Thursday, March 26, 2020
The Colville Tribal Incident Management Team and Colville Service Unit will hold a drive-thru COVID-19 assessment from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Nespelem Agency Campus across from the IHS Clinic.
It is important to note not all persons will be screened for COVID-19. Medical personnel will assess each patient and will provided recommendations for further assessment. Strep throat and influenza share many of the same symptoms with COVID-19. During the assessment, some patients will receive rapid-tests for strep or flu if recommended by a medical provider.
While this is a drive thru clinic, patients are asked to limit their vehicles to two passengers to ensure social distancing.
Currently, both Ferry County and Okanogan County have reported a single case of COVID-19 in each county. In both counties, authorities reported that the individuals were in at-home isolation and posed no threat to the communities.
Also yesterday, the Colville Business Council closed the reservation to all non-essential traffic. A press release notes, “Access remains allowed for tribal members, non-member residents of the Reservation, employees of the Tribes, delivery, postal and food services and other pre-approved outside agency personnel or essential services.”
The state highways, Highways 155, 97 and 21, remain open.
The Colville Incident Management Team encourages all community members to stay home and stay safe. Please help us all prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the Colville Reservation.
For emergency, please call 9-1-1.