National COVID-19 Resources

Federal & National COVID-19 Resources


On Tuesday, August 15, 2023, the Washington Department of Health informed CDC of a COVID-19 outbreak possibly associated with the Muckleshoot Canoe Journey. CDC is collaborating with the Washington Department of Health and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) on this issue. We are sending this e-mail to inform Indian Country that CDC is aware of this situation and can provide assistance if needed. If your community is experiencing elevated numbers of COVID-19 cases, please reach out to the Office of Tribal Affairs and Strategic Alliances (OTASA), via email at with the subject line “PNW2023 COVID-19" for support as appropriate.Additionally, best practices and guidelines are as follows:

  • Continue to wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.
  • If you or someone you know were exposed or experience symptoms, use an at-home rapid COVID test.
  • If you or someone you know is not feeling well, whenever possible remain at home.
  • If it is not feasible for you to remain at home, please wear a mask for your safety and the safety of others.
  • Please note that a list of current CDC guidelines recommend on COVID-19 are available for you and for distribution here.

As we continue to understand the impact and magnitude of this outbreak, we are mindful of the upcoming National Tribal Opioid Summit scheduled for August 22-24 at the Tulalip Tribes. OTASA is here to offer our support and assistance in preventing further spread and to ensure this event can take place as safely as possible.Respectfully,Office of Tribal Affairs and Strategic Alliances
National Center for STLT Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

If the materials in this recommendation are not available, FDA recommends use of a dry swab in saline to collect and transport samples for molecular RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 assays. FDA believes that for saline, a sterile glass or plastic vial containing between 1mL and 3mL of phosphate buffered saline is appropriate. Specimens can be stored up to 72 hours at 4℃, or frozen for longer storage. All the products listed below do not include a swab.

  • ThermoFisher: R064430, R064432, R064434, R064436 and R064438
  • Hardy/Healthlink: D185, K248, R45 and R55
  • Edge Biologicals: T-0625 and T-0110f

The purpose of this FEMA page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. Do your part to the stop the spread of disinformation by doing 3 easy things; don’t believe the rumors, don’t pass them along and go to trusted sources of information to get the facts about the federal (COVID-19) response.