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; May 13th, 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;

  • All employees were required to undergo antibody testing prior to returning to work at the office.
  • Screening employees and visitors 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)

NEW!!! Services at CAIHC will begin to re-open at the clinic slowly over a few weeks starting Monday, May 18th.

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

SERVICES BY APPOINTMENT

Services will be by appointment-only (even Urgent Care which will be by same-day appt only). 

NO VISITORS

People without scheduled patient visits or guardians/parents accompanying someone who has a visit will be the only people allowed into the clinic. (No extended family accompanying patients.)  No unnecessary congregation will be allowed in the public waiting areas.

MASKS REQUIRED

All visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times while in the clinic. Due to PPE shortages across the nation, we are encouraging you to bring your own mask/cloth face covering if possible.

Visitors will need to enter through our front main entrance where they will be screened. ALL visitors will be required to wear a mask and are asked to limit the number of guests they bring with them to necessary escorts.

Urgent Care – Available by walk-in access. Urgent Care will now be available by same day appointment only.

 

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

 

Laboratory – TCC has set up a Laboratory Blood Draw outside of the clinic, which is available via appointment only. The Laboratory will be open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm with blood draws being conducted every 30 minutes.

 

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 OR to use our Pharmacy Pick-up location outside the clinic.  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)

Some non-essential services are now available by appointment only.  Hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Call 907-452-8251 for more information.

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.

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;

  • All employees were required to undergo antibody testing prior to returning to work at the office.
  • Screening employees and visitors 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

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

How to Protect Yourself and Others

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not expect there to be one until 2021. In the meantime, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Clean and Sanitize

  • 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.
  • Don’t Touch Your Face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • 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. (Find out More)
  • Mask Up. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. (Find out more)

 

Social Distancing

Humans are the ones carrying the virus (often without realizing it), which means the virus will stop moving when WE stop moving. The goal of social distancing is to slow the virus down so that our healthcare system is not overwhelmed with too many patients. Too many patients with COVID-19 at one time could lead to unnecessary deaths that could have been prevented. This is why ‘flattening the curve’ is so important and social distancing is the only effective way to make this happen.

Here’s how to practice social distancing:

  • Avoid crowded places and non-essential gatherings
  • Avoid common greetings like handshakes
  • Limit contact with people at higher risk (elders, those in poor health)
  • Keep a distance of at least 6ft from others

 

Symptoms to Watch For

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for COVID-19 cases.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Temperature over 100 degrees
  • Shortness of breathe
  • Cough or sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny Nose
  • Changes in or loss of taste and smell

If you develop emergency warning signs, get medical attention immediately.
Emergency warning signs include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

VISIT THE CDC WEBSITE FOR DAILY UPDATES

The State of Alaska has released ten Official Health Mandates regarding COVID-19.

TCC is tracking these and their effects to our tribes and communities.

As TCC receives Mandates from our tribes we will be posting them on our Tribal Mandate Page as a reference resource to other tribes.

Visit the Tribal Mandates Page

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