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March 24, 2021

Memo from Tribal Council:

Council is working to protect our employees during these unprecedented times of the pandemic. Previously, we put into place Employee and Building Protocols for all CSKT employees and visitors to tribal buildings. Those policies will remain in place during working hours, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. As of Monday, March 29, there will be a small change. Those who enter Tribal buildings Friday, or outside of Mon-Thur work hours, will be on the honor system to enter through employee-access doors, BUT employees will need to log their time and temperature at the main entrance of their buildings. Log books, pens and automatic thermometer machines will be available at the main entrances. This is a small step toward returning to normalcy. Please remember, if you come before or after work hours, to bring your work fob to open employee doors.

As you know, these building protocols are in place and include:

One entrance to each CSKT building. This applies to everyone, including employees, Tribal Council and visitors. That same door will be used to exit the building for all reasons, including breaks, trips to other buildings and leaving work. Temperatures will be taken and sign ins are required for every instance. Masks/hand sanitizer will be available as well. Please be courteous to the building monitors.

Protecting our community is our number one priority. Public health experts say we need to guard against celebrating too early and not spike the football on the 10-yard line. To this end, we encourage everyone to stay home and limit contacts outside of work as well as adhere to CSKT protocols in place to prevent and reduce transmission among employees.

coronavirus update

CSKT Employee and Building protocols will remain in place until rescinded by Tribal Council, regardless of the actions taken by the Governor of the State of Montana.  Tribal Council is vitally concerned about the public health and safety of all Flathead Indian Reservation residents and masking, social distancing, and hand washing remain our best defense, in addition to current vaccination efforts.  Violations of these protocols will be reported by the building monitors to their supervisors and appropriate actions will be taken.

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Cases of positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Tribal community, and the region.

To help stop the spread of the virus, Tribal Health staff are doing contact tracing and investigations of each positive case of COVID-19 within the Tribal Health patient group.  

Contact tracing is when public health and/or community health nurses try to find out any additional people who may have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

People are considered exposed to the virus, when they have been less than 6 feet from an infected person, for longer than 15 minutes.

Individuals who are at risk of catching the virus due to this exposure, are then called by the nurses on the phone.  This process of figuring out who may have been exposed, asking them to quarantine, and assessing them for symptoms is called contact tracing.  

The contact tracing investigations and notification process is taking Tribal Health approximately 24-48 hours.

At Tribal Health, Community Health nurses are leading the contact tracing work, in cooperation with Lake County Public Health nurses.

If you are called by a nurse as part of contact tracing, you will be provided with the following information:

  • Date of potential exposure
  • How long you should quarantine
  • What symptoms to watch for
  • When to test for the virus (usually 5-7 days from known exposure date)
  • Where to go for testing

Please note, due to HIPAA rules on privacy, nurses cannot identify individuals who are already infected with the virus.

Tribal Health will continue to provide COVID-19 testing to the public when possible.  Though if someone develops symptoms, they should call their primary health care provider immediately to get more directions.

Currently public COVID-19 testing is also available at the following sites.  As always during this pandemic, no walk-ins are offered right now.  Please call ahead for more directions.

 

 

 

  • St. Lukes Hospital

107 6th Ave SW

Ronan, MT  59864

Phone (406) 676-4441

  • Providence St. Joseph Medical Center

6 Thirteen Avenue East

Polson, MT 59860 

Phone (406) 883-5680

More resources

Tribal Health website

cskthealth.org

Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) site:  

https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt/demographics

Lake County - CSKT Unified Command Center:

https://www.ucc-jic.com

Lake County Public Health Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/Lake-County-Public-Health-Montana-346387957374/

Lake County Public Health website:

https://lakecountypublichealth.org

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