IHS Acting Deputy Director Urges Indian Country to Order Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

The Indian Health Service (IHS) Acting Deputy Director, Elizabeth Fowler sent a message urging Indian Country to order their one set of four FREE at-home COVID-19 testing kits at: //www.covidtests.gov/…

NIHB Weekly COVID-19 Data Update Dashboard – January 19, 2022

Data on COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths by state and county.

USPS to Deliver Free at-Home test COVID-19 Kits

The US Postal Service (USPS) is now delivering FREE at-home rapid tests! Residential households in the U.S. can now order one set of four free at-home COVID-19 testing kits. There…

Special News for Indian Country: COVID-19 Vaccines for Native Youth

To our Partners in Tribal Health and Public Health:   As experts agree and data has shown, getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the most effective defense strategy we have against…

High Level Faith Leaders Are Urging People to Get Vaccinated

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt around the world. During the course of the pandemic American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) have experienced a disproportionate disease burden…

CDC Releases Updated Healthcare Worker Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

With the increased number of COVID-19 cases from the Omicron variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance for isolation and quarantine for healthcare workers. The…

CDC Recommends Pfizer Booster at 5 Months, Additional Primary Dose for Certain Immunocompromised Native Youth

On January 4, 2022, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued two COVID-19 related recommendations following actions by the Food and Drug Administration…

Special Message for Indian Country: Recommendations to Protect Tribal Communities from the New Omicron Variant During the Holidays

To our partners in Tribal health: Once again we find ourselves confronting another COVID-19 variant and much is still unknown. However, we do know the new Omicron variant has been…

NIHB Releases Video Explainer on the Vaccine Mandate for Staff of Medicare and Medicaid-certified Facilities

On November 5, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a regulation regarding vaccination requirements for staff of Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities. It aims to protect those fighting this…

New COVID-19 Variant Reported in South Africa

On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified a new COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.529 as a Variant of Concern and has named it Omicron. This variant was first reported…

Introduction

The National Indian Health Board is leading a national effort to advocate and secure resources for Tribes to respond to COVID-19. NIHB seeks to ensure that the Tribes remain informed on COVID 19, have the resources and assistance needed to respond to the pandemic, and that the Congress and Administration understand and address Tribal needs and priorities.  NIHB also aims to create resources that will be informative and helpful to Tribes and Tribal members.  NIHB believes that this coordinated national response is part of its sacred mission to serve the Tribes and help maintain the safety and well-being of Tribal citizens.

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