March 11th COVID-19 Viral Drive Thru Testing Event

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will be offering COVID-19 viral testing to the entire community. Testing is an important piece to protecting our tribal community. Individuals must check-in at the testing event located at the hotel entrance. Follow signs directing traffic to hotel entrance. Face masks are required.

Testing will take place at the Sky Ute Casino Resort, Hotel Entrance TODAY, March 11, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Testing at this event will be less intrusive and will only take approximately 15 seconds to complete!

Testing will be open to enrolled Southern Ute tribal members, other Ute tribal members, tribal staff and the public for the duration of the entire event, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Results from the testing event will be communicated by tribal staff within 5 business days.

For questions, please contact the Southern Ute COVID-19 Call Center by dialing 970.563.0214, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

March COVID-19 Drive-thru Viral Testing Event

Southern Ute Indian Tribe COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance

As we near the holiday season and witness a new year on the horizon, we are met with continue uncertainty about our future. We have been center stage to an unprecedented viral pandemic, one that has not been seen in over one hundred years. We have seen, and some have experienced, tragic illness and loss throughout our community. As the year draws to a close, two biotech companies have developed and launched a vaccine against the virus, brining much needed hope.

Both Pfizer and Moderna have been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). An EUA provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows the use of a new medical product during the time of a public health emergency. Both vaccines developed by two separate biotech companies have proven to be highly efficacious (both over 90%).

Please read the information below to learn about both vaccines and the distribution schedule.

For more information, please contact the Southern Ute Health Center at 970.563.4581 or the Southern Ute COVID-19 Call Center at 970.563.0214.

Designed & Published by Lindsay J. Box

Tribal Member COVID-19 Vaccine Survey

The Southern Ute Incident Management Team and Tribal Health Department would like to solicit participation in the Tribal Member COVID-19 Vaccine Survey to determine the level of participation of the membership as well as the questions and concerns that might exist.

The survey collection will begin on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 and conclude on Friday, January 23, 2021. Tribal Members can participate in the survey in the following ways.

๐Ÿญ. ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜† – a link to the Survey Monkey can be found on the tribal social media, Tribal Member Portal, and on Southern Ute Drum website.

๐Ÿฎ. ๐—–๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—œ๐——-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—–๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ (๐Ÿต๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฌ.๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฏ.๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฐ) – share responses directly with Call Center staff who will collect your survey results. Membership can also request a hard copy survey to be mailed via the Call Center.

๐Ÿฏ. ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—น ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ (๐Ÿต๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฌ.๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฏ.๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฑ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜. ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿต๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ) – Please leave your responses in numerical order. โฃ

For questions or for more information, please contact Ms. Lindsay J. Box, Tribal Council Communication Specialist at 970.563.2313 or via email at lbox@southernute-nsn.gov

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๐—ฉ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—จ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต ๐—–๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ณ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐——๐—ฟ. ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ž๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ

Dr. Richard Keller will host a virtual town hall for the tribal membership to share information and participate in a Q&A on the COVID-19 vaccines that will be available to the tribal membership and patients of the Southern Ute Health Center (SUHC).

๐—๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿณ & ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿด, ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ

๐Ÿฑ:๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฌ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—น ๐Ÿฒ:๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ฝ.๐—บ.

๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฏ-๐—˜๐˜… ๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ

Photo Credit | Lindsay J. Box

Designed & Produced by Lindsay J. Box

Southern Ute Environmental Programs Division – Air Quality Information Resource

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Environmental Programs Division Air Quality Program is a great resource for air quality monitoring during theย #SixShooterFire.

Visit the EPD’s Ambient Monitoring information at:
https://www.southernute-nsn.gov/โ€ฆ/air-qโ€ฆ/ambient-monitoring/

Please see the information below for important health tips while experiencing smoke from the Six Shooter Fire. Also included is help understanding the Ambient Air Monitoring Website.

For updates on the Six Shooter Fire, please continue to monitor the Southern Ute Indian Tribe website, social media, and KSUT Tribal Radio.

 

SUIT & CDPHE COVID-19 Recovery and Viral Testing

The Southern Ute Indian Tribeโ€™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 (IMT) issued the โ€œStay at Homeโ€ Order prioritizing 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 furiously worked to purchase and collect personal protective equipment (PPE), testing kits, and funding to adequately respond to the coronavirus outbreak and to prepare for the unknown events in the coming weeks. The IMT developed an agreement with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) 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.

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. The viral test will help determine how wide-spread the virus is, identify hot-spots within our community, and aide in the tribal priority of keeping our tribal member safe. ย Approximately 2,000 tests will be conducted over a 3-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) can elect to have the test performed.

Tribal Members are encouraged to wear face masks when participating in the viral drive-thru test administration.

Drive-thru viral testing will be performed throughout three days, beginning on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Sky Ute Casino Resort overflow parking lot (between the Sky Ute Casino Resort and the TERO building). Please see the attached map detailing the testing area and testing process, identifies the entrances, check-in, testing tents where viral test swabs will be collected, and exit.

For maximum efficiency, the IMT has developed a testing schedule modeling the schedule used during both ย Spring and Fall Cleanup. Further, tribal residential areas have been identified ย by approximate household size and number of approximate daily testing capabilities.

For example: Tribal Members residing in Cedar Point East, West, and Townhomes will test on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tribal Elders and tribal members with vulnerabilities are eligible for voluntary testing priority daily from 8:00 9:00 a.m.

If you are unable to be tested on the date identified in the schedule, please contact the Southern Ute Health Center to schedule an appointment to be tested. To schedule an appointment, please call 970.563.4581.

All individuals who are electing to be tested are required to complete a mandatory Testing and Demographics Release form. Parents and Guardians must complete a form for all children in the household. Forms are available on social media, tribal website, Tribal Member Portal, and at the entrance of the drive-thru testing. Tribal Information Services will be at the Check-In station verifying enrollment. Please bring your completed form to expedite the testing process.

Tribal Elders and tribal members who are immobilized or unable to drive to the drive-thru testing location may dispatch assistance by calling the Southern Ute Indian Tribe COVID-19 Call Center at 970.563.0214 to arrange for transportation.

The viral testing will be available to the tribal membership on June 9-11, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.. Priority will be given to Tribal Elders and tribal members with self-diagnosed vulnerabilities the first hour of each day from 8:00 until 9:00 a.m.. Please see the viral testing procedures below:

  1. Entrance to the drive-thru testing area is accessible from both Colorado Highway 172 and County Road 517. Follow cones that will be placed for traffic control. Tribal members are required to stay inside their vehicles.
  2. Testing and Demographics Release form are required to be completed for every individual electing to receive the viral test. If you require time to complete the form, please notify staff immediately.
  3. Vehicles will be instructed to follow the serpentine traffic control marked using traffic cones then into one of three testing lanes as directed by staff.
  4. Staff will direct tribal members to place their vehicles in park, collect Testing and Demographics Release form and perform viral test on each individual requesting to be tested.
  5. Staff will direct tribal members to exit the testing area upon completion. Vehicles should exit the overflow parking lot and drive south on Ouray Drive between the Southern Ute Museum and Justice & Regulatory Building to County Road 517.

Follow-up results will only be provided to individuals who have tested positive. Test results are available within 5-7 days. Tribal Members who do not hear a response, should assume the results of their viral test were negative. If your viral test returns a positive result, you will receive a follow-up call from a healthcare professional with the Southern Ute Health Center staff with recommendations for care.

We would like to reiterate that the viral tests are voluntary and available to enrolled Southern Ute tribal members and their immediate family member (including those who are not enrolled). Please bring your completed Testing and Demographics Release form on the day of testing. If you do not have a Testing and Demographics Release form prior to arrival at the testing area, one will be provided to you at the Check-In station. ย 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.

Tribal Members who are unable to participate in the voluntary drive-thru viral testing June 9-11, 2020, may have the test performed at the Southern Ute Health Center. To schedule an appointment with the health center, please call 970.563.4581.

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 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 โ€œStay at Homeโ€ Order remains in effect until further notice. Please stay home only leaving for essential activities. When you must leave your home, wear a face mask, continue to practice social distancing staying 6 feet away from others. Stay connected with your loved ones and our tribal elders.

20200603 – SUIT COVID-19 Test and Demo Release Form

AAOS – HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices – 2013

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Technical Advisory Bulletin for Tribal Title V Owners and Operators (COVID-19) March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020
Technical Advisory Bulletin

To: All Tribal Title V Owners and Operators:

This technical advisory bulletin is being issued to address compliance concerns or non-compliance that could result at Title V permitted facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, state, local, and the Southern Ute Indian tribal government have been forced to take drastic actions to limit social contact including stay-at-home orders for non-critical employees and closures of certain businesses. The Tribeโ€™s Air Quality Program (AQP) understands that owners and operators are facing many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is issuing this guidance to help operators take measures to document these challenges for compliance reporting purposes.

To document compliance concerns and issues that are directly resultant from challenges relating to the pandemic, the AQP recommends, at a minimum, that operators keep detailed logs, including the reason for non-compliance and maintain all relevant data to support claims (e.g., correspondence with operations personnel, stack test companies, contractors, etc.). Additionally, AQP recommends keeping in contact with the AQP regarding issues as they arise. For urgent matters and prompt deviation reporting during this time, reports can be submitted to: airquality@southernute-nsn.gov. All other logs and records can be submitted to the AQP at a later date.

If owners and operators are able to comply with their Title V permit requirements on time, we strongly encourage you to do so using the processes normally used. Where compliance is impacted by orders aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, the AQP expects owners and operators to exercise reasonable due diligence. Correspondingly, the AQP will exercise discretion in granting administrative and enforcement relief for various reporting requirements and deadlines of regulated entities as conditions warrant in response to COVID-19.

It is the AQPโ€™s expectation that permittees will take actions minimizing the effects and duration of any noncompliance caused by COVID-19 and will use โ€œbest effortsโ€ to return to compliance at the earliest opportunity
If you have any questions regarding compliance during this time, please contact Mr. Oakley Hayes, Air Quality Technical Manager, at (970) 563-2244 or me at (970) 563-2265.

Danny Powers
Air Quality Program Manager
The Southern Ute Air Quality Program

Southern Ute Incident Management Team – Disease Control Level

Southern Ute Indian Tribe Incident Management Team (IMT) Disease Control Level

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe Incident Management Team (IMT) would like to share the Tribe’s Disease Control Level. As of Wednesday, March 25, 2020 the Tribe is under a ‘Stay at Home’ order.

This is one tool the IMT has been using to determine its response and tribal action plan related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Created & Published by Lindsay J. Box

SUIT IMT Disease Control Level

Southern Ute Health Center COVID-19 Testing Tent Procedures

Southern Ute Health Center COVID-19 Testing Tent Procedures

All patients who have any type of respiratory illness will be seen in the tent erected behind the health clinic. THIS IS NOT A DRIVE-THRU FACILITY.

There will be no walk-in appointments. Please call for an appointment at 970.563.4581. Clinic hours are 7:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Photo Credits: Jeremy Wade Shockly | Southern Ute Drum; and Jeremiah B. Valdez

Designed and Produced by Lindsay J. Box

Southern Ute Indian Health Center COVID-19 Testing Tent Procedures