LDF TRIBAL INCIDENT COMMAND /EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Update 05/15/2020 2:00 P.M.
MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/14/2020
LDF Tribal Council Issues Statement on Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers Administration’s Safer at Home Order
LAC DU FLAMBEAU—MAY 14, 2020—The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Tribal Council today issued the following statement regarding the Wisconsin State Supreme Court decision reversing Governor Tony Evers Administration’s Safer at Home Order.
"The Tribal Council is reviewing the State Supreme Court decision handed down this afternoon. For the time being—regardless of the State Supreme Court Order—Federal Law recognizes the Tribal Council's authority and its legal rights to keep in effect the Shelter-At-Home Declaration and curfew on the Reservation.”
“This applies to everyone—both Tribal and non-Tribal people and businesses—within the exterior boundaries of the Reservation. The limited access to all Tribal lands will remain in place.”
“For months, we've been working to prevent COVID-19 from arriving on the Reservation, and we continue to do all we can going forward to keep everyone safe. That's why we respectfully ask all visitors to stay home until we determine the safest way to reopen the Reservation. The last thing we as a Tribe want is someone traveling hours to get here only to find out that access to Tribal lands is limited to permanent residents only.”
“Once Tribal Council and its legal counsel review the State Supreme Court ruling, we will announce our plan going forward. The Tribe has been working on and continues to work on a plan to safely reopen. Historically, Tribes have suffered significant illness and loss of human life for a variety of reasons when pandemics sweep across the land. Therefore, our No. 1 priority is to keep everyone as safe as possible who live, work and visit the Reservation. So, for now, please continue to observe the Shelter-At-Home Order and the curfew."
Stay informed at LDFTribe.com where there’s a dedicated coronavirus page with community updates and resources.
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CURFEW TIME CHANGE
DECLARATION OF SHELTER AT HOME RESOLUTION /CURFEW ORDER Res NO. 103(20)
was amended today. The revised curfew times of 12am (midnight) to 5am, effective immediately ,2:30pm, 05.15.2020.
All other Shelter at Home requirements remain in place.
The other revision includes a tentative June 01, 2020 date to suspend this resolution/order; if no covid-19 cases or issues arise.
ALL OTHER ORDERS, DECLARATIONS, AND RESOLUTIONS REMAIN IN PLACE INCLUDING:
TRIBAL RESOLUTION NO 133(20): DECLARATION OF RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS TO TRIBAL LANDS ON THE LAC DU FLAMBEAU INDIAN RESERVATION
No access to tribal boat landings & areas if you are not a fulltime LDF resident and follow the Shelter at home Declaration requirements.
TRIBAL COUNCIL RESOLUTION #140(20), CANCELLATION OF COMMUNITY EVENTS
ALL TRIBAL COMMUNITY/PROGRAM EVENTS ARE CANCELLED PER TRIBAL COUNCIL RESOLUTION #140(20), IN EFFECT UNTIL AUGUST 1, 2020 AND/OR UNLESS AMENDED. THIS INCLUDES MEMORIAL EVENTS-PARADE, LAKESFEST, BEAR RIVER POWWOW, 4TH OF JULY EVENTS AND ANY OTHER EVENT THAT SOCIAL DISTANCING CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED.
FUTURE REOPENING PLANS FOR TRIBAL BUSINESSES, FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS FOR A TENATIVE REOPEN/RETURN TO WORK DATE OF JUNE 1, 2020.
The Tribal ICS Team, Businesses, Programs and Facility Managers continue to work on plans for reopening in a safe/healthy manner to protect community members and employees with a target date of June 01, 2020. KEEP IN MIND THIS MAY CHANGE WITH ANY COVID-POSITIVE CASES ON THE RESERVATION.
COVID TEST SITES
ONEIDA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2020 Contact: 715-369-6111
Free COVID-19 Testing in Oneida County with National Guard Assistance
Local health departments in Northern Wisconsin have requested assistance from the Wisconsin National Guard to scale up COVID-19 nasal swab testing.
In our area, Oneida, Iron, Forest, Lincoln, Price, and Vilas Counties are collaborating to host 2 community COVID-19 testing events in Oneida County. That National Guard will be providing drive through style COVID-19 swab testing.
Lakeland Union High School- May 20, 2020 11am-7pm, Minocqua Wisconsin
James Williams Middle School- May 21, 2020 11am-7pm, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Anyone 5 years and older with at least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, fatigue, vomiting, or diarrhea can get tested. These events are only available to people that live or work in Wisconsin. Please note that anyone tested who has symptoms will be expected to self-isolate until test results come back.
The events will be located in the parking lot of the two locations listed above. People should be prepared to provide a current address, county of residence, and phone number when you arrive for testing. We request that you wear a mask or cloth face covering when you arrive. Testing at these events will be free. Please be aware that if testing kits run out before the end of the events, those not tested may be turned away. Due to the unknown amount of interest, prepare for potential wait time. It is requested that modes of transportation form a line while waiting for testing, and that those who want to be tested stay in or on their mode of transportation at all times.
The Wisconsin National Guard will be doing the testing. They will be in uniform and in full PPE (personal protective equipment), including gowns, mask, gloves, etc. during the events. We have two goals with the events: 1) provide our communities with mass testing, 2) give public health an increased insight into how widespread COVID-19 is in our communities. Following the events, we will continue to work closely with our local healthcare providers to continue building their capacity to meet patient demand for testing.
There are alternative testing sites in the state of Wisconsin throughout May. Any Wisconsin resident is welcome to attend any one of the testing events.
Travel Caution- 14-day Quarantine
We recommend limiting travel as much as possible
IF you have traveled to or came from a location in the past 14 days and now see new reports of confirmed coronavirus case(s)/outbreaks or if you have been in a “hot zone” please contact the Community Health Department at 715-588-3371 ext. 1908 (Jen Jaeger, RN) or 1910 (Sarah Keuer, RN) during normal business hours or Dave Poupart, RN at 715-439-3971 after hours to discuss your travels and what to do next.
We need the community members to help relay the message to the people you know that have or continue to travel from areas of concern to voluntary 14-day self-quarantine guidelines.
COVID#19 CASE REPORTS/PCHC OPERATIONS
TRIBE REPORTS ZERO CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS CASES ON RESERVATION. 47 tests 47 negative, pending as of 05.15.20. If there is a confirmed case of coronavirus on the Reservation, we’ll notify the public.
When or if you are tested for covid-19 and the test is negative IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU ARE IMMUNE. Immunity tests that are reliable are still not available and social distancing and hand washing along with some common sense is still the best practice to prevent the spread of this and most any other virus.
The PCHC Community Health Department follows the same procedure or guidelines as other County Health Departments when a positive covid-19 is identified on our reservation.
Peter Christensen Health Center
PCHC continues to expand services by appointment only.
This includes urgent care, lab, optical, chiropractic and radiology.
It is necessary that you arrive on time for your appointment.
Each person will be screened before entering the clinic and will wear a mask. You can wear your own homemade mask or PCHC has enough PPE/masks to provide to you when you arrive.
Visitors are restricted. Only one guardian per minor is allowed. The guardian will be screened. Expect to be escorted while in the clinic.
We ask for your patience during this process.
Please call PCHC # 715-588-3371
Any other emergency please call 911.
PLEASE WEAR FACE MASKS/COVERINGS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS. IF YOU NEED A MASK PLEASE CONTACT Leanne Valliere at 715.892.0793 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING FACEMASKS/COVERINGS FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS.
**Reminder- to the people donating face masks/coverings to call Leanne to drop to them off so that proper handling occurs before they provided to the general public. We also advise anyone that has received a donated mask wash them prior to utilizing them.
DAMAGE TO CHA UNITS PLEASE REPORT
Chippewa Housing Authority is reporting damage to homes by youth- please report any suspicious activities to the LDF PD at 715-588-7717.
WASH YOUR HANDS – COVER YOUR COUGH- WEAR FACE MASKS- CHI-MIIGWETCH FROM THE LDF ICS TEAM