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Summary of Continuing Core Services for the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Membership During COVID-19

Summary of Continuing Core Services for the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Membership During COVID-19

As of March 24, 2020

In response to the rapidly developing events surrounding COVID-19, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Permanent Fund government will modify the programs and services to ensure the protection and safety of tribal members, tribal employees, and our community. The identified operations have been modified in accordance with the recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) which includes guidelines for social distancing and restrictions on congregated groups no larger than 10 people, and at least 6 feet apart. Social distancing also includes limits on person-to-person contact, group meetings, and other social activities.

The non-essential functions have been identified and a comprehensive list of modified services and hours of operations are detailed below.

Please be advised this information is subject to change. Tribal staff will continue updating the document as modifications to tribal services and tribal business are necessary.

 

Summary of SUIT core services (As of 3.24.2020)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Southern Ute Indian Tribe Issues ‘Stay at Home’ Advisory

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Christine Sage, Chairman – 970.563.0100

Amy Barry, SUIT IMT PIO – 970.563.2281

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2020 – 07:30 P.M.

 

Southern Ute Indian Tribe Issues ‘Stay at Home’ Advisory

Southern Ute Indian Reservation –

Please see below for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s ‘Stay at Home’ Advisory. Through the advisory, the Tribe reaffirms the importance of slowing down the spread of COVID-19. The Tribe urges all residents of the Reservation to do their part by staying at home unless it is to engage in an essential activity.

 

What does it mean when we say it is ok to engage in an essential activity? Here are some guidelines.

 

  1. You should not engage in in any public or private gatherings of more than 5 people except if those individuals are direct family members or children or elders under your care.
  2. You should not engage in any travel outside the home except for:
  • Care for elders, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable people.
  • Going to or from educational facilities to support distance learning or to get meals or related services.
  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
  • To obtain medical supplies or medication or to visit a health-care professional for yourself, a family member or a pet.
  • To get supplies to work from home.
  • To buy food, pet supplies and essential household products for yourself, a household member or a family member.
  • To go to work in an essential business or service as determined by your employer or a governmental authority.
  • To engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, biking, running or walking a dog. You must maintain a safe social distance from others. Group sports are prohibited.
  • To care for a family member or pet in another household.
  • To engage in banking or other financial transactions.

 

Tribal Council is continuously assessing and taking necessary measures to respond to this rapidly-changing and serious public health emergency.  At this time the Tribal Council is encouraging voluntary compliance with these instructions. Should it be necessary to protect public health, the Tribal Council will consider a mandatory stay at home order. For that reason, the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council urges all tribal members to listen for radio announcements, check the Tribe’s official Facebook site, or call the Call Center at 970.563.0214 for the most-up-to-date information. The Tribe will make every effort to keep the membership informed.

 

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20200323 – PR – Southern Ute Indian Tribe Issues ‘Stay at Home’ Advisory

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chairman Christine Sage restricts tribal operations to limit exposure of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Christine Sage, Chairman – 970.563.0100

Amy Barry, SUIT IMT PIO – 970.563.2281

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2020 – 07:30 P.M.

 

Chairman Christine Sage restricts tribal operations to limit exposure of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Southern Ute Indian Reservation –

On Sunday, March 22, 2020 Southern Ute Tribal Chairman, Christine Sage along with Southern Ute Tribal Council, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Incident Management Team (IMT) and tribal entities, ordered the Southern Ute Indian Tribe to modify tribal government services and business operations. The Southern Ute Tribal Permanent Fund, Southern Ute Growth Fund, Southern Ute Shared Services and positions within the Sky Ute Casino Resort have been directed to work remotely unless otherwise communicated. Critical functions have been revised and only critical tribal staff must report to their workstations. This will be effective Monday, March 23, 2020.

The directives are as follows:

  • Identified tribal staff who reside in the State of New Mexico will be required to work remotely beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 23, 2020 with exception Southern Ute law enforcement agencies and tribal staff in some operations within the Southern Ute Growth Fund and key Southern Ute Shared Services infrastructure staff.
  • According to a public service announcement issued from the IMT sent on Friday, March 20, 2020, all tribal staff who voluntarily travel outside of the identified safety area (including San Juan County, NM) will be placed on a 14-day self-quarantine symptom watch period.
  • If symptoms arise and/or COVID-19 is suspected, the employee is required to consult their primary healthcare provider for COVID-19 screening or access telemedicine consultation services from Anthem found here (https://livehealthonline.com).
  • Tribal members who have traveled outside of a 50-mile radius are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days for their own health and safety as well as that of members of their household and the tribal community.
  • Staff from the Southern Ute Permanent Fund are not expected to report to their workstations. All staff needed to perform critical operations will begin working remotely on Monday, March 23, 2020. Exceptions include designated tribal personnel from the following departments: Tribal Information Services, Clean Team, Grounds Maintenance, Food Distribution, Legal Department, Southern Ute Police Department, Southern Ute Detention Center, Division of Gaming, Southern Ute Tribal Rangers, Southern Ute Health Center, and SunUte Community Center (operating as the Southern Ute COVID-19 Call Center; SunUte facilities will be closed otherwise.)
  • Staff from the Southern Ute Growth Fund are not expected to report to their workstations and should begin working remotely on Monday, March 23, 2020. Exceptions include designated tribal personnel from the following operations: Southern Ute Utilities, essential operations/maintenance personnel related to natural gas production and mid-stream operations, and critical support staff as needed. Growth Fund personnel shall implement the required health screening prior to entering a Growth Fund location.
  • Staff from the Southern Ute Shared Services are not expected to report to their workstations and instead should begin working remotely on Monday, March 23, 2020. Exceptions include designated critical I.T. infrastructure staff.
  • The Sky Ute Casino Resort will cease all operations on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. The hotel, all dining operations, gaming operations, and bowling alley will be closed. All events will be postponed.
  • All staff needed to perform critical services and work remotely that need additional resources should notify their immediate supervisor who will work with the chain of command, SUSS, and the IMT to resolve all logistical issues. This is especially applicable to computer needs and remote connectivity.
  • All staff identified for IMT operations and meetings must be available to assist the IMT when requested.
  • All Tribal buildings will be on lockdown with no public access.
  • This will remain in effect until further notice.

A summary of continuing core services for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found on the tribal websites, tribal social media, with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe COVID-19 Call Center, on KSUT Tribal radio, and by mail.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe COVID-19 Call Center

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe COVID-19 Call Center will remain active through the duration of the modified government services being provided. Tribal members can reach the call center by dialing 970.563.0214. Calls regarding medical concerns should use extensions 2651 and 2654; calls with general questions or concerns should use extensions 2652 and 2667. Call center hours of operation are 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., 7 days a week until further direction is mandated by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe (IMT). In additional to fielding calls, the call center will be making proactive calls to Tribal Elders, the disabled and high-risk tribal membership.

Tribal Staff Self-Screening Protocol

Southern Ute Tribal staff identified to report to their workstations are required to take their temperature with a thermometer to accurately provide symptom information. If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, including COVID-19 symptoms, staff must call their supervisor and consult their primary healthcare provider for COVID-19 screening or access the telemedicine consultation services from Anthem found here (https://livehealthonline.com) If your response is “no” to all questions and symptoms, staff are required to report to work.

Exposure-related Questions

  • Have you traveled in the last two weeks, if yes, where?
  • Has any member of your family traveled anywhere in the last two weeks, if yes, where?
  • Have you or a family member been in contact with a COVID-19 positive patient?

Are you currently experiencing any of the following symptoms?

  • Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Abnormal fatigue

 

“As the Tribal Chairman, I hold the lives of the tribal staff, tribal membership, and their families, as well as the tribal resources in my hands. Making the decision to modify tribal services and business operations to an even greater degree was made by prioritizing the health, safety and welfare of the entire tribal membership and tribal staff. We each have a responsibility to attempt to limit the exposure of COVID-19, especially to the Tribal Elders and the high-risk population of the Southern Ute Tribal membership and our community. Modifying tribal services and business operations and asking tribal staff to work from home will help “flatten the curve”, thereby reducing the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, and putting additional stress on the healthcare system. Please stay home, take this time to enjoy your loved ones. This time can be spent sharing our traditions and culture with those in your household,” stated Chairman Sage.

If you are a tribal member and concerned about your symptoms, please contact your primary care provider or call the Southern Ute Health Center at 970.563.4581 to speak with a health care professional.

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20200322 – Chairman Christine Sage restricts in-person tribal operations to limit exposure of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

NEWS RELEASE: Tribe to cease non-essential tribal government operations due to outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Christine Sage, Chairman – 970.563.0100

Amy Barry, SUIT IMT PIO – 970.563.2281

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2020 – 11:00A.M.

 

Tribe to cease non-essential tribal government operations due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – The Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Incident Management Team (IMT) continue to work on the organizational response to the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as stated in the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council release dated Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

In response to the rapidly developing events surrounding COVID-19 the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Permanent Fund government will modify the programs and services to ensure the protection and safety of tribal members, tribal employees, and our community. This decision was not made hastily, rather through dialogue with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s IMT, local, state, and federal healthcare agencies. Key Permanent Fund staff have been delegated the responsibility of identifying critical government operations. The identified operations will be modified in accordance with the recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) which includes social distancing and congregated groups no larger than 10 people and at least 6 feet apart. Social distancing includes limits on person-to-person contact, group meetings, and other social activities.

The Southern Ute Permanent Fund non-essential functions have also been identified. If staff have not already been identified by the IMT or delegated by the tribal administration to carry out specific business, will be directed to remain home and safe until further notice is given. A list of specific service modifications will be forthcoming.

The Southern Ute Growth Fund is also operating via a modified business continuity plan. On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 all non-essential staff were identified and began working remotely.

The Sky Ute Casino Resort has temporarily closed the gaming operations, Rolling Thunder Grill, Rolling Thunder Lanes, Seven Rivers Bingo Hall, Seven Rivers Steak Seafood Spirits and Shining Mountain Café. The hotel and restaurant, Willows Café Bistro, will remain open until further notice. Willows Café Bistro will operate from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., 7 days a week. The hotel fitness center and pool will be closed.

The three priorities of the IMT remain the task at hand. The Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council continues to prioritize communication with the tribal membership as the details of the COVID-19 progresses.

The Southern Ute COVID-19 Call Center will remain live through the duration of the modified government services being provided.  The call center hours of operation are 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., 7 days a week until further direction is mandated by the Incident Management Team (IMT). In addition to fielding calls, the call center will be making proactive calls to Tribal Elders, the disabled, and high-risk tribal membership.

If you are a tribal member and concerned about your symptoms, please contact your primary care provider or call the Southern Ute Health Center at 970.563.4581 to speak with a health care professional.

 

** This information is being released in conjunction with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Incident Management Team Public Information Officer (PIO), Ms. Amy Barry.

 

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20200320 – Tribe to cease non-essential tribal government operations due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Southern Ute Indian Tribe response to the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

 

Southern Ute Indian Tribe response to the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2020 – 02:00 P.M.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Christine Sage, Chairman – 970.563.0100

Amy Barry, SUIT IMT PIO – 970.563.2281

 

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – The Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council, in conjunction with the enacted Southern Ute Indian Tribe Incident Management Team (IMT), has been diligently working on the organizational response to the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Tribal information has been detailed in a video that is now available on the Tribal Facebook. Identical information has been transcribed in three documents (letter addressed to the tribal membership, Q&A on COVID-19, and Q&A on Tribal Resources) and have been made available on the tribal websites (both the public website and the Tribal Member Portal), to KSUT Tribal Radio, and on the Tribe’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe IMT has established a Call Center for both medical and general questions related to COVID-19. Individuals should dial 970.563.0214 and input extensions 2651 and 2654 for all medical related questions and extensions 2652 and 2667 for all general questions.

The Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council would also like to provide confidential financial information to the Tribal Membership to address concerns and respond to questions. This information will be available in the following ways: on the Tribal Member Portal and upon request. Requests for this information can be made to Tribal Council Communication Specialist, Ms. Lindsay J. Box at 970.563.2313 or via email at lbox@southernute-nsn.gov.

If you are a tribal member and concerned about your symptoms, please contact your primary care provider or call the Southern Ute Health Center at 970.563.4581 to speak with a health care professional.

 

** This information is being released in conjunction with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Incident Management Team Public Information Officer (PIO), Ms. Amy Barry.

 

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Tribal Members should head to the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Facebook page to find the video in which Tribal Council addresses the Tribe’s response to the recent outbreak and sharing of tribal resource information.

A hard copy version can be found below:

Letter to the Membership

Q&A on COVID-19

Q&A Tribal ResourcesLetter to the Membership

NOTICE: Free Breakfast & Lunch!

Ignacio School District will be providing free breakfast and lunch for students under the age of 19. These meals will be provided at the remote locations from 11 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and at the High School from 11 a.m. until noon on weekdays.

No meals will be provided during Spring break (March 23 – March 27). These meals are grab and go and will meet the nutritional requirements of the USDA both breakfast and lunch will be provided at the same time.

Please fill out the online meal order form weekly at: https://forms.gle/M3WYs3C9deC7jXXL8 (Found on the web page www.ignacioschools.org) or leave your meal order request on the voicemail of (970)563-0653 we will need name, phone number, number of meals and pickup location.

Remote locations include: Allison Church Oxford Grange 318 Fire Station Ignacio High School (Southeast Door #8 Near Library\Bus Drop off)

Sincerely, Rocco Fuschetto, Ed.D.