COVID cases rise on Cheyenne River Reservation, no beds available at Health Center

Cheyenne River SiouxEAGLE BUTTE, S.D. — The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe announced Thursday that no beds are available at the Cheyenne River Health Center or in the State of South Dakota for patients referred by the Indian Health Service off the reservation.

The lack of available beds has resulted in patients being sent to Cheyenne, Wyoming and Denver for coronavirus treatment.

Chairman Harold Frazier says there are more than 60 active cases on the reservation, with numbers increasing each day.

“COVID-19 is changing and becoming even more dangerous as it continues to infect people — no one is safe. I am asking everyone on an individual basis to take the necessary measures to protect themselves, family, neighbors and community. Failure to do so may result in becoming ill, and hospitalized away from your loved ones,” Chairman Frazier said in a release.

Click here for more information on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s COVID-19 response.

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