By Micheal Rios, Tulalip News
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to bring a screeching halt to everyday life around the globe, the Tulalip Tribes membership received a moment of relief in the form of a drive-thru style food distribution. The community-led event occurred Thursday, March 19 in the Senior Center’s parking lot.
Just days prior, Tulalip leadership made the steadfast decision to shut down nearly all tribal-owned business to minimize the impact of COVID-19. This decision included the unprecedented closing of the three flagship gaming establishments – Tulalip Resort, Quil Ceda Casino, and Bingo.
“When we made the difficult decision to shut our casinos down, we knew there would be excess produce that could be given to our tribal members and elders,” explained board of director Marlin Fryberg during the well-received food distribution. “This is a great thing we’re doing and we have to give credit to the folks who made this possible by coming together last night. They separated all the bulk foods and bagged it up so we could have this giveaway drive-thru style.”
A community of local volunteers, including the Tulalip Police Department, casino food and beverage employees, Senior Center staff, and Sacred Riders motorcycle group members, came together for the benefit of those most in need of a positive uplifting in the form of fresh produce. The volunteers broke down over 5,000 pounds of food, sorted it by type and then proceeded to spend hours bagging it up for convenient, family-sized portions.
“This event brought us together and created something positive from a dark set of circumstances,” said event co-coordinator Rochelle Lubbers. “I believe most of our membership knows how blessed and fortunate we are to be such a tight knit community, where we can share resources with those who are most in need. We are serving our community with nutritious, perishable foods that can really be used in this time of uncertainty.”
It took only a single hour to give away all 5,000 pounds of food, distributed in nearly 500 bags filled to the brim with the likes of potatoes, spring greens, carrots, zucchini, lettuce, berries, oranges, pears, and much more to our reservation families. Milk, cheese, pasta, and a variety of breads were included as well.
An additional 1,000 pounds of fresh produce was donated to the Marysville Food Bank to help replenish their low food supply.
“This donation is greatly appreciated. We really don’t know where we’re headed with need and supply, so this help tremendously,” said Marysville Food Bank director, Dell Deierling.
It is a traditional teaching to never let food go to waste. By giving away thousands of pounds of fresh produce to so many families, the hope is the food fulfilled its purpose and made for healthy snacks and meals for those most in need, on and off the reservation.
“The Tulalip Tribes knows that all members of our community and our neighboring communities are impacted during this difficult time,” stated Chairwoman Teri Gobin. “Tulalip has always taken care of our community. We will continue to do what we can, not only for our people, but also for our friends and neighbors.”
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
- 11:56 AM 6518 JOSEPHE CHARLES JR LP
- 12:05 PM 64TH ST NW @ MISSION HILL RD
- 12:08 PM MARINE DR NW @ 12TH AVE NW
- 12:14 PM 905 MARINE DR
- 12:14 PM 600 MARINE DR NW
- 12:15 PM 320 MARINE DR NW
- 12:16 PM 918 MARINE DR NE
- 12:23 PM MARINE DR NE @ 23RD AVE NE
- 10:00 AM 4TH ST @ QUINN AVE
- 10:00 AM 1926 4TH ST
- 10:04 AM 4724 64TH ST NE
- 10:12 AM 1909 3RD ST
- 10:18 AM 2ND ST @ ALDER AVE
- 10:23 AM 2ND ST @ QUINN AVE
- 10:29 AM 2ND ST @ UNION AVE
- 10:40 AM 4922 61ST ST NE
- 10:44 AM 61ST ST NE @ 51ST AVE NE
- 10:50 AM 61ST ST NE @ 52ND AVE NE
- 10:56 AM 61ST ST NE @ 54TH AVE NE
- 11:04 AM 61ST ST NE @ 54TH DR NE
- 11:09 AM 4919 61ST ST NE
- 11:12 AM 1ST ST@COLUMBIA AVE (NE CORNER)
- 11:19 AM 115 CEDAR (STOP ON 2ND 1ST BLDG ON LEFT)
- 11:05 AM 27TH AVE NE @ 81ST ST NE
- 11:15 AM MARINE DR NW @ EDWARD BEATTY RD
- 11:19 AM 7911 WATER WORKS RD
- 11:24 AM 3006 TURK DR
- 11:26 AM TURK DR @ 26TH AVE NW
- 11:30 AM 2228 TURK DR
- 11:32 AM TURK DR @ 16TH AVE NW
- 11:32 AM TURK DR@ 82ND ST NW
- 11:32 AM 8325 TURK DR
- 11:33 AM 8727 TURK DR
- 11:38 AM TURK DR @ PERCIVAL RD
- 11:38 AM TURK DR@VAN NESS
- 11:39 AM TURK DR @ PERCIVAL RD
- 11:39 AM TURK DR @ TURK RD
- 11:40 AM TURK DR@ 82ND ST NW
- 11:41 AM TURK DR@21ST AVE NW
- 11:53 AM WATER WORKS RD @ 86TH ST NW
- 11:58 AM 9131 WATER WORKS RD
- 12:01 PM 9530 WATER WORKS RD
- 12:01 PM 9430 WATER WORKS RD
- 12:03 PM ELLISON JAMES DR @ STEVE WILLIAMS DR
- 12:13 PM 36TH AVE NW@BOYS&GIRLS CLUB
- 12:24 PM 27TH AVE NE @ OLD TULALIP RD
- 12:25 PM 27TH AVE NE@SANDRA MADISON LP
- 12:25 PM 27TH AVE NE @ 81ST ST NE
- 12:25 PM 8326 27TH AVE NE
- 12:25 PM 8502 27TH AVE NE
- 12:26 PM 2909 QUILCEDA WY/ 88TH ST NE
By Kalvin Valdillez, Tulalip News
Beep. Beep. Beep. The high-pitched sound of a truck backing up echoed throughout the Tulalip TERO Vocational Training Center (TVTC) property on the morning of Thursday, March 12. The current group of enrolled TVTC students watched, with bright smiles on their faces and coffees in hand, while the first of thirteen tiny houses were lifted effortlessly onto the back of a flat-bed truck, simply by the command of a few controls that were located on the side of the vehicle.
A longtime partnership between the Tulalip Tribes, TVTC and the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), a non-profit based out of Seattle, led to the distribution of the thirteen, 120-square foot homes, which will be set up in various tiny home communities throughout the greater Seattle area. Originally making local headlines two years ago, LIHI and Tribal representatives celebrated a momentous occasion when three TVTC tiny houses were established in the Georgetown Tiny House Village to provide shelter to people without a place to call home.
But the partnership was intact years prior to the 2017 Georgetown celebration when LIHI originally commissioned tiny homes from the training center in 2015, which in turn supplied TVTC students with lumber, tools and resources to complete the 16-week hands-on construction course. TVTC is offered to tribal members from all nations and their spouses. In addition to building the tiny homes, the students earn a number of certifications by learning skills that can be applied in various well-paying fields of the construction trade including carpentry, cementing, plumbing, and electrical and mechanical work.
“Three groups of students built these,” explained TVTC Instructor Mark Newland about the thirteen tiny homes. “Typically you build four a term. It’s really gratifying, especially after you go to meetings and talk to the people, many times it’s females with young children, who have gone from living in tents to moving into one of these tiny houses where you can lock the door, have privacy, get ready for job interviews, have some security, and be able to sleep at night out of the wind, out of the cold.”
Constructing a tiny home has easily become a main attraction of the TVTC course. Seeing the fruits of their hard, manual labor put to use in a good way shows the students the real life impact their two hands can create.
Although this group of students did not construct this particular set of tiny houses, they showed a sense of pride as the first tiny home was expedited away to its new homeowners. The students exchanged sentiments along the lines of ‘that was pretty cool’, knowing that the work of previous TVTC craftsmen are aiding people in need of shelter and/or security, especially at a time when social distancing and seclusion is being stressed upon the citizens of Washington State, which includes over 20,000 people without a place of residence.
“The best thing, and the thing I am most excited about, is that these homes are going to be used right away,” Mark said. “All of the students are very proud of the tiny homes, it gives them a real sense of understanding in the importance of giving back. There’s a lot of ideas and speculation about people who are on the street, but it’s found that if they have homes first, then they can work on their other issues.”
Finishing their coffee and tightening their tool belts, the current TVTC students followed their teachers indoors for another full day of construction instruction with a refreshed and rejuvenated perspective on the effects of their new trade. Ultimately, the Tribe’s goal is to have a tiny home community at Tulalip to help Tribal individuals and families get back on their feet, with TVTC students constructing the homes for the entire project.
“This group here is currently working on a bigger model of tiny houses that are going to Sand Point, by Lake Washington,” Mark explained. “These are much larger and sophisticated modules. The next group will be the first to work on nice-sized tiny homes right here for Tulalip – and that’s what we’re really looking forward to. It’s an awesome opportunity for me to work on this project because this is where I live too. I see a lot of people that need shelter, and Tulalip is putting homes first and we’re happy to be a part of it.”
For further details regarding the TVTC program, please contact TERO at (360) 716-4747.
By Micheal Rios, Tulalip News
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.