What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).
The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not yet fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death.
What is a Pandemic?
A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is infecting people and spreading easily from person-to-person. Cases have been detected in most countries worldwide and community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries. On March 11, the COVID-19 outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization
What if I believe I have COVID-19?
- SEPERATE YOURSELF FROM OTHERS IN YOUR HOME
- DO NOT GO TO INDIAN HEALTH SERVICES, CALL FIRST
- YOU MAY NOT GET A TEST IF YOU ARE NOT SYMPTOMATIC
HIGH RISK SYMPTOM CHECKER
Can I still contact the tribe?
Yes, currently the tribe is operating fully. However, the only departments physically at work are those providing essential services. Other departments can be contacted by reaching out to their respective directors. Find out how to contact them by calling 701-854-8504
Is there a cure for COVID-19?
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
If you are having difficulty breathing, blue tinted lips, or pain/pressure in the chest