The Bois Forte Tribal Government has created this page in efforts to keep Band members and the community informed of the current status, efforts, and progress of the Bois Forte Tribal Emergency Response Committee (TERC) during the Public Health Emergency with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We continue to closely monitor the situation and review information as it comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).


What is it?

COVID-19, also known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It’s called ‘Novel’ because it is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified.


What can I do to keep myself or my family safe?

The best advice includes tips you should follow to protect yourself against any virus:
  • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water.
  • Stay home if you're sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Maintain social distancing - at least 6 feet between yourself and someone who is coughing, sneezing or who has a fever.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces often using a regular household detergent and water. This includes countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles.


The COVID-19 virus affects different people in different ways. 

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and most infected people will develop mild to moderate symptoms and recover without requiring special treatment.  People who have underlying medical conditions and those over 60 years old have a higher risk of developing severe disease and death.

Common symptoms include:

  • fever
  • tiredness
  • dry cough.

Other symptoms include:

  • shortness of breath
  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • and very few people will report diarrhea, nausea, a runny nose, or altered sense of smell or taste.

People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate and contact their medical provider for advice on testing and referral.

People with fever, cough or difficulty breathing should call their doctor and seek medical attention.




External Links:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Minnesota Department of Health




MDH Guidance on Alternative Facemasks

Alternative facemasks can be homemade facemasks, or manufactured facemasks that are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There are many versions of non-FDA regulated facemasks, and facilities should evaluate each product. Document includes links on how to make your own masks.




Caring for Someone at Home


Preparing Your Home Ready


What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019


What do I do if I think I have COVID-19?


What is the difference between QUARANTINE vs ISOLATION?


Declaration of Public Health Emergency

On Friday, March 13, 2020, The Bois Forte Tribal Council delcared a public health emergency in regards to the COVID-19 virus. CLICK TO VIEW DOCUMENT


Tips for Healthy Eating During the Stay and Home Order for Diabetics



Family Tips 1


Family Tips 2


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(This is also the packet that is being delivered to community members on Friday, March 13, 2020. CLICK TO READ FULL DOCUMENT.




Additional Information


Share the Facts about COVID-19

Share Facts About COVID-19 Infographic


Protect Yourself & Others

Protect Yourself and Others Infographic


Helping children cope with stress during the COVID-19 ( 2019-nCoV) outbreak

Help Children Cope with Stress


Children may respond to stress in different ways such
as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry or
agitated, bedwetting etc.

Respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way,
listen to their concerns and give them extra love and





Coping with stress during the COCID-19 (2019-nCoV) outbreak

Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak



It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Talking to people you trust can help. Contact your friends and family.