Tribes Take Measures to Slow Spread of Coronavirus

Dean Seneca, a member of the Seneca nation who has worked more than 18 years in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, reports that tribal epidemiology centers do not have the capacity to track the Coronavirus. In an interview with Indian Country Today, he stated, “We don’t have links with our tribal health departments and/or state health departments in order to share data or real-time incidence, prevalence and any kind of mortality data or information related to this. Our systems are just not in place in order to do good active surveillance.”

Despite these obstacles and others, Tribes are taking proactive steps to tackle Covid-19 to ensure healthier communities.

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“Everything on the Earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.”

— Mourning Dove, Okanogan First Nations
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