Third case of COVID reported, drive-through testing underway

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Another case of the novel coronavirus was confirmed on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation last Friday, June 5, bringing the total number of positive cases in Dewey and Ziebach counties to three. At least one of those patients has now fully recovered from the illness.

During his daily radio update on Friday, CRST Chairman Harold Frazier said the latest COVID-19 patient is recovering at home and doing well. He added tribal health officials were also conducting contact tracing and it was highly likely that some people who had contact with the patient prior to that person being diagnosed will be placed in quarantine as well. Frazier said the patient contracted the illness outside the reservation boundaries.

Tribal health agencies and the Indian Health Service have been establishing mass testing sites across the reservation for the past week, allowing for drive-up testing of local residents. On Tuesday, Frazier reported 827 tests had been administered with only three positive returns. The results of another 53 tests collected at a driveup testing site in Eagle Butte last week are still pending. In addition, he said there are still 1,180 test kits still available.






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