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By Tim Leeds 

No new local COVID cases, Rocky Boy defines hot spots

Business committee encourages self-quarantine for people returning from hot spots


Last updated 7/29/2020 at 7:53am

While local jurisdictions reported no new COVID-19 confirmations Monday, Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation has created a definition of hot spots and is encouraging a 14-day quarantine for people returning to the reservation from those locations.

A resolution passed by the Chippewa Cree Tribal Business Committee defined a hot spot as a county where the rate of COVID-19 infection exceeds 1 percent or more of the county’s population.

“The Chippewa Cree Tribal Business Committee encourages any individual that has traveled to a hot spot to self-quarantine for a 14-day period and to immediately seek medical assistance if displaying any COVID-19 symptoms; the Rocky Boy Health Center has identified symptoms to include, but not limited to, fever, coughing, breathing difficulties or shortness of breath, and persistent pain or pressure in the chest,” the resolution said.

The resolution also announced that its COVID-19 incident command center is being transferred to the health center.

No local health centers reported any new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday and Rocky Boy Health Center at 3 p.m. no new cases had been confirmed there.

Rocky Boy Health Center reported that 27 active cases confirmed at the center with a total positives of 33 with six recoveries.

Cases confirmed at the health center may be of residents of the reservation or of people living off the reservation who were tested at the center. Some of its confirmed cases reside in Chouteau County and some in Hill County, included in the total reported by the county health departments.

Chouteau County has confirmed three cases — which would include cases of Chouteau County residents who were tested at the Rocky Boy Health Center — and reported Monday that it has two active cases, adding in the Chouteau County Health Department Facebook post, "meaning that one has recovered, which is good news."

"Please be aware and take all personal precautions to keep yourself and your family safe," the post said. "Social distance, wash your hands or use sanitizer, don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth, wear a mask where social distancing is not possible, stay away from large gatherings and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly."

According to the state COVID-19 tracking map as of 10 a.m. today, Hill County has 40 confirmed cases, 26 active, and Blaine County has seven cases, one active.

Liberty County has one recovered case, which was confirmed in March as one of the Hill County cases was.

All other cases in the region were confirmed in July.


Chouteau County Health Department Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Chouteau-County-Health-Department-19102785092429 .

Hill County Health Department Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hillcountyhealth .

Blaine County Health Department Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blainecountyhealthdepartment .

Rocky Boy Health Center Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RockyBoyHealthCenter .

Fort Belknap Tribal Health Department Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FortBelknapTribalHealth

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