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Rosebud Indian Reservation under lockdown as tribe has 14 positive COVID-19 cases


ROSEBUD INDIAN RESERVATIONSioux Rosebud Tribe President Rodney Bordeaux on Wednesday issued a lockdown for the entire Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota starting at midnight tonight. The lockdown will remain in effect until Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 6 a.m. CDT.

The action came after Rosebud Sioux tribal chiefs learned of 14 active cases of COVID-19 on the reservation.

“I had hoped it wasn’t necessary. Unfortunately, there were too many people in our community who refused to take social distancing precautions and wear masks in public and also refused to self-quarantine or take it all seriously, ”Bordeaux said. in a video posted Wednesday.

During the announcement, Bordeaux said the tribe will put five checkpoints on state and federal highways that include US 83 and US 18 as well as South Dakota’s National Highway 44. Although checkpoints are established, he said commercial traffic on the reservation and not residents will be able to travel through the reservation and will be advised not to stop to visit anyone on the reservation.

Businesses will be allowed to remain open on a limited basis between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. during the lockdown to allow people to get needed supplies. Persons requiring dialysis treatment will also be permitted to travel to their treatment sites, and medical professionals and their staff will be permitted to travel in the performance of their official duties.

Bordeaux says his office will develop a list of essential employees who can go to work. Residents must prove they have medical or dental appointments if they want to leave the reservation and return during lockdown.

“The purpose of the lockdown is for us to be able to do the contact tracing that we need to do to work on removing the spread of the virus,” he said in a live announcement.

The Rosebud Indian Reservation is located in south-central South Dakota over 1,979 square miles with a population of 11,354 as of 2017.

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