt your belly lift. See if you can breathe in for 5 seconds, and breathe out for 5 seconds.
Pursed lip breathing: Take a slow deep breath with your diaphragm as described above, half-open your lips, and slowly breathe out as if you are making a candle flicker. This will strengthen your diaphragm and breathing control, and should make breathing throughout the day easier and smoother. You have healthy breath control if you can do this for 20 seconds!
Summed breathing: Take a small breath and pause for 2 seconds, then repeat this until you are unable to inhale any more. You may exhale quickly. This will allow air to get behind any mucus blockages in your lungs, and push it out. This will reduce the risk of pneumonia or lung infections.
In addition to breathing exercises, walking 30-40 minutes, at least three times a week can improve lung health and doctors encourage us to get up and move for five to ten minutes once an hour. As always be safe and if you have any unusual symptoms (chest pain, lightheadedness, confusion, prolonged shortness of breath, or breathlessness while not doing an activity) please contact your doctor.
Stay safe and healthy and remember wash your hands!
On March 23rd, Governor Jay Inslee announced his order for Washingtonians to stay at home. The rationale was simple: by staying home the chances of spreading coronavirus is minimized and, in effect, everyone abiding would be doing their part to ‘lower the curve’. Hours later, the Tulalip Tribes issued an emergency proclamation for all citizens on the Tulalip Reservation to ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’.
“We’ve been very clear on the need for everyone to stay home. The less time we spend in public, the more lives we will save,” explained Governor Inslee. “We know [this] announcement affects millions of our livelihoods and means life will look different in Washington. But these necessary restrictions will protect us and our loved ones so that we have a livelihood to come back to.”
Fast forward two-weeks and while most Washingtonians are doing their part, some still don’t grasp the seriousness of this global pandemic. The numbers boggle the mind. As of April 1st, there have been at least 905,000 total confirmed cases in 192 countries, with the most alarming number, the death toll, continuing to rise at an exponential rate. Globally, more than 45,200 deaths are now attributed to COVID-19.
Yet, locally on the reservation it was still a common occurrence to see children, teenagers, and adults casually out and about, partaking in leisurely activities. Gathering at Mission Beach? Yup. Games of pick-up hoops at the outdoor courts? Sure. Energetic youth roaming free on the ball field and neighborhood parks? Of course.
Social disobedience is nothing new. Ask any parent and they’ll attest to the fact that once you tell a child they can’t do something, regardless of what it is, that something becomes the only thing they want to do. That is until the consequences become severe enough that it’s no longer in their best interest to be disobedient.
And no, this type of behavior isn’t only on the reservation. The entire state is witnessing social disobedience from individuals and businesses, alike.
“Since I announced the ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order for our state, we have seen social distancing and other compliance from businesses and residents across Washington for the good of the public health,” Governor Inslee recently said. “But thousands of calls are also pouring in to state and local agencies from concerned residents, with reports that some individuals and businesses are not in compliance.
“The actions of those who willfully violate this order may ultimately drag out the COVID-19 crisis even longer.”
Tulalip leadership has responded to this woeful behavior by implementing a new tribal code authorizing the enforcement of stay at home quarantine orders. To further reinforce the ‘stay home, stay healthy’ directive, all reservation parks, outdoor basketball courts, Youth Center skate park and ball field, and Mission Beach public access points have been permanently closed until further notice.
Once a welcomed sight to all, now these recreational areas are sealed off with bright yellow CAUTION tape. Impossible to miss, the message is loud and clear. Similar to the Tribe’s adult playgrounds – Tulalip Resort, Quil Ceda Casino and Bingo – the outdoor community areas are officially closed for business, pending a must needed flattening of the curve when it comes to COVID-19 cases.
“The safety of our community is of the utmost importance,” said Chairwoman Teri Gobin. “We want people to stay home. [By doing so] it is slowing the curve and lowering the number of deaths. The Board of Directors will continue to adapt and make the best decisions we can for our community and our Tribe.”
Most, if not all of us, are new to a government-imposed lockdown. Making the situation even harder, is the across-the-board unemployment that many Washington state citizens are experiencing, now.
The need for constructive methods for tackling this glaring side-effect of the Covid-19 virus outbreak is mounting, daily.
However, there is no reason to become overwhelmed, and give up. Many local resources are showing promise for all of us who are being negatively affected by quarantine.
While there are still opportunities for outdoor activities (while maintaining social distancing), a shift toward online education, as well as recreation, will be key, for staying socially-active and feeling healthy.
First, let’s go over some outdoor-related, stay-at-home activities:
Spring is upon us, after all. Though gardening and planting anything new may be challenging, with the closure of retail hardware and garden stores. Do what you can! Even a simple lawn-mowing can make you feel more vital, weather-permitting.
Taking regular walks, or riding a bike, helps keep you feeling fit, and is still absolutely permissible, under current quarantine guidelines. Just remember the “6-foot rule”, when interacting with anyone else outside your family.
Our furry friends and family members, like the family dog, can be great motivators. Dog-walking is doubly good for shaking off those Wintertime blues.
While these outdoor activities fall under the normal category for this time of year, we are fortunate to still be able to participate in them.
Some of the indoor,online-oriented adaptations of our regular day-to-day include:
Online grocery-shopping and home grocery delivery
Tulalip Wal Mart offers their food selection online, anytime. And their Grocery Delivery offers a convenient, scheduled drop-off for home delivery.
Fred Meyer delivers groceries to your door, as we, with a $9.95 delivery fee.
Amazon also offers grocery delivery. But you may need to confirm availability at checkout, due to overwhelming orders, and a need to prioritize medical supplies orders, etc…
Staying in touch with loved ones and friends, via Zoom, Marco Polo, Skype, FaceTime, etc.
It feels better to see the faces and hear the voices of those we love, even if they are in a different geographic location from us. Thankfully, all we need is an internet connection and computer, to remain social and support one another.
Most kids and teens are obviously going to be online gaming with xBox, PlayStation, and the like…..but there are also opportunities for combating boredom through:
Funbrain.com has games and reading materials for 1st thru 8th graders
Seek out local gyms and yoga studios who offer online exercise classes
Finally, on a more cultural level, there are many fulfilling Native activities, such as entertaining stories and historical info to read at www.hibulbculturalcenter.org.
Although the Tulalip Lushootseed Department is closed until March 31, you can visit their website: www.tulaliplushootseed.com or Facebook at Lushootseed Language for Lushootseed materials.
For the tactile approach to interacting with Tulalip traditions, perhaps sewing and beading while working on tribal regalia will help keep an important component of humanity and hope.
These are strange new times, with new challenges, for us all to overcome. Thankfully, we also live in times where for better or worse, we ARE a more global community. With this comes a feeling of togetherness, which can be a powerful weapon, even when we aren’t arm-in-arm, but rather connected via devices.
And don’t forget to get fresh air, every once in awhile!
Below are Marysville School District food distribution routes and times, for the Quil Ceda Tulalip area, for delivering food (breakfast and lunch) to students. Matt Remle, Marysville Pilchuck High School Native Liaison, will be on the Quil-Ceda Tulalip route. Matt and fellow volunteers delivered over 3,500 meals on Monday, March 23.
Visit www.msd25.org for more information.
Grab and go meals from the bus locations will continue to be at no cost and for all youth ages 1-18 and those enrolled in the 18-21-year program.
Quil Ceda Tulalip Area
10:12 AM MARINE DR NW @ EDWARD BEATTY RD
10:18 AM 8208 MARINE DR NW
10:19 AM MARINE DR NW @ 83RD PL NW
10:28 AM MARINE DR NW @ 115TH ST NW
10:33 AM 12015 MARINE DR NW – PORT SUSAN
10:38 AM MARINE DR NW @ 126TH ST NW
10:46 AM 135TH PL NW @ MARINE DR NW
10:50 AM 135TH PL NW @ MARINE DR NW
10:51 AM 12702 MARINE DR NW
10:52 AM 12610 MARINE DR NW
10:57 AM 12518 MARINE DR NW
10:58 AM 11710 MARINE DR NW
11:02 AM MARINE DR NW @ 115TH ST NW
11:08 AM MARINE DR NW @ TULALIP SHORES RD
11:14 AM 8226 MARINE DR NW
11:18 AM HERMOSA BEACH RD @ SHOEMAKER RD
11:25 AM HERMOSA BEACH RD@77TH PL NW
11:40 AM 77TH PL NW @ 42ND DR NW
11:44 AM 42ND DR NW @ 78TH PL NW
11:53 AM WALTER MOSES JR DR @ 28TH DR NW
12:01 PM LARRY PRICE LP RD@EZRA HATCH RD
12:18 PM 7330 LARRY PRICE LP RD
10:10 AM 140TH ST NW @ 76TH AVE NW
10:15 AM 140TH ST NW @ 63RD DR NW
10:15 AM 140TH ST NW @ 58TH AVE NW
10:20 AM 140TH ST NW @ 52ND AVE NW
10:21 AM 4500 140TH ST NW
10:28 AM 138TH ST NW@ 36TH DR NW
10:35 AM 3520 140TH ST NW
10:39 AM 140TH ST NW @ 34TH AVE NW
10:43 AM 3018 140TH ST NW
10:51 AM 12TH AVE NW @ 134TH ST NW
10:56 AM 13218 12TH AVE NW
11:01 AM 13030 12TH AVE NW
11:06 AM 12TH AVE NW @ 130TH ST NW
11:15 AM 12TH AVE NW@128TH ST NW
11:20 AM 12616 12TH AVE NW
11:24 AM 12512 12TH AVE NW
11:29 AM 908 124TH PL NW
11:33 AM 8TH DR NW @ 125TH PL NW
11:42 AM 129TH PL NW @ 8TH DR NW
11:46 AM 8TH DR NW @ 131ST ST NW
11:54 AM 131ST ST NW @ 10TH AVE NW
10:24 AM 22ND DR NE@22ND DR NE
10:29 AM 22ND DR NE @ 21ST DR NE
10:36 AM 21ST DR NE @ 67TH PL NE
10:40 AM 21ST DR NE @ STURGEON DR
10:45 AM 65TH ST NE @ 20TH DR NE
10:58 AM 20TH DR NE @ 66TH PL NE
11:05 AM 19TH DR NE@20TH DR NE
11:12 AM 19TH DR NE @ 70TH PL NE
11:22 AM 72ND ST NE@19TH AVE NE
11:31 AM 6832/6828 19TH AVE NE
11:37 AM MARINE DR NE @ 14TH AVE NE
11:38 AM 905 MARINE DR NE
11:39 AM MARINE DR NE @ 7TH AVE NE
11:45 AM MARINE DR NE @ 2ND AVE NE
11:50 AM 715 MARINE DR NW
11:51 AM 4431 PRIEST POINT DR NW
12:00 PM PRIEST POINT DR NW @ GAYS DR
12:05 PM MERIDIAN AVE N@PRIEST POINT DR NW
12:09 PM MERIDIAN AVE N @ 4425 MERIDIAN AVE N – SNUG HARBOR
12:19 PM 4425 MERIDIAN AVE N
12:25 PM 928 MARINE DR NE
12:26 PM 1118 MARINE DR NE
12:26 PM 1718 MARINE DR NE
12:27 PM MARINE DR NE @ 23RD AVE NE
10:14 AM 5710 MERIDIAN AVE N
10:19 AM 5802 MERIDIAN AVE N
10:19 AM 5933 MERIDIAN AVE N
10:24 AM 60TH ST NW@6TH AVE NW
10:25 AM 6TH AVE NW @ 57TH PL NW
10:25 AM 6TH AVE NW @ 56TH ST NW
10:26 AM 5408 6TH AVE NW
10:31 AM 5028 67TH AVE NW
10:32 AM 905 MARINE DR NW
10:37 AM MARINE DR NW @ 56TH ST NW
10:37 AM MARINE DR NW @ 62ND ST NW
10:51 AM LLOYD HATCH SR DR @ ALPHONSUS BOB LOOP D
11:01 AM TOTEM BEACH RD@70TH ST NW
11:18 AM TOTEM BEACH RD @ 28TH AVE NW
11:19 AM 6700 TOTEM BEACH RD – FITNESS CLUB
11:25 AM MISSION BEACH RD @ MISSIONS HILL RD
11:30 AM 5916 MISSION BEACH RD
11:34 AM 3213 MISSION BEACH DR
11:35 AM 3409 MISSION BEACH DR
11:42 AM MISSION BEACH DR @ 39TH DR NW
11:44 AM MISSION BEACH DR @ MISSION BEACH HTS RD
11:50 AM JOSEPH CHARLES JR LP @ JOSEPH CHARLES LP RD
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a worldwide crisis. Its rapid spread has reached Earth’s far corners and no end to the infectious pandemic is in sight. On the global level, at the time this article was written, there are 184,976 confirmed cases and 7,529 deaths reported in 159 countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Because of a general lack of testing or lack of sufficient supplies to even perform accurate testing amongst the global health community, the number of people who have contracted the virus is presumed to be much higher than the confirmed cases. The good news is that the infected mortality rate is estimated between 1% – 3.4%, and fewer than 5% of all confirmed cases are deemed critical.
People of all ages can be infected by the coronavirus. However, older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.
Typical symptoms, which develop quickly, include a high fever, dry cough, headaches, muscle aches and fatigue. In the most severe cases, breathing difficulties arise that require intensive medical care.
With the endless supply of fear and panic-inducing content produced from most mainstream 24/7 news cycles, it’s increasingly difficult to remain calm in the wake of corona chaos. Yet, it’s in these trying times that being mindful is of utmost importance. Being properly prepared and knowing what to expect can make all the difference.
One Tulalip family who recently contracted, endured and overcame the infamous virus shared their experience with Tulalip News under the condition their identities remain anonymous. We will refer to them as the Doe family; husband John, wife Jane, and their child Jaimie.
On Sunday, March 8, the family felt great. They were living out their normal weekend routines and preparing for the week ahead. Little did they know their sense of normalcy would come to a screeching halt just hours later.
Their Monday morning routine went as usual with John going to work. But as the day went along he started to feel a little warmer than normal. Around noon he received a phone call from his wife Jane who said she had a fever. Finding the timing odd, he called their child Jaimie who also admitted to running a temperature. So John went home and checked his temperature with a thermometer. It showed 101. He knew then the situation was worrisome.
“I called my primary doctor and answered a series of questions over the phone,” said John. “He recommended we call Snohomish County Health District and notify them first, then go to Everett Clinic in Smokey Pt. because they were doing COVID-19 testing.”
The family unit went to the Everett Clinic facility at 6:00p.m. where they were triaged in a large medical tent with medical personal masked up, just like a scene out of a movie. By that point, each member of the family were experiencing fever, sinus pressure and headache. They underwent testing for nearly an hour, including being tested for two of the most common strains of influenza or the flu.
“At that time, we were told they were only administering the COVID-19 test to first responders and people who’ve come into confirmed contact with the virus,” explained John. “You could say we were never officially diagnosed with it because they refused to give us the COVID test, but we tested negative for the flu and everything else. Multiple members of the medical staff told us that our symptoms lined up exactly with coronavirus and there was no need to test us because the results were obvious.
“We were told then to contact our local health precincts and let them know of our status and that we’d be self-quarantining until our fever was gone for at least 72-hours,” continued John. “Of course we wanted the confirmation test so we’d have peace of mind. But we were literally told by members of Snohomish County Health District and Everett Clinic, ‘From your symptoms it’s obvious what the results will be. There’s no need for a confirmation test. If any member of the family begins to experience breathing problem, then go to the hospital.’”
They returned home, reached out to each person’s job, Tulalip Community Health, the Board of Directors, and Tulalip Bay Fire Department to make them all aware they’d be self-quarantining. They even posted a sign in the window letting their neighbors and anyone else know of their status.
Over the next few days their symptoms continued to worsen. The fever would continually spike at 104, while a persistent dry cough made the muscle ache and headache worsen.
“The worst part by far is the fever, followed by the constant head pressure that feels like someone is literally squeezing your head,” shared the family via telephone on Day 5 of their self-quarantine.
Fortunately, the Doe family had been taking precautionary measures as early as January when the first confirmed case of COVID-19 struck Washington State. That case was in Snohomish County. It was shortly after hearing that news, John and Jane began slowly stockpiling necessities. They were pretty much set on the essentials, but found out they hadn’t exactly prepared for conditions when they came down with the sickness.
“So many people are buying supplies now to remain indoors and avoid getting COVID, but what you’ve also got to prepare for is the scenario where you and your family actually catch the virus,” advised the recovering family from their first-hand experience. “What worked best for us was Gatorade and Ibuprofen. A lot of both.”
Gatorade to replenish the body’s fluids and provide essential electrolytes being lost from a 104 degree fever, and Ibuprofen to help reduce the non-stop muscle aches and head pressure. Any kind of electrolyte beverage or on-the-shelf anti-inflammatory may be just as effective to help alleviate the signature symptoms of coronavirus. A thermometer to occasionally check on body temperature and immune boosters, like Airborne or Emergen-C, are also highly recommended.
Being in self-quarantine, they relied on a family member to complete resupply runs and door drops when needed. When they were running low on Gatorade, Ibuprofen, and any other essential items they’d simply call or text their designated support member and he’d fill their order and drop it outside their door. This system fulfilled the intended results of a self-quarantine, which is to minimize the risk of passing on an infection to anyone else.
The Doe family reported not really having much of an appetite nor any digestive issues. They went as far as finding the current toilet paper crisis pretty amusing. “We don’t understand why everyone wants to horde all the toilet paper. Or food for that matter. The priority should definitely be to have enough adequate medicine and fluids on hand,” shared the family.
By Day 7 of their self-quarantine, the family reported being fever-free. Their cough had all but subsided and only mentioned some slight chest pressure. On Day 8 they said their spirits have returned fully, the fever remains gone, and they were looking forward to resuming some semblance of normalcy. With so many businesses shut down, entire school districts closed, and large public gatherings outright prohibited for the foreseeable future, what their new normal will be is a mystery. For now, they are simply relieved to have endured a pandemic sweeping the globe and intend to share their experience to help others be prepared.