Rosebud Sioux Tribe enforces 78 hour reservation wide lockdown

COVID-19 lockdown

TODD COUNTY, S.D. — The Rosebud Sioux Tribe announced on Wednesday that it will enforce a 78 hour reservation-wide lockdown in response to the spread of COVID-19 in the area.

RST President Rodney M. Bordeaux made the announcement on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Communications Facebook page Wednesday, saying that there are now 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Todd County.

The reservation will be locked down from 12:00 a.m. Thursday, May 14th until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, May 17th in accordance with RST Council Resolution 2020-75, in which the RST Council authorized him to act in such a manner.

Some of the steps being taken during the lockdown include:

  • RST Law Enforcement will man checkpoints at:
    • Highway 83 near Nebraska State Line/Rosebud Casino; Highway 18 east of Okreek; Highway 18 near Upper Cut Meat; Highway 44 around Corn Creek community; Highway 44 JCT near White River
    • There will be random checkpoints at other locations as well
    • Commercial traffic will be allowed to proceed through the checkpoints on to their destinations without issue
  • People from outside of the area will be advised that the county has had a substantial increase in cases of COVID and that they are encouraged to continue through to their destination and not stop within Todd County
  • Businesses will only be permitted to maintain hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the lockdown. This will allow families to get the supplies that they might need during the lockdown. This will allow ranchers to tend to their livestock. People are expected to be within their homes or yards unless they are out getting supplies as needed or tending their livestock between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Anyone found away from their homes and yards may be arrested or issued citations to appear in court under the emergency directives announced yesterday. TECRO workers on construction projects will be able to go to the worksites provided they are named on a list to be provided by TECRO.
  • Essential employees will be permitted to go to work unless they can work from home. The President’s Office will provide a list of essential employees who will be required to physically come to work during the lockdown.
  • Dialysis treatments and transportation will be permitted to continue as scheduled through the lockdown. Medical Professionals and affiliated staff will be permitted to travel as long as they are performing their official duties.
  • Local residents will not be permitted to leave Todd County unless they have an existing medical or dental appointment and proof of the appointment/procedure.

You can view the full Facebook post below.

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