RAPID CITY – The Oyate Health Center is planning a mass COVID-19 testing event this Saturday in Rapid City.
In her weekly community update, Jerilyn Church, CEO of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, announced that the Oyate Health Center would be offering testing for anyone eligible to receive care from the Indian Health Service.
The event will take place from 10 AM-2 PM, Saturday June 20, 2020, at the Oyate Health Center located at 3200 Canyon Lake Drive.
All who plan to participate in the COVID-19 testing should call ahead of time to register. Those wishing to register can call Synona Drapeaux at 605-355-2422 or Cathy Johnson at 605-355-2453.
Church also announced the debut of a new Oyate Health Center website available at www.oyatehealth.com.
Her full comments are available below.
“Ȟtayétu wašté Oyate Health Center Mitákuyepi! Jerilyn LeBeau Church emaciyape ksto, Taŋyáŋ yahí.
The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board has been proactive in our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This Saturday, the Oyate Health Center will host a mass testing event that is open to anyone eligible for Indian Health Service care. To preregister and ensure your ability to get tested, please call Synona Drapeaux at 605-355-2422 or Cathy Johnson at 605-355-2453.
The virus is still present in our community. The Oyate Health Center confirmed 13 new cases of COVID-19 since last week. From June 10 through June 16, the OHC conducted 75 tests, 13 of those tests were positive. To this date, we have conducted 544 Covid-19 tests, with 114 total positives. Mass testing will help us to track the virus and protect our most vulnerable relatives.
We are also happy to announce that The Oyate Health Center’s new website is now available to the public. The site features the work of local artists Michael and Douglas Two Bulls of Rapid City. The website is symbolic of the progress we are making to improve healthcare services for our relatives living in Pennington County. The new website will provide our OHC relatives with vital and timely information and will enhance our communication with the people.
Wopila Tanka for socially distancing, wearing your masks and for being a good relative! We pray that our Oyate remains healthy and happy.
CEO Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board