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BREAKING NEWS: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reports first case of COVID-19Free Access


The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has reported its first positive case of COVID-19. The person who is infected is currently hospitalized at the Cheyenne River Health Center (IHS) in Eagle Butte. The case is travel-related and the patient was infected when visiting Pierre, said CRST Chairman Harold Frazier.

“Avoid these hot spots,” said Chairman Frazier in a video he posted late Wednesday evening.

The tribal leader explained that the contact tracing was conducted by the CRST Command Center and tribal checkpoint.

“We would never have known where this case originated from had it not been for our command center and our checkpoints,” said Chairman Frazier before thanking all staff who have worked through this public health crisis.

With the first positive case, the chairman announced these CRST Emergency Plan Level 3 mandates that go into effect, tomorrow, April 30:

  • Curfew: 8 PM – 6 AM
  • Stay-at-home mandate
  • Mandatory closure of all daycares across Cheyenne River

Before calling for prayers, the chairman asked for everyone to stand together and to be respectful and supportive of the family.

Details about the patient were not released.

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