December 14, 2021

On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified a new variant, B.1.1.529, as a Variant of Concern (VOC) and named it Omicron. On December 1, 2021, CDC announced that the first confirmed case of the Omicron variant had been detected in the United States.

As of December 9, 2021, 23 states have reported cases of the Omicron variant. Idaho has now confirmed the first COVID-19 Omicron variant in Ada county. The individual had traveled out of state and was fully vaccinated. The person is reported only to be suffering from mild symptoms. Health experts say the variant may be less severe than other variants, but more research is needed.

Health officials are advising the public that it is more important than ever that the public follows the following prevention methods and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Wear cloth face coverings in public spaces.
Practice social distancing (6ft).
Stay home if you are sick.
Avoid people who are sick.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cleaning, disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs using a disinfecting solution.
Get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Please tune into the Shoshone-Bannock Facebook Live at noon this Thursday, December 16, 2021, for More information on COVID-19 updates.

COVID-19 testing will continue through December. The following are the days and locations of testing sites:
Tuesday – Eagle Lodge 12–5:45 pm (Testing was closed 12/14 due to power outage, Tuesday testing will resume 12/21)
Wednesday – Buffalo Lodge 12–5:45 pm
Thursday – Shoshone-Bannock Hotel/Event Center (East Entrance) 12-5:45 pm (No testing 12/23)
Tests are available for all residents (Tribal and non-tribal) while supplies last. IHS beneficiaries must show CIB or Tribal ID to receive a $20 reimbursement (gas cards) (one per week). For questions, contact the COVID-19 Coordinator (208) 478-3921.

  • The numbers for this week as of December 14, 2021, at noon, are:
  • Total Cases To-Date 1480
  • Total Active Cases 21
  • Total Currently Hospitalized 1
  • Total Recovered to Date 1420
  • Total Deceased to Date 39
  • Total Breakthrough cases 159 *Breakthrough cases are when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with the coronavirus.
  • Total Vaccines that have been given to Date 7,559
  • Booster vaccines continue to be available for everyone.

For questions or concerns, please call the COVID-19 Hotline (208) 238-5494.

Vaccination incentives of $50.00 can still be picked up at Not-tsoo Gah-nee.
This is a “one-time-only” for those fully vaccinated and who have not yet received the incentive. (must show your vaccine card & Tribal ID/CIB)

Mandatory masks are in effect for the entire Fort Hall Reservation. Wear your mask when entering any business, including getting gas, buying groceries, or playing at the casino.

COVID-19 testing is available at the IHS south tent structure. For COVID-19 exposure or symptoms, call 208-238-5494 to schedule an appointment.

The Not-tsoo Gah-Nee (IHS) Clinic provides J&J, Moderna, and Pfizer vaccinations and boosters (ages 12+) (3rd dose). THHS offers Pediatric Pfizer walk-in clinic/scheduled: Monday-Wednesday, Friday 9–11 am, Thursday 1:30–3:30 pm Contact 208-238-5435 (THHS), 208-238-5427 (IHS Medical).

The Shoshone-Bannock Community Health Center (HRSA) offers walk-in vaccinations seven days a week, currently offering Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. COVID testing is available based on medical needs. Monoclonal antibody therapy is available by appointment. A referral is needed for individuals from their primary provider to ensure HRSA provides the appropriate service. Please call 208-478-3987 with any questions.
Transportation is available for community members who want to get COVID-19 tested. Call 208-478-4069 (Transit Dispatch)