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While noting the COVID-19 statistics for Blackfeet Country aren’t as high as they were a year ago, Public Information Officer James McNeely said, “Cases are rising still.”

As of Friday, Nov. 19, there were 79 active cases on the Blackfeet Reservation. Thirty-one were fully vaccinated; six were partially vaccinated; and 42 were not vaccinated. There have been a total of 54 deaths from COVID-19 on the Reservation to date. Five people are hospitalized and more than 225 are quarantined.

“We need to wear masks, use hand sanitizer and social distance, especially at large gatherings,” McNeely said. “If we continue rising, Incident Command will have to stop gatherings.”

If people feel sick or think they’ve been exposed to someone who is infected, McNeely says they should remain at home and get tested. “It’s especially important for the holidays,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tribal Offices are closed from Wednesday through Friday for Thanksgiving. Dates for dispersal of per capita checks will be forthcoming next week. And, finally, McNeely notes crews from Siyeh Development have been working to open Bear Track Travel Center in East Glacier Park in the near future.

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