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The impact of COVID-19 in 2021

In this special edition of the Indian Country Today newscast, we're taking a look at the coronavirus pandemic in 2021, hearing from survivors and health experts

One of the stories we reported this year was about 4-year-old Stella Martin. She contracted COVID-19 and her long battle with the virus left her paralyzed. ICT's Aliyah Chavez reports about her recovery, and about the generous donations that were given to Stella.

Dr. Joseph Lashley, Chickasaw, had been among other healthcare workers at the frontlines of the pandemic. In April 2020 — a month after COVID ramped up in the U.S.— he says he began feeling sick. He had tested positive. Shortly after, he was put on a ventilator where he stayed for 39 days. ICT's Mark Trahant interviewed Lashley earlier this year.

When COVID hit, the U.S. government passed emergency laws to help citizens get through the financial hardships. That ended up resulting in tribal nations getting major aid. National Congress of American Indians CEO Dante Desiderio says "it's not a question anymore of whether or not you include Indian Country. It's a question of how much you include Indian Country." 

Victor Lopez-Carmen is a third year medical student at Harvard University. He shares what it feels like to be a doctor in training during COVID.

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