February 2nd, 2023

Mass testing begins on Cheyenne River

A man getting tested for COVID-19.

Mass testing for coronavirus has resulted in no additional positive cases on Cheyenne River. The Cheyenne River Health Center, in collaboration with CRST Tribal Health, began mass testing essential tribal employees and businesses who have direct and frequent contact with the public.

Tribal law enforcement and medical personnel have also been tested, said CRST Chairman Harold Frazier.

As of Tuesday, 386 tests were administered with 385 negative results and the one positive result from April. That patient has since been released from hospital and is home on Cheyenne River.

The 643 available test kits at the Eagle Butte Service Unit are a collection of kits that can deliver results in as little as 30 minutes.

There are 110 ID NOW test kits which can produce results within minutes, and over 20 kits are from the State of South Dakota, which require collected specimen to be sent to the State lab for testing. The remaining kits are a collection from various labs, including the Mayo Clinic.