COVID-19

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation, with circumstances changing daily. Please check back regularly and we will post updated information as it becomes available. TCC is taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our employees, patients, tribes, and community.

Are you experiencing the following symptoms?
Fever, Cough Shortness of Breathe
Call the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center at 907-451-6682 ext.1

Questions?
Call the TCC COVID-19 Hotline at 907-451-6682 ext.9

For up to date information about COVID-19 in Alaska visit: Alaska DHSS COVID-19 page

You can also sign up for alerts from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Last Updated; April 1st, 2020

Tanana Chiefs Conference leadership is participating in daily calls with the incident command team, tribal leadership, and local government organization to ensure the health and safety of our community.

TCC Employee Health Monitoring

TCC has set several guidelines in place to ensure that our employees are safe and that we do not contribute to the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines include;

  • Requiring staff to work from home to do so
  • Screening employees prior to entering facilities
  • Employees working on-site must take their temperature twice daily and log that information
  • Employees must also monitor their symptoms and call TCC’s Employee Health program if symptoms develop

COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing

Drive-thru testing for COVID-19 is now available at the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center (CAIHC) in Fairbanks.

The drive-thru is available by appointment only Monday-Friday from Noon-5pm.

Testing is open only to TCC beneficiaries and VA Patient who are already establish at CAIHC.

Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center (CAIHC)

The temporary new hours for CAIHC is Monday –Sunday 8am-5pm. Please call the clinic prior to visiting at 907-451-6682 ext.1.

NO visitors are allowed at the clinic, only those who have scheduled appointments or an urgent care need. Visitors will need to enter through our front main entrance where they will be screened.

Urgent Care – Available by walk-in access

Appointments – In-Person appointment are available if absolutely necessary. Otherwise, they will be conducted via telephone or telemedicine.

Eye Clinic – Optical is closed for routine orders, adjustments and repairs. Re-orders of glasses and contact lenses may be done over the phone.  If you have an order for glasses or contacts ready for pickup, we will gladly mail them to you. If you have an eye emergency please call 907.452.8251 ext 3220 to be screened before coming into the clinic.

Immunizations – If needed, CAIHC can do adult immunizations, but they will have to be done by appointment.

Pharmacy – In an effort to limit the amount of visitors in our pharmacy – patients will have the option to have their medications mailed to them.  Learn more about requesting refilled at https://www.tananachiefs.org/pharmacys-refill-pro-guide/

Women’s Health/OB Clinic – These services will be temporarily located at the Al Ketzler Sr. Building at 201 1st Ave. Patients will be called 1-2 days prior to their appointment to ensure they are not experiencing respiratory symptoms.

Pediatrics/New Born – These services will be temporarily located at the Al Ketzler Sr. Building at 201 1st Ave. Visits will be by appointment only. This is extremely important in order to protect children from other communicable diseases during this time.

Chief Peter John Tribal Building (CPJTB)

All non-essential services at the CPJTB have been closed.  Hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Call 907-452-8251 for more information.

Behavioral Health – Behavioral Health care is open for crisis only. Patients who need to speak to someone may call 907-452-8251 ext.3800.  If this is a Behavioral Health Emergency please call 907-452-8251 ext.3800 and dial 2 to speak to a crisis intervention specialist.

For support, please review the following attachment How to Decrease Anxiety During a Pandemic.

Tribal Enrollment – Tribal enrollment is available to issue trial IDs by appointment only. For those wanting to submit an applications, please do so by mail or by e-mailing Tribal_Enrollment_Dept@tananachiefs.org

Building Access – Access is limited to TCC employees and those with pre-existing appointments. Everyone will be screen upon entering and access is limited to our North Entrance.

How to Protect Yourself and Others

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

  • Wash your hands often. Make sure to clean hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and water after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with others. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
  • Clean and disinfect. It’s important to disinfect frequently touched surfaces. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

What to do if you have symptoms

While COVID-19 can be serious, many cases appear to have mild respiratory symptoms that do not require hospitalization.

  • STAY HOME. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. DO NOT LEAVE, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR DOCTOR. Call before your get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.
  • AVOID PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. Avoid using public transportation, buses, or taxis.
  • AVOID SHARING HOUSEHOLD ITEMS. Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.
  • STAY AWAY FROM OTHERS. As much as possible, you should stay in a specific ‘sick room’ and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom if possible.
  • CLEAN AND DISINFECT. Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your ‘sick room’ and bathroom.

Preparing Your Home

  • Make sure that you have enough medication to withstand in the event COVID-19 affects wait times at the pharmacy.
  • Make sure that your family has enough food to last about 2 weeks.
  • Help each other. Check on your friends and neighbors to see how you can help one another. Ask them if they have any special needs that should be considered in a health emergency.

Coping with Stress

  • TAKE A BREAK. Take breaks from watching, reading , or listening to news stories, including social media.
  • TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol or drugs.
  • MAKE TIME TO UNWIND. Do some activities you enjoy!
  • CALL A FRIEND. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • How to decrease Anxiety during a pandemic

VISIT THE CDC WEBSITE FOR DAILY UPDATES

As TCC receives Mandates from our tribes we will be posting them here as a reference resource to other tribes.

Evansville

Ft. Yukon

Galena(Louden)

Grayling

Huslia

Kaltag

Koyukuk

Manley

Minto

Shageluk

For further reading and more resources please visit the following pages:

TCC Graphics and Posters

Please Share or print our COVID-19 Fliers to better educate and inform our communities. 

View our COVID-19 Printable Media

Activities for Kids

Local Resources

COLLEGE STUDENTS – U-HAUL is offering 1 FREE month of self-storage for College Students “Must Call the different U-Hall Dealers”

Help for kids without school lunches during the FNSBSD Extended Spring Break:

  • Salvation Army Sack lunches 12p-1p, Mar 16-20
  • Salty’s On 2nd Brown Bag Lunches Starting Mar 16
  • Food Factory Brown Bag Lunches offering Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Apple and a bag of chips.  “Must bring approved paperwork for reduced lunch”
  • The Hungry Robot Free personal chz/pep pizza.
    For kids eligible for free/reduced lunch (Must bring eligibility paperwork or app)
    “For however long spring break is extended”
    Hungry Robot is also suggesting donations for personal pan pizzas so that any child can come in, no questions asked, and get a lunch.

This list will grow as more companies climb on board and I will try and keep it updated also.

Further Reading