RAPID CITY — The Oyate Health Center is reporting 30 new cases of COVID-19. From May 19 through May 26, the OHC conducted 128 tests, 30 of those tests were positive.
Jerilyn Church, CEO of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board updated the community Tuesday afternoon.
“Ȟtayétu wašté Oyate Health Center relatives. Jerilyn LeBeau Church emaciyape ksto, I greet you this Tuesday with good wishes for you and your family.
The Oyate Health Center has 30 new cases of COVID-19 to report. From May 19 through May 26, the OHC conducted 128 tests, 30 of those tests were positive. To this date, we have done 307 Covid-19 tests, with 61 positives. These figures reflect a 169% increase in cases in Pennington County alone in the last seven days, with the Oyate Health Center patient population representing a disproportionate number of cases.
As we enter the tourist season in our Paha Sapa, the Oyate must take every precaution to deter the spread of Covid-19. We encourage our people to shelter in place, to keep a distance of 6ft between you and others, wear a face-covering in public, and wash or sanitize your hands frequently.
We remind our relatives who need care to contact the OHC to schedule their appointments through telehealth. Our Urgent Care also remains open from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, and the Southwest Clinic is available for those who are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19.
The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board; We are Warriors Emergency Operations Center continues to provide support to our Relatives in Pennington County and our member tribes. The Oyate Health Center has assembled and distributed 1800 med-packs to our relatives. These care packets contain cough syrup, Tylenol, expectorants, hand sanitizer, and other items as available.
The We Are Warriors EOC has delivered resources to seven of our tribes in ND, SD, and NE and three local organizations that are working on COVID-19 response efforts. These resources have included 1,250 N95 respirators, 708 cloth face coverings, 1900 surgical masks, 42 cases of water, hundreds of diapers, several hundred ounces of formula, as well as food boxes families in the Rapid City area. We still welcome volunteers who want to contribute and receive training on disaster response.
We know times are hard, but we will continue to meet this challenge with our prayers, actions, and compassion.
We hope that your families remain safe and healthy.