March 15, 2020

Hau Mitakuyapi, Hello my Relatives. We continue to provide you updates on the Community’s preparedness in response to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), what we are doing, and how you can help.

COVID-19 is now confirmed in Renville County. The State of Minnesota has been reporting which counties have positive cases. That information can be found here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html. The State also has a COVID-19 hotline: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Community’s Rec Center and CWOO Closures

Effective Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22, the Community’s Recreation Center and will be closed. We will continue to evaluate the need for any closure beyond this date.

CWOO will be closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, 2020. Please plan accordingly.

Community Events

All Community scheduled events currently are postponed until further notice.

Children at Jackpot

Minors are not permitted to congregate at the casino without direct parental supervision.

Government Administration and Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel

We are taking the following measures with our employees and businesses: 

  • Direct communication with Governor Walz’s office
  • Working closely with the Community’s Tribal Emergency Response Committee (TERC)
  • Developing policies and procedures regarding travel, sanitizing and time off
  • Collaborating with other tribal and local/state governments
  • Distributing regular updates regarding COVID-19
  • The TERC COVID-19 response team, comprised of several departments, meets twice weekly

Precautions

As a valuable member of our Community, we encourage you to do the following:

  • Stay home when you feel sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you cough or sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash, or cough into your elbow if you don’t have tissues.
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.
  • Do not touch your face.
  • It is important for everyone to follow these guidelines.

COVID-19 symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you are experiencing these symptoms, do NOT go to your doctor’s office or the government center. Please contact the Lower Sioux Health Care Center at 507-697-8600 for direction. If you are experiencing an emergency, dial 911.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ELDERS, THOSE WHO ARE SICK AND THOSE WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS

At this time, we ask that you stay at home. 

The Community will be providing some services to our elders, those who are sick or those who have underlying medical conditions. Please contact the following individuals for more information:

We are keeping up to date on any available resources from the federal and state governments for assistance with caring for our elderly, those who are sick, and those with underlying medical conditions.

For all other Community members, I ask that you take extra precaution and limit your outings only for essential reasons. Try to keep to yourself when out and about, be mindful of other people around you, and keep at least 6 feet of space between you and other people when out in public.

Travel

We ask that Community members suspend all travel outside Minnesota and the United States.

Mental Health

For mental health and coping assistance, call Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. People with deafness or hearing loss can use their preferred relay service to call 1-800-985-5990.

Gatherings

At this time, we recommend no more than 250 people publicly congregate within the Community.

I encourage you to sign up for the Community text messages so you have the most up-to-date information about this issue. You can sign up by texting LowerSioux to 77948. We will also provide updates on the Lower Sioux Health Care Center’s website at https://lowersiouxhhs.org/category/news/.

We all must do our part to stop the spread of any sickness, whether it is the COVID-19/corona virus or any other type. Everyone is at risk, and we are all responsible for helping stop the spread. We are doing our best to prevent it in our Community. Thank you for doing your part to help maintain a healthy and safe Community.  We will see this through together.  We will continue to update you.

Pidamayado,

Robert Larsen
President

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