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South Dakota Lax On Virus, Tribal Health Org. Says


Law360 (June 17, 2020, 4:47 PM EDT) -- In late April, as the coronavirus pandemic spread across the country, Oyate Health Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, reported a 60% drop in routine care visits. Furloughs seemed imminent.

Then, coronavirus cases began to crop up locally, and everything changed. Stress about too little business was out, replaced with the fear that the tribal health center — which serves the city's native population and surrounding reservations — wouldn't be able to keep up.

"Literally the pay period we had identified that we would need to reduce staff, COVID-19 hit, and it hit our center pretty significantly where then we needed all hands on deck," Jerilyn Church, CEO of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board, told Law360 recently.


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