Weekly COVID-19 Update: June 1-5, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 update for week of June 1, 2020 

The Incident Commander works daily with the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team, and here is this week’s update:


Late Friday evening, on May 29, 2020 all Tribal Water Resources Department TWRD staff were medically cleared to return back to work today, Monday, June 1st. 

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020 the Tribal Water Resources Department was temporarily closed due to a potential COVID-19 virus exposure. All necessary precautions were taken to protect the employees and community. 

All employees were tested immediately and sent home to self-quarantine, in addition, a thorough sanitation of the water resources building was conducted prior to employee occupancy. 

“This incident was a close call but a blatant reminder that the coronavirus virus is alive and active in our community and we must not forget to let our guard down, or get too relaxed in our behavior regarding the contraction of the virus. I am grateful that none of our employees were impacted by this incident and will continue to work with the staff to provide a safe work environment.” Stated Elese Teton, Tribal Executive Director. 

The Tribes encourages everyone to wear your facemask, keep your hands washed and maintain social distancing. For more information on the Tribal COVID19 resources, click on line at www.sbtribes.com


Over the past weekend, there has been a significant increase in confirmed Covid-19 cases within our regional district, including: Bannock, Bingham, Power and Caribou. Our Region now has 43 cases with the first Covid19 death confirmed today, June 1st, in Bannock County



In addition, Tribal Office of Emergency Management is releasing a PSA this week featuring Miss Shoshone-Bannock Stormie Perdash regarding how to make a cloth facemask. Perdash has been featured in local and national media for her facemasks. The short PSA will be posted on the Tribes Facebook page and on the Tribes official You Tube channel to like & share.

The Tribes will host a Facebook live update with FHBC Chairman Tino Batt, PIO Robbie Moss and special guest Dr. Lori Snidow from I.H.S this Friday, June 5th 2020 from 12:00-1:00pm on the Tribes Facebook page, search for: Shoshone­Bannock Tribes.

The Tribes highly advise the community to keep safe and take the following Preventative Precautions:

For any health concerns, please call the Idaho COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-330-3010