Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Mass coronavirus testing progresses


EAGLE PHOTO BY PATTY PEACOCK
A nurse carefully inserts a swab into Eli Padilla’s nose at the free drive-up clinic station in Dupree on Thursday, June 18. The testing event, which was opened to all residents, tribal and non-tribal members, is just one of many scheduled sites in the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s mass testing operation. (See page A14 for a schedule of testing locations and dates.)

Mass testing continued on Cheyenne River and as of Tuesday, June 23, there were six known cases of COVID-19 on the reservation. CRST Chairman Harold Frazier reported one case as recovered with five cases listed as active.

Testing in communities began in Laplant on June 16, with additional testing occurring in Iron Lightning, Thunder Butte, Dupree, Red Scaffold, Bridger, Takini and Swift Bird. More testing will occur next week

As of Tuesday, 1,557 tests were administered with 1,551 negative results.

These numbers change on a daily basis and the most up-to-date information is available on westrivereagle.com

EAGLE PHOTO BY PATTY PEACOCK
Crystal White Plume is tested for COVID-19 at the free drive-up testing station held on Main Street in Dupree on Thursday, June 18.