Weekly Updates

October 1, 2020


Indian Country has a lot to deal with right now - COVID-19, wildfires, hurricanes - and most of all, and the urgent need to complete the Census as soon as possible. NCAI is doing all that can be done to advocate for an extension of the date, but we cannot count on an extension at this time. Instead, you can count on this - the best way to fight an undercount is to do everything you can to get people counted in your community. Visit www.indiancountrycounts.org to learn how you can help. 


Join the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EDT for a webinar to learn more about how their new Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan Report  can support your important work. 


NCAI's COVID-19 Response Fund

With the generous support of our donors, NCAI is providing financial relief support to tribal nations affected by COVID-19 through NCAI’s COVID-19 Response Fund for Indian Country.

If you are a tribal nation, tribal nursing home, tribal college or university or Native-serving non-profit in need, you can learn more and apply for financial relief support under the Get Involved tab. To date, we have funded a total of 41 tribal nations, 12 Native non-profits, one tribal college, and nine tribal nursing homes. 


Click here to access the updated NCAI COVID-19 Relief Application. 



New Update 10/1/2020

NCAI’s Policy Research Center has tracked publicly available data on COVID-19 cases and deaths in Indian Country during the pandemic since March 2020.

According to updates published on the Indian Health Service (IHS) coronavirus website, total COVID-19 cases and new COVID-19 cases per day continue to increase in the Indian health system. Cases also continue to increase in all IHS Areas, some more than others. The new cases per day trend also has a large increase today, and is concerning if this is a continuing trend given the recent increasing trends in many states. The virus is still out there and still very contagious. Mitigation efforts need to continue until there is an effective treatment or vaccine.

COVID-19 Data Situation Summaries will now be updated every Thursday on the Other Resources page:

·    NCAI COVID-19 Data Situation Summary (October 1, 2020)

·    NCAI COVID-19 Data Situation Summary - IHS Area Data (October 1, 2020)

·    NCAI COVID-19 Situation Summary - IHS Percent Positive Tests (September 26, 2020)