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QUARANTINED: Reservation's COVID cases increase, Babb & St. Mary areas quarantined


September 24, 2020

Taking the pressure off the local bank and other retailers, Siyeh workers Kimberly Higgins and Lucy Lapland are present from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, in front of Glacier Peaks Casino, cashing Tribal stipend checks. Photo by John McGill

As of Monday, Sept. 21, Blackfeet Incident Command reported 68 active cases of COVID-19 on the Reservation. Public Information Officer James McNeely reports that through cooperation with other agencies the number of cases has been broken down into those occurring on the Reservation as opposed to in Glacier County overall.

The figures reported by the Glacier County Health Department (GCHD) include cases on the Blackfeet Reservation. Due to varying reporting times of the GCHD, Indian Health Service and State of Montana, oftentimes the numbers will vary.

He said that officials at the Indian Health Service asked the Tribe to institute a 14-day quarantine for St. Mary and Babb due to an "outbreak" of the virus. However, IHS offered no further information as to what an "outbreak" constitutes or any additional reasons for the quarantine. Nevertheless, the Tribal Council has worked to ensure that residents of Babb and St. Mary are supplied with food, cleaning supplies and medical needs through the Tribe's DES. Folks who need assistance are asked to call the Fire Cache at 338-2946, and to call the CHRs at 338-6191 for their medical needs. This applies to anyone under quarantine in Babb or St. Mary, whether Tribal members or not.


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