SUIT August Voluntary Drive-thru Viral Testing Event

August Voluntary Drive-thru Viral Testing

August 12-13, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Sky Ute Casino Resort Overflow Parking Lot


The Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s most important resource is the enrolled Southern Ute tribal members and without its members the Tribe would not exist. On Wednesday, March 25, 2020 the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council in collaboration with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Incident Management Team issued the “Stay at Home” Order and on Friday, July 17, 2020 required the use of face coverings to  prioritize the health and safety of the Tribal Elders, high-risk and immune-compromised members, youth and the entire tribal membership.


At the beginning of the pandemic, the IMT purchased and collected personal protective equipment (PPE), testing kits, and funding to adequately respond to the coronavirus outbreak. The IMT has developed an agreement with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and International Medical Relief to mobilize a team of qualified health professionals with resources, testing kits, and PPE to conduct free, voluntary drive-thru viral testing for enrolled Southern Ute tribal members and immediate family members, tribal caregivers, tribal staff, enrolled members of the Ute Mountain Ute and Ute Indian Tribes, and local community.


A viral test will be conducted to determine individuals who are currently infected with the coronavirus. This is very different from the anti-body testing which will not be conducted at this time. As the number of positive cases increase in the neighboring jurisdictions, the viral test will help determine how wide-spread the virus is, identify hot-spots within our community, and aid in the tribal priority of keeping our tribal members safe.  Approximately 2,000 tests will be conducted over a 2-day period. Tests are not mandatory, but voluntary for those who wish to have a test performed. Tribal Members and immediate household members (including non-enrolled tribal members) and enrolled members of both the Ute Mountain Ute and Ute Indian Tribe can elect to have the test performed on either day.


Drive-thru testing will be performed over two days, beginning on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. at the Sky Ute Casino Resort overflow parking lot (between the Sky Ute Casino Resort and the TERO building). Tribal Elders and those who identify as high-risk are given priority from 8:00 until 9:00 a.m. on both days. Please see the attached map detailing the testing process, identifying the entrance, testing tents where swabs will be conducted, and exit.


In accordance with the tribal public health order requiring the use of face coverings, face masks will be required at the testing site.


The first drive-thru testing event held in June provided valuable lessons which have been considered and implemented for this and future testing events. The testing schedule modeled after the Spring and Fall Cleanup was determined unnecessary, therefore it will not be used for this event. The upcoming testing event will prioritize the tribal membership; testing will be available to the tribal membership and their immediate family members, enrolled members of both the Ute Mountain Ute and Ute Indian Tribe as well as tribal caregivers on both days, August 12-13, 2020.


Testing for tribal staff will be on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. and testing will be open to the local community on Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. If you are unable to be tested on the dates identified, please contact the Southern Ute Health Center at 970.563.4581 to determine another day or to arrange a home visit with SUHC staff.


Staff will complete the mandatory Testing and Demographics Release form. Individuals will be required to share the required information for the form. Parents and Guardians will be required to provide information required for the Testing and Demographics Release form for any child(ren) to be tested. Tribal Information Services will be confirming enrollment.


Tribal Elders and tribal members who are immobilized or unable to drive to the drive-thru testing location may contact the Southern Ute Health Center at 970.563.4581 to arrange for transportation.


The result of your COVID-19 test will be communicated to you by phone or email. The time that your result will be available may vary; we do ask for your patience during this busy time. Many laboratories that process COVID-19 tests are overwhelmed leading to some delays in processing. A Southern Ute Health Center staff member will call or email your result. All positive results will be contacted by telephone.  We do ask for your cooperation with assisting us with our contact tracing responsibilities of a positive result.


We would like to reiterate that the viral tests are voluntary and available to enrolled Southern Ute tribal members and their immediate family members (including those who are not enrolled), enrolled members of the Ute Mountain Ute and Ute Indian Tribe, tribal caregivers, on both days and tribal staff and community on identified day and times. If you have questions, please contact the Southern Ute Indian Tribe COVID-19 Call Center at 970.563.0214. The Call Center hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M.


If you are sick, please self-isolate. If your symptoms begin to worsen, please call your primary healthcare provider or the Southern Ute Health Center at 970.563.4581. Do not arrive at your primary health care provider’s office without calling to notify the professionals of your symptoms.


Please continue to practice good hygiene by washing your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, cough and sneeze into the bend of your elbow or in a tissue then throw the tissue away. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects in your home. As a reminder, the Tribal “Stay at Home” Order remains in effect until further notice. Please stay home only leaving for essential activities. When you must leave your home, continue to practice social distancing staying 6 feet away from others. Stay connected with your loved ones and our tribal elders.