Cheyenne River, Standing Rock see rise in coronavirus cases

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The total number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation jumped to six on Monday, with four of those cases active and two recovered.

Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier reported one new case on Friday, June 12, and announced two new cases on Monday, June 15. During his daily radio address on Monday, Frazier said despite the new cases of the virus the tribe’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan would remain at Level 3, which mandates closure of all day cares, a daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and a required 14-day quarantine period for residents who have been exposed or potentially exposed to COVID-19, among other restrictions.

Under the Emergency Response Plan, multiple cases of the coronavirus on the reservation call for a move to Level 4, which basically carries the same mandates as Level 3 but also activates the Cheyenne River Motel and Isabel Manor as additional quarantine sites. Level 5 of the plan would mean there are reservation-wide cases and would be initiated if community spread of the virus is detected. It would trigger restricted entry and exit of the affected community or zone, a mandatory stay-at-home order and the mandatory wearing of face masks in public.







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