COVID-19 Press Release Oct 20, 2020


October 20, 2020


Fort Hall- the Tribal Office of Emergency Management (TOEM) officially report the weekly number of COVID-19 cases on the Fort Hall Reservation. The total number of tribal members impacted by COVID-19 is currently at 348 cases (this number includes positives and recovered) since the pandemic started in early April 2020. Of the 348 cases, 29 are currently positive and being monitored, 308 have recovered, 5 are currently hospitalized, and 6 reported deaths due to COVID-19. 

The Tribes continue to stress to please wear your face mask in all public settings, both indoors and outdoors. This definitely includes family gatherings birthday parties, cookouts, funerals. If you cannot postpone them, consider holding them outside where there are better air flow and people can stay farther apart and limit outside guests into your home. 

For Tribal employees (repeated message), including the Casino Hotel, if you are scheduled to have COVID-19 test, DO NOT return to work. Please quarantine yourself from work and family until you get your test results back and are cleared to return to work from the health official. This safeguards others from being exposed. Contact your Supervisor immediately when you schedule a test and do not return back to work. 

We stress to everyone– Stay at home if you’re sick, wash your hands, social distance by staying 6 feet apart. Both I.H.S and HRSA offer free testing on the Reservation. If you think you have been exposed or have symptoms, call the IHS hotline at 208-238-5494 (Monday-Friday 8-5PM). 

If you are contacted by a ‘Contact Tracer’, the individual will be instructed to isolate and schedule a testing immediately. If you get a message from a Contact Tracer, please return the phone call back immediately. 

COVID symptoms include a fever (temperature 100.4 or higher), cough, shortness of breath, headache, muscle and body aches, sore throat, fatigue/extreme tiredness, GI symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), and loss of taste and smell. Each of our Tribal health centers, including I.H.S, Tribal Health and HRSA have tribal contact tracers actively monitoring positive individuals. 

Join us this Friday, October 23, 2020 for a Facebook LIVE update from the Chairman, Emergency Incident Commander and a health official on a COVID-19 update. 

For any health concerns, please call Fort Hall Indian Health Service (I.H.S) at (208) 238-5494 (Monday-Friday, 8-5PM) or Community Health Center (HRSA) 208-478-3987. For tribal resources check out the Tribes COVID19 website at 


FH COVID chart: updated as of October 20, 2020 at 2:30PM