Bringing Back Retired Annuitants during COVID-19

January 12, 2021

Earlier this year, the Office of Personnel Management approved a request to waive a section of federal law that pertains to retired workers. These new hiring waivers make it easier for the IHS to rehire health care and non-health care workers who can assist us in strengthening our collective response during the COVID-19 pandemic. Disciplines in high need include physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, physician assistants, medical laboratory scientists, behavioral health clinicians, and engineers. Re-employed annuitants will receive Civil Service Retirement System or Federal Employee Retirement System annuity, in addition to a full salary as a federal employee. Those who are interested in re-joining the IHS team to help combat COVID-19 in Indian Country can reach out to the recruiter in their specific Area of interest. Please consider sharing this opportunity with former IHS contacts who have retired.


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Hopi Tribe seeking applicants for software programming and applications support

January 8, 2020

An opportunity for young Hopi/Tewa adults, ages 18-26, in the Software Programming and applications support. We’ve had one Hopi individual complete the pilot training of this program coming from CODEFY recently, and is moving on to the internship phase. CODEFY has now partnered with the Hopi Tribe’s Department of Education to recruit a second cohort to embark on this opportunity to gain new skills or enhance skills in the technology sector. Please share with whom you feel maybe interested. Any questions, please refer to the flyer. Thank you. 
Interested applicants are urged to use the following link to apply:

Cherokee Nation Views COVID as Impetus to Increase Domestic Production

“We are also looking at COVID, not as some opportunity to exploit but an opportunity to do better in the future,” shared Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. during the Native Business Virtual Summit live broadcast.

Federal dependency has weakened Indian Country. 

“One of the things that troubled me is that the United States is the wealthiest country on the face of the Earth. And yet, last spring, somehow we were running out of masks in this country. That struck me as just abysmal, and we can’t have that,” Hoskin continued. 

“So I determined, and my deputy chief and our Tribal Council, we determined that never again will Cherokee Nation be at the mercy of the government of the United States when it comes to something as simple as PPE for our health care workers,” he stated.

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Some COVID-19 scientific articles for our Hopi Senom

December 28, 2020


With the recent rise in infection rates, we wanted to share some important articles on symptoms, transmission routes and survival of the virus on surfaces.

Please be safe and mask up.

Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

This document provides guidance on caring for patients infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have published guidelines for the clinical management of COVID-19external icon prepared by the COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel. The recommendations are based on scientific evidence and expert opinion and are regularly updated as more data become available.

For guidance related to children with COVID-19, please see the Pediatric Considerations section below.

Clinical Presentation

Incubation period

The incubation period for COVID-19 is thought to extend to 14 days, with a median time of 4-5 days from exposure to symptoms onset.(1-3) One study reported that 97.5% of people with COVID-19 who have symptoms will do so within 11.5 days of SARS-CoV-2 infection.(3)


The signs and symptoms of COVID-19 present at illness onset vary, but over the course of the disease many people with COVID-19 will experience the following:(1,4-9)

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms may differ with severity of disease. For example, shortness of breath is more commonly reported among people who are hospitalized with COVID-19 than among people with milder disease (non-hospitalized patients).(10, 11) Atypical presentations of COVID-19 occur often, and older adults and people with medical comorbidities may experience fever and respiratory symptoms later during the course of illness than people who are younger or who do not have comorbidities.(12, 13) In one study of 1,099 hospitalized patients, fever was present in only 44% at hospital admission but eventually 89% of patients had a fever sometime during hospitalization.(1) Fatigue, headache, and muscle aches (myalgia) are among the most commonly reported symptoms in people who are not hospitalized, and sore throat and nasal congestion or runny nose (rhinorrhea) also may be prominent symptoms. Many people with COVID-19 experience gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, sometimes prior to having fever and lower respiratory tract signs and symptoms.(9) Loss of smell (anosmia) or taste (ageusia) has been commonly reported, in a third of patients in one study, especially among women and younger or middle-aged patients.(14)

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