Community Notice – Community Response Effort – COVID-19 (01.11.21)

Attention Membership:

RE: COMMUNITY RESPONSE EFFORT – COVID-19

There are three general strategic policy responses to the challenge of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): elimination, suppression, and mitigation (or herd immunity). No response is free of economic, social, and health harms; rather, it is about minimizing harm. As the province has demonstrated, once case numbers rise it becomes increasingly difficult to eliminate the virus. Certainly COVID-19 is an ongoing health emergency fo us in Sioux Valley Dakota Nation.

Our next best determination took effect November 12, 2020 with the announcement of a community lockdown. Lockdowns are effective for COVID-19 pandemic controls. This planning encompasses travel restriction (including non-essential travel), mandatory self-isolation practices on community re-entry, eliminating public gatherings including the closure of public spaces, and enhancement of physical safeguards to reduce transmission risk, among carious other alterations to our programs delivery services to ensure safety for all. Members are advised this lockdown remains in effect.

At this time, as a community, we are faced with the challenge to increase our effort.

COVID-19 transmission occurs from person to person through several different routes: contact with respiratory droplets generated by an infected individual through the breathing, sneezing, or coughing of an infected individual; direct (person-to-person) or indirect (hand-mediated) transfer of the virus from contaminated fomites to the mouth, nose, or eyes.

NOW IS THE TIME TO CURB OUR LOCAL POPULATION MOBILITY. IT HAS BEEN SHOWN REPEATEDLY THAT HYGENE MEASURES, IN CONJUNCTION WITH RESPECTING A SIX-FOOT DISTANCE AND WEARING A MASK WORK EFFECTIVELY TOWARDS DIMINISHING THE RISK OF INFECTION. YOU ARE NOT STUCK AT HOME, YOU RE SAFE AT HOME.

Please note the Dakota Diner will be closed until further notice The use of the outdoor skating rink is also suspended at this time.

It is only with your support that we can continue to protect our community. Until widespread vaccinations are available, we must all do our part to protect the Oyate.

Respectfully,

SIOUX VALLEY DAKOTA NATION CHIEF AND COUNCIL