News Release

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

SWO DARE Covid-19 Response Team 

What is known as the “California Variant” of COVID-19 is now being reported in Roberts County, home of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. This new strain has a spike protein that enables the virus to bind on to and enter human cells. One of the mutations is thought to increase the infectivity of the virus.

The variant actually comes in two forms, known as B.1.427 and B.1.429, both of which carry a similar, albeit slightly differing, set of genetic mutations—including three that affect the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Scientists think B.1.427/B.1.429 first emerged in late spring or summer of 2020 first being detected by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, in December. It has now been found in at least 45 U.S. states and several countries around the world including our reservation.

We want to encourage the Oyate to rigorously continue and practice all CDC recommended precautions now more than ever. Wear a mask. Wash your hands frequently and Watch your distance when out in public. If you are vaccinated, it is still very vital for you to keep up the 3w’s and recommended you limit travel high risk areas. All ages 18 and over are now eligible to have access to the COVID-19 vaccine and can be scheduled at various healthcare facilities throughout the area.

If you or someone in your home needs assistance while in quarantine, please contact the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate DARE COVID-19 Hotline at 605-698-8249.

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