With the discovery of a woman testing positive for coronavirus at Blackfeet Community Hospital last Saturday at 9 p.m., the Blackfeet Tribe was reinforced in its April 23 decision to adopt stricter guidelines than those recommended by Governor Steve Bullock.
A summary of the guidelines now in place until the end of May are as follows:
1. Keep all Tribal Offices closed until May 31, at which time that will be revisited.
2. All details of Resolution 181-2020/Ordinance 121 are still standing until further notice.
3. All entries to Glacier National Park from the east entrances (located on the Blackfeet Reservation) are still closed.
3. Curfew is still in place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
4. Alcohol sales are from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
5. Wearing masks in public.
6. Stay at home order/essential travel only (grocery shopping and medical attention)
7. Vacation rental units are to remain closed.
8. If you travel to an infected area or you have COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days.
9. Social distancing order is still to be followed - six feet apart.
10. Travel Restriction Order meaning all roads are closed to non-essential travel.
“I want to remind people that we are a sovereign entity so we don’t have to follow the Governor’s rules,” Blackfeet Public Information Officer James McNeely said. “All businesses with Tribal licenses must comply; they’re all under Ordinance 121…[Revenue Director] Kim Boy is going around to all the businesses and requiring masks and protective equipment for customers and the owners. We’re just trying to keep everybody safe, but we’re not there yet so we will step up the process on this.”
Because of HIPAA rules, McNeely was only able to specify that two women tested as positive for coronavirus in Glacier County over the weekend, one between the ages of 60-69 and the other between the ages of 10-19.
In the latest case at IHS, McNeely said, “She is quarantined and under surveillance; we’re following the tracing rules from the CDC and the Montana Department of Health and Human Services. So we’re watching this; it’s the first confirmed case at Blackfeet Community Hospital.”