Suquamish Tribe COVID-19 Testing Site: Holiday Closure Schedule

The Tribal Government offices, and therefore the Tribal Covid-19 testing site, will be closed November 26-29.

We will resume testing on Monday, November 30, from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.

The following list has numerous other testing sites that can be used.  We have called and verified the information, however, we recommend you call first.  Be sure you take your insurance cards.

Covid-19 testing information is available Monday through Friday, except for Tribal Holidays 8 am to 4:30 pm

Call:

  • Mickenzy Cordova, RN 360-394-7177
  • Barbara Hoffman, RN 360-394-8468

 

  

Immediate Clinic Poulsbo

(360) 779-7011

COVID-19 testing center

Appointment required- schedule appointment online

Referral not required

Testing for all patients

Hours: 8am-8pm

 

Franciscan Medical Clinic- Bainbridge Island

COVID-19 testing center

Appointment required- call (206) 201-0488 to schedule

Referral not required

Testing for all patients

Hours:

M-F: 7am-6:30pm, Sa-Sun: 8am-4:30pm

Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Open until noon Christmas Eve

Open until 5pm New Year’s Eve

 

The Doctors Clinic Ridgetop East

(360) 782-3400

COVID-19 testing center

Appointment not required

Referral not required

Testing people with COVID symptoms or recent/probable exposure

Hours:

M-F: 9am-7pm, Sa-Sun: 9am-5pm

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas

 

Harrison Belfair Urgent Care

(360) 277-2975

COVID-19 testing center

Appointment not required

Referral not required

Testing for all patients

Hours:

M-F: 7:30am-7:30pm, Sa-Sun 7:30am-7:30pm

Thanksgiving and Christmas: 9am-4pm

 

Kitsap County Community COVID testing sites:

Appointment required for Kitsap County community COVID testing. Register online at https://www.testdirectly.com/patient/search/provider_search

or by phone at (360) 728-2235.

 

Pendergast Regional Park-Bremerton

Appointment required

Referral not required

Testing for all patients

Hours:

Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 10am-3pm

 

Olympic College-Bremerton

Appointment required

Referral not required

Testing for all patients

Hours:

November 24, 2020

December 1, 2020

10am-3pm

 

Olympic College-Poulsbo

Appointment required

Referral not required

Testing for all patients

Hours:

November 20, 2020

December 4, 2020

10am-3pm

 

Give Thanks, Not COVID

Be a hero this holiday season, so we can all celebrate together in the seasons to come.
Suquamish Tribe Chairman Leonard Forsman, Treasurer Robin L.W. Sigo, and Councilman Sammy Mabe offer some words of encouragement as we head into this holiday season.

Suquamish Salutes Our Veterans

 

 

The Suquamish Tribe honors its Tribal veterans today and all who have served from Suquamish and beyond.

Suquamish veterans are gathering today for a physically distanced drive-in style viewing of the unveiling of the new National Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

That online presentation can also be viewed here.

Meanwhile, Suquamish Song & Dance also posted a video in tribute to veterans near and wide.

Suquamish Song & Dance — which includes Tyleeander Purser, Joey Holmes, Ryan Boure, Tina Jackson, and Kate Ahvakana — said they “raise our hands in thanks to the men and women who have served and continue to serve as the warriors who protect and sacrifice for us all. With these humble songs, we would like to honor you in a safe way with our appreciation.”

They shared two songs in the video.

Warrior Song
T’emexwtel
By James Old Coyote
“This song is the warrior song, we sing this to honor the warriors who have protected and served the Suquamish People and our nation, past and present. This song belongs to the male house post inside gʷədᶻadadalʔtxʷ.

Thank You Song
ʔəswəli –Zalmai Zahir & qʷialqʔ
By Peg Deam
“The words of this song say “thank you for the work you have done.” We sing this today to thank our veterans and raise our hands to them.”

Education Resources and Help Available

New Relief Available to Fishers hit by Tariffs

If you are a Tribal Fisher impacted by regulatory tariffs, you may qualify for potentially thousands of dollars in relief funds through the Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP).

The relief to fishers is based on seafood that has been subject to retaliatory tariffs and suffered more than $5 million in retaliatory trade damages across the United States. Eligible species are Atka mackerel, Dungeness crab, King crab, Snow crab, Southern Tanner crab, Flounder, Geoduck, Goosefish, Herring, Lobster, Pacific Cod, Pacific Ocean Perch, Pollock, Sablefish, Salmon, Sole, Squid, Tuna, and Turbot.

The relief will be calculated based on how many pounds of a specific species a fisherman caught in 2019. For example, every 1000 pounds of Dungeness Crab caught by Tribal fisher last year will fetch $470 in relief funds, says Suquamish Tribe Fisheries Administrative Program Manager Kim Kumpf.

“Some Tribal fisherman harvested nearly 20,000 lbs of crab last year, so that’ll be about $9,000 in relief funding,” says Kumpf.

Similarly, Tribal fishers will be able to claim $760 in relief for every thousand pounds of geoduck harvested last year, and $160 for every thousand pounds of salmon.

Tribal Fishers will need to complete a variety of USDA forms to claim the relief funding, says Kumpf. “This is an application for individual fishers to apply directly to the USDA. This is not through, or with, the Suquamish Tribe. This is direct from fisher to USDA,” she says.

Some quick facts about the program:

  • Relief is based on harvested pounds, not income, between Jan 1, 2019 to Dec. 1, 2019.
  • Application deadline: Dec 14, 2020
  • What will you need?
    • Fill out the complete application per directions
    • Provide copy of Fishing ID
    • Provide direct deposit or a canceled/voided check
    • Provide poundage caught per species:
      • Geoduck divers: Contact Aaron Purser (360-394-7122) at Suquamish Seafoods for your poundage totals.
      • Crab, salmon, other species fishers: Contact Kim Kumpf (360-394-8438) at Fisheries for poundage totals.
    • Provide Tax Exempt Form “IRC Section 7873.”  You can download the form here or pick one up from Aaron Purser or Kim Kumpf.

A USDA Call Center is available for fishermen who would like one-on-one support with the STRP application process. Please call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance.

To download a PDF with official instructions, along with notes from Fisheries, as well as all the forms needed to apply, click here. The individual forms can also be downloaded on the USDA website here.

Suquamish Tribe Begins Preplanning COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

A newly formed preplanning group from the Suquamish Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center gathered online this week to begin early preparations for vaccination distribution to Tribal members and staff in the coming months.

Dubbed the COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Subcommittee, the task group consists of Suquamish Tribe Acting Co-Director Jamie Gooby, EOC Manager Cherrie May, Community Health Nurse Barbara Hoffman, Tribal Attorney Melody Allen, Marion Forsman-Boushie Early Learning Center School Nurse Renee Hommel, EOC Public Information Officer Jon Anderson, and Emergency Management Consultant Eric Quitslund.

The first meeting of the planning group focused on reviewing the Tribe’s Pandemic Response Plan, getting an overview of medical countermeasures, and beginning the work of assessing vaccination priority groups.

“At this point, there are still a lot of unknowns in terms when the first vaccine will be approved, when – and in what quantities – it will be available, and how it will need to be controlled and administered,” said May. “So, this first meeting was really centered on what kind of questions we need to be asking and what potential scenarios we need to be thinking through.”

Also of paramount concern is vaccine safety.

“We will be listening to and consulting with the medical and scientific experts we know and trust,” said Gooby. “That will play a big role in which vaccine Tribal Council ultimately opts to make available and when Tribal government decides to deploy it.”

Currently, there are 11 vaccines now in the final “Phase 3” level of testing, including four underway in the United States. Phase 3 testing for each potential vaccine involves some 30,000 volunteers, who take either the candidate vaccine or a placebo, across dozens of sites around the country.

Vaccines work by training your body’s natural defenses to recognize and fight off viruses.  “If the body is exposed to those disease-causing germs later, the body is immediately ready to destroy them, preventing illness,” according to the World Health Organization.

New rules from the Food and Drug Administration issued on Oct. 6, suggest the earliest the first COVID-19 vaccine might be approved for emergency use is mid to late November, with large-scale availability ramping up over several months after approval.

Upcoming Forums for Suquamish Tribal Members

Here’s a rundown of the next online Forums scheduled for Suquamish Tribal members:

Sept. 3 – Enterprise: Suquamish Evergreen Corporation: Agate Dreams and Token

Sept. 10 – Cultural Sharing: Song and Dance

Sept. 17 – PME Casino Resort, Retail, White Horse, Kiana Lodge

 

Forum are held online every Thursday at 4:30pm. Link and login information is sent via the Tribe’s free Suquamish Updates Now (SUN) text service. Suquamish Tribe members can sign up for SUN here.

 

A Special Gift to the Class of 2020 from the Suquamish Tribal Elders

Recognizing these unprecedented times, the Suquamish Tribal Elders, in cooperation with the Suquamish Tribe Human Services Elders Program, offer this special video gift to the graduating Class of 2020.