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33 positive cases on CRST: Chairman Frazier’s daily noon update

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier announces the second case of coronavirus on the reservation Sunday, May 31.

Possible Direct Contact at These Businesses

If you went to any of the following businesses from July 1-5 you may have been exposed to a positive case. If so, please seek out testing. Locations: AmPride, Family Dollar, Eagle Stop, LTM, Dairy Queen, any of the fireworks stands.

New Case Count

Chairman Frazier announced today that there are 33 positive cases of COVID-19 on Cheyenne River. Six new cases were discovered yesterday and came from direct contact with a known positive who is already in quarantine. It is procedure for all direct contacts of a positive case be tested.

As of today, there have been two hospital admissions and there are six open beds in the Eagle Butte IHS hospital. There are 1,675 test kits available at this time. 

South Dakota has 94 new cases for a total of 7,336 cases, ever. Total Native in cases in South Dakota of 1,166. According to the 2010 Census Natives make up 11% of the South Dakota population. The Native infection rate is 16%, up one percent from yesterday.

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Other Notes

The Chairman encouraged everyone to follow CDC guidelines. Stay 6 feet away, wear a mask, wash your hands often. Stay away from elders and explain to younger people why it’s important to make wise decisions when we leave our home. Stay home. Stay away from large groups and use technology to stay in touch.

There are no plasma testing kits for antibody testing on the reservation at this time,

Council will not consider reservation-wide lockdown at this time. Indicators would need to be big time community spread, a number of deaths. He said they will continue to listen to the experts in making decisions and noted Oglala has lifted their lockdown at this time.

The Chairman sent a thank you out to all the checkpoint deputies and the quarantine deputies who are guarding the quarantine houses. He commented that the checkpoints are doing their job and keeping the number of infections down on the reservation.

He said, “All you need is one case. The way the tracing and tracking has gone there’s only four individuals [who were infected]. That number is very minimal. Out of those four is it spread and created 29 more cases. That’s why the border checkpoints is not the only tool we use.” He emphasized that the Tribe has a plan and things are going the way they are supposed to go and called for patience.