August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, August 11, 2022

COVID: Masks Mandated on Pine Ridge, Rapid Spread on Navajo Nation

Dineh volunteer Bitahnii Wilson delivers water to Dineh and Hopi
elders and others in need. K'eh Native Action.

COVID: Masks Mandated on Pine Ridge, Rapid Spread on Navajo Nation 

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The Oglala Lakota Nation said masks are now required due to the rapid increase in cases of COVID-19.

"As of today, August 11, 2022, Oglala Lakota County has gone into the High COVID-19 Community Level. Per Oglala Sioux Tribe Ordinance 22-53, Masks are now Mandatory in Oglala Lakota County," the Oglala Lakota Nation said.

CDC August 12, 2022 Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota
High level COVID

On the Navajo Nation, there were 226 new cases, and four deaths, reported on Wednesday. Today, there were 127 new cases of COVID. Now, 1,871 Dineh have died from the virus. Currently, 69 Navajo communities have an uncontrolled spread of the virus, the Navajo Nation said.

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