Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and Oklahoma Tribal Area Epidemiology Center are working to provide key resources to ensure relevant and reliable information is readily available to the public. Through this resource page, SPTHB and OKTEC provides a wide range of informational resources to address the even wider range of need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our mission is to provide tribes, tribal members, and tribal communities, in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas, with the resources to support health and healing during this time.

The information presented on this webpage is for people and communities seeking to further their knowledge and understanding of COVID-19, identify local resources for basic needs, educational materials and activities geared toward improving mental health, and culturally inclusive materials for holistic healing.

This resource topic is to combat stereotypes and stigma around the COVID-19 pandemic with educational and factual information. 

This resource topic is for our Youth! The following topics hone in on tone specific materials for the youth. Education, coping, fun activities, and student specific resources are all welcome.




The following information are resources with longevity (“evergreen resources”) that will remain relevant for a wide audience. These resources should include information that can be utilized nationally and across states (CDC, NIHB, UIHI, etc).

General Information:

What You Can do if You are at Higher Risk of Severe Illness from COVID-19

Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

What You Should Know About the COVID-19 To Protect Yourself and Others

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine up-to-date map (including county levels) showing demographic and hospital capacity stats including top 50 confirmed cases by county and top 20 counties by number of deaths.

When dealing with illness at a personal or public level, people need information that is easy to understand and use. Here’s a list of simple meanings to words used in relation to COVID-19. Additional terms related to COVID-19 have been added to this document. Simple Meanings of Words Used in Relation to COVID-19 (Updated)

COVID-19 Screening Tool – This resource tool and site was developed in partnership with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Apple. The screening tool can help you understand what to do next about COVID-19. It is not meant as an endorsement of any Apple products.

Dental offices should be limited to emergency visits only during this period of the pandemic. This helps staff and patients stay safe, preserve personal protective equipment and patient care supplies, and expand available health system capacity. Here is guidance on what to do if you have tooth or mouth pain and some examples of a dental emergency. Dental Patient Guidance

Helping people who need connectivity the most:

Cox is continuing to focus on its customers with the greatest need to ensure they have the tools to work and learn from home. We’ve made a number of service enhancements to keep our customers connected and support the communities we serve: 

  • Increasing customer bandwidth. We automatically upgraded residential customers in our Starter, StraightUp Internet and Connect2Compete packages to 50 Mbps speeds through May 15. Our Essential customers were upgraded from 30 Mbps to 50 Mbps, originally planned for this summer.
  • Simplifying access to low-cost service. Through May 15, we’re offering our Starter package at $19.99 with temporary boost up to 50 Mbps and no annual contract or qualifications.
  • Suspending data usage overage fees. We are also suspending data usage overage charges and implementing credits for data usage plan participants through May 15.
  • Promoting digital equity for students. We’ve increased support for Connect2Compete, our low-cost, high speed internet service for families with school-aged children who are enrolled in low-income assistance programs. The monthly service fee is $9.95, and we are offering the first two months of service free for new customers through May 15. We are fast-tracking the qualification process for Connect2Compete to accommodate more students. We’ve also partnered with PCs for People where families can purchase discounted refurbished computers.

Possible Exposure:

American Diabetes Association:

Diabetes and Coronavirus

John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Resources:

Quarantine and Isolation in a Shared Living Space

Caring for Yourself at Home

How to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

How to Care for Someone at Home

The following resources are for parents wanting general, mental health and coping, educational materials, and contacts for familial needs. This section should include both state specific and national resources.


CDC Contacts:

Inquiries about COVID-19 specifically relating to At-Risk with a cc to

Resources for providers, clinics, and organizations are targeted toward providing healthcare workers and organizations on the front lines and in tribal communities with the contacts, technical assistance, and useful resources they need to stay safe and informed.

Planning for community spread of COVID-19 is critical for maintaining healthcare services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All U.S. hospitals should be prepared for the possible arrival of patients with COVID-19. Comprehensive Hospital Preparedness Checklist for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Help for Facilities to Assess When to Discontinue Transmission-Based Precautions

Sequence for Donning Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Health Care Access resources provide essential information to the general public on how to obtain care in crisis. Topics like testing sites and telemedicine are highlighted needs, but other resources to meet health care needs will be featured here.

Oklahoma Drive-Thru Testing

Help With Insulin is Just a Phone Call Away

Delta Dental:

COVID-19 Pandemic Dental Emergency Response Program

Delta Dental Helpline Flyer

Dental Care Helpline e-card

The COVID-19 pandemic is overwhelming our communities and our nation’s health care system, including for mental health and addiction. The following resources for mental health materials are targeted for a general audience. There are specific subtopics (tribal mental health resources, substance abuse, suicide prevention, and hotlines). This should remain a general central resource for mental health preparation, coping, and care.


Tribal Resources:

Substance Abuse Disorder Resources:

Tuesdays at 12 pm MDT and Thursdays at 7 pm MDT.

Suicide Prevention:


  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline:  1-800-985-5990
  • Reachout Hotline for Mental Health & Substance Abuse: 1-800-522-9054
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor

Lines for Life:

Suicide Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Alcohol & Drug Helpline: 800-923-4357
Military Helpline: 888-457-4838
Senior Loneliness Line: 503-200-1633
Youthline: 877-968-8491

Do’s and Don’ts of Mask Wearing


Asymptomatic means you don’t show signs of being sick. Some people won’t show symptoms but still are infected with coronavirus. This is what makes the virus so easy to spread. Continue wearing masks, washing hands, and staying 6 feet apart.

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Absentee Voting:

Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from voting! Requesting an absentee ballot offers the option of voting early and from the comfort of your own home!

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Community Gatherings:

Considering attending a group gathering?
Ensure your and others’ safety by knowing risk factors of indoor and outdoor gatherings. Remember to follow simple safety measures- properly wear a mask, social distance, and follow posted precautionary signage.

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Protect Our Native Educators:

Protect our Native educators! Wear your masks properly, wash and sanitize your hands, and social distance when possible.

Home Isolation or Quarantine:

Living with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 and unsure what steps take? Consider home isolation or quarantine to keep yourself, loved ones, and community safe.

Preventing COVID-19:

You can prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your community! If you are sick or have symptoms consider staying home, separating yourself from others who don’t live with you, wash your hands often, and wear a mask in addition to social distancing.

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Elders and COVID-19:

Protect our elders during this time by doing your part! Wear a mask, wash your hands, and provide them with the support they need.

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Back to School:

Protect our Youth!
Preparing to send your child back to school? Here are some ways to keep your kids safe and healthy!

Masks and COVID-19:

Proper mask usage is important!

Here are some simple “Dos and Don’ts” of mask usage.

DO place your clean mask over your nose, mouth, and chin with sanitized hands when attending events (indoor or outdoor).

DO NOT place your mask on your neck or forehead!

The following resources are available to help you learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines that are currently available in the US, including: addressing commonly asked questions, state specific actions, and COVID-19 specific vaccine information. Please check with your tribe, tribal organization, Tribal Health Program, or Urban Indian Organization to see if they have elected to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and/or their distribution plan.

Updated Vaccine Information


COVID-19 Vaccine Facts and Information:

After Vaccination:

Communication and Campaign Resources

Tribe and State Specific COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Options

COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

An interactive map shows local health departments, tribal health centers and tribal clinics that are offering COVID-19 vaccinations. To search centers nearest to you, enter your zip code and find the pin closest to your location. These health departments, tribal health centers and clinics request that you call the number listed to schedule a test prior to your visit.

PPE Request Form

During these difficult times, SPTHB is assisting with the purchase of PPE for Tribal Organizations and those serving tribal members. For more information, please email us at or submit your online request by using the PPE Request Form below.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

An interactive map shows local health departments, tribal health centers and tribal clinics that are offering COVID-19 testing. To search centers nearest to you, enter your zip code and find the pin closest to your location. These health departments, tribal health centers and clinics request that you call the number listed to schedule a test prior to your visit.

What’s Your COVID-19 Related Request?

One of the services during this time of COVID-19 pandemic is to provide assistance to our tribal nations, to the extent that we are able, within key areas of public health practice.