June 12, 2020
For Immediate Release -
Unified Command Center (UCC) Public Information Officer (PIO)
Lake County-CSKT Unified Command Center (UCC) – Tribal Health officials confirmed Friday that three previously presumptive positive COVID-19 cases are positive. On top of the initial three, confirmation came from Montana DPHHS of a fourth case on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
A clear line of direct transmission has been identified linking all four cases. Public Health Nurses are working with the positive patients and their close contacts to ensure that everyone is tested and quarantined. At this time, everyone who was determined a close contact to the four confirmed cases has been notified, interviewed and is undergoing testing.
Health officials are aware of a high level of concern in the community, which can drive up demands for testing. We are asking people IF they do not have symptoms to attend one of our four Mass Testing Events next week: Arlee Pow-Wow grounds on 6/17 from 10-6, SKC gym parking lot on 6/18 from 10-6, Polson High School on 6/19 from 10-6 and Elmo Pow-Wow grounds on 6/20 from 10-6.
IF people are experiencing symptoms, we ask that they contact their primary provider, St. Joseph Medical Center or St. Luke Hospital to request testing.
Since March 31, Tribal Council has suspended non-resident recreation on tribally-owned land and restricted residents of the reservation to day use recreation only. These modifications are similar to restrictions that are currently being implemented to minimize exposure and community spread of the COVID-19 virus. These measures remain in place indefinitely with on-going discussion concerning possible future changes. Non-residents of the reservation will be directed to leave the area. Tribal Game Wardens are working regular shifts and have been patrolling daily.
Our membership can also be a big help in this effort by calling to report non-emergency non-resident individuals on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The Safety of Dams Program / Natural Resources Department 24/7 dispatch call center at 406-275-2774 will receive these calls. The conflicts will be directed to the first available Tribal Game Warden to respond.
Tribal conservation permits are required when recreating on Tribal land for all non-member reservation residents 12 years of age and older. Fishing permits are also required for non-member reservation residents 14 years of age and older, both can be purchased on-line. Please visit Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website at www.fwp.mt.gov
During the Shelter in Place order, outdoor recreation is one of very few activities allowed, as long as social distancing is implemented. For more information contact the CSKT Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation & Conservation at 406-883-2888.