Last week, the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council (BTBC) took action on several ordinances, beginning with an extension of the stay-at-home order until July 31, pertaining to non-frontline workers and those not engaged in essential activities such as procuring medical services or food. The Council further prohibited all social gatherings, including dine-in restaurants, campgrounds, group gatherings, fishing derbies, golf, weddings and tribally hosted gatherings, among others. However, residents are at the same time encouraged to engage in outdoor activities with members of the same household. Such activities include walks, hiking, fishing and so on, but they should not be done in large groups or with extended families.

Masks are now required on all persons while in public, except for children under two years of age.

In addition, the Council took action for Tier One, front line essential staff who knowingly and willingly break Ordinance 121 and safety guidelines; such staffers could face immediate termination or 14 day quarantine without pay. The Council also mobilized a work group at Blackfeet Manpower to help with food, personal hygiene and family activities to assist families directly affected by COVID-19 or related quarantine. Due to safety and privacy, folks needing such services are asked to call Community Health Resources. 

The Council also met to take action for Blackfeet Nation families affected by positive cases, but who have no available housing. Leadership advocated providing direct support services, medical confirmation, privacy and a confidentiality agreement. A Quarantine facility has not yet identified. but BTBC and Incident Command are working to provide direct support. The Logistics and Medical Planning Team will work closely with related facilities to ensure delivery of essential items.

And in late breaking news, PIO Eileen Henderson reports that as of Monday, July 20, Coop’s Corner in Browning has reopened. Town Pump, however, remains closed.

Health questions can be directed to the Southern Piegan Health Center, 338-7912, (M-F, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.) or IHS COVID-19 hotline at 338-6304 (7 a.m.-7 p.m.); COVID Compliance hotline 338-2946 or 338-2231, open daily until 11 p.m. Incident Command (406) 338-7521 (M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).

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