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.

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:

  • Monday -Friday:   Josh Larsen: 507-430-9189, [email protected]; or
    • Contact Lower Sioux Social Services’ on-call number at 320-522-0126 during the weekend if you need assistance.

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020: For elders 60 years and older, you can have your medications delivered to your home between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. You will need to call the LSIC Pharmacy Department by noon for same day delivery. The elder who will be receiving the medication must be present at the home in order to sign off. If the Pharmacy does not answer when you call for medication delivery, you will need to leave a voicemail. It is confidential.

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.

Per Cap checks

Per cap checks will be mailed out Monday, March 30. They will not be available for in-person pick up. There is no change regarding direct deposits.

LSIC Dental Clinic

All elective, non-emergent dental services are cancelled until further notice.

Gatherings

At this time, we recommend no more than 50 people congregate within the Community.

GAP payments

Please drop off your GAP bills in the locked drop box by the front desk at the Government Administration Center. We will be checking it daily.

Government Administration Center

We ask that you consider calling or emailing Government Administration staff instead of visiting in person.

Tribal Court

Review hearings will be conducted by telephone. Contested and evidentiary hearings will be postponed. Refer to the General Order from the Court dated March 16, 2020 for more details and additional protocol adopted by the Court.

CWOO & area school districts (all are closed March 16-27, 2020) make sure to fill out letter

CWOO:

  • Cancel all school activities such as Wounspe, Kawitaya, and Pregnancy Expo.
  • Will begin Distance Learning for children and families on March 18th that include:
    • Diapers, Wet Wipes, and Formula
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack
    • Dakota Iapi and Education Learning
  • Look for communications directly from CWOO for more info.

RASD

  • Redwood Area School District will provide school lunches to any area students during the State Declared School Shutdown from Wed. March 18 through Friday, March 27 (Not on Saturday or Sunday). Refer to the separate announcement.
  • As of today, March 17th, 2020 at 5:30pm, RASD will be closing the day care services they provide to all Cardinal Kids Club and School Age Child Care families, with the exception of day care services to essential workers (refer to the district’s notice dated March 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.)

Cedar Mountain

  • Cedar Mountain will be providing meals for anyone under the age of 18 starting on Wednesday, March 18th. The meal service will be “Grab and Go” and all meals will be provided free of charge. Students are not allowed to eat meals in the building. Meals, which will include a breakfast and a lunch, can be picked up Monday-Friday between 11:00am and 12:00pm at either building. Refer to the separate announcement from Cedar Mountain.

For meal delivery, please follow any instructions from your child(ren)’s school district.

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.

Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel

Along with the constant high traffic area cleaning that continues in our on-going effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, these are measures we are taking help keep ourselves and customers safe:

Reduction in business operational hours will take effect Thursday, March 19th, 2020:

Sunday thru Thursday

  • Casino Floor 7am – 2am
  • Table Games 10am – 2am

Friday and Saturday

  • Casino Floor 7am – 4am
  • Table Games 9am – 4am

This reduction in hours will allow a deep clean and sanitize of all high traffic areas.

Other than the events and promotions listed below, everything will stay as scheduled.

  • Dacotah Dining Daily Buffet closed at this time.
  • Dacotah Dining patrons will be seated at every other table (deep cleaning will occur before and after each guest table is served).
  • Caribou Coffee is limited for to-go orders only (seating area is closed)
  • Full Deck remains open
  • To-Go food outlet is closed
  • March 21st Seafood Buffet cancelled.
  • March 27th Hairball Show rescheduled to May 15th.
  • Bingo Extravaganza cancelled for April 4/5.
  • Out of State bussing suspended thru April 5th.
  • Implementation of Business/ Personal Travel Policy.
  • Hotel- limit of 1 additional roll of toilet paper as requested

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.

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.

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 federal/local/state governments
  • Distributing regular updates regarding COVID-19
  • The TERC COVID-19 response team, comprised of several departments, meets daily

Community’s Rec Center closure

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. Please plan accordingly.

Travel

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

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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