Sioux Valley tightest lockdown yet, VOC a worry

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation has battled COVID-19 last winter and early spring. About a week ago roadblocks had been taken down, however, as of April 22 Sioux Valley’s roadblocks were back up.

A variant of concern is associated with exposures within the reserve and with over a half-dozen cases of COVID in the community, Chief and Council published a printed bulletin describing an alternating series of 3-Day and 2-Day lockdowns from April 23 – May 17.

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Highway 21 is passable, but along with the physical roadblocks to prevent traffic from entering the residential area, a Sioux Valley First Nation Safety Officer is on patrol, and handing out information.

Information on the lockdowns is on Sioux Valley’s Facebook:

The 3-day lockdown means – stay home. No visiting.

The 2-day relaxed lockdown enables one household member to shop for essentials in either Virden, Brandon or Alexander only. And, curb-side pick-up is encouraged.

Throughout the three weeks, there’s a nightly curfew between 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Through COVID-19 Bulletin #410 we are informed there are 19 new cases in Prairie Mountain Health region on Friday, Aprill 23. Public health advises of possible exposures to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern at Sioux Valley Community Church, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation at 11 a.m. on April 11.

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