COVID-19 cases climbing amid mass testing on Standing Rock

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COVID-19 cases climbing amid mass testing on Standing Rock

Livestock producers have been hard hit by low prices and the closing of meat processing plants due to the coronavirus.Photo by Jon Flatland

No new cases reported in Dewey, Ziebach

With mass voluntary testing being held across the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, no new cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in Dewey or Ziebach counties this week. However, the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation has seen its number of cases double over the past 10 days.

As of Tuesday, June 23, a total of six cases had been detected in Dewey and Ziebach counties, four of which were active and two involving individuals who had recovered. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reported Tuesday that its total number of cases had risen to 41, including 31 active and 10 recoveries. Standing Rock officials expect that number to increase as results begin coming in from 854 tests administered in the community of Fort Yates, ND on Saturday, June 20.

Of the cases on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, 18 are in Sioux County in North Dakota, 13 are in Corson County in South Dakota, and nine involve residents of Morton and Burleigh counties in North Dakota who were tested while on the reservation.






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