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A message from the Red Lake Tribal Council about COVID-19


March 19, 2020

Red Lake Band Members:

We are writing to assure you that the health and safety of our community members, employees and the general public is our top concern while we are adjusting our lives to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. We are constantly monitoring guidance from a variety of reliable sources, including the Minnesota Department of Health, Beltrami County Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service, Red Lake Comprehensive Health Services, Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. The guidance from each of these organizations is evolving daily, and we are committed to include updates on the Red Lake Website as we receive them.

At the present time, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Red Lake Reservation, nor have there been any confirmed cases in Beltrami or Clearwater counties. We strongly encourage community members to stay informed bout local COVID-19 developments. In the event a confirmed case of the COVID-19 is detected within a 75 mile radius of the Red Lake Reservation, the Red Lake Band will go into critical services mode. Because there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Twin Cities with confirmed cases of community transmission, and confirmed positive cases as far north as Sterns County, we are requesting that residents of the Red Lake Reservation not travel to these areas. For those Red Lake members who reside in the Twin Cities, we are advising that you self-quarantine in place until advised by the Minnesota Department of Health that this threat no longer exists.

The Red Lake Tribal Council strongly urges our elders who are age 65 and older to stay home, even if they are not experiencing any flu-like symptoms or other signs of illness, so that they may be assured of not being exposed to the COVOD-19 virus. Also, we are requesting that any other person who is experiencing signs of illness to stay home. If the signs of illness persist, contact the Red Lake Hospital, or another healthcare facility and reuest to spear with the "Triage Unit" so that you can make arrangements for testing. Please call the Elderly Nutrition Program at 679-3339 to schedule delivery of your meal if you are interested in this service.

The Tribal Council has delegated to each Program Director the authority to administer leave for their employees, as well as the methods for staffing their programs so that services may be continued at this time while minimizing risk. Employees are strictly forbidden from bringing children into the workplace. Employees should contact their Program Director/Supervisor for more information.

The Red Lake Tribal Council passed a resolution today to voluntarily close all three casinos effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 4:00 PM for a two-week period. This was done in an effort to prevent the casinos from servicing as a forum where the COVID-19 virus is spread. The Tribal Council resolution was clear that every effort to minimize the impact of the temporary closure on our Red Lake member employees of each of our three properties and their families.

Dated March 18, 2020 and signed by Red Lake Tribal Secretary Sam Strong.


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