Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Health Department efforts in mitigating COVID-19 pandemic

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Tribe has approved additional preventative and proactive measures

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Pascua Yaqui Tribe

In an effort to ensure the most effective response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Pascua Yaqui Tribe has approved additional preventative and proactive measures to the previous measures of March 13, March 17 and March 23, for the health and well-being of the Pascua Yaqui tribal communities;

  1. Effective April 3, 2020 Stay At Home Executive Order has been issued, this order modifies Executive Order 20-01.
  2. The Tribe’s continued efforts to mitigate, minimize and prevent the spread of COVID-19 the reopening of the Tribal Government Offices and return to work date has been extended to May 1, 2020. Casino Del Sol Resort will remain temporary closed till April 30, 2020.
  3. The Health Drug Lab testing reduce hours of operation from 5:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon on Monday and Friday and from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  4. The Tribal Government Lenten Closure starts on April 9 – April 13, 2020, Unified Incident Command will monitor activities and respond appropriately.
  5. The El Rio Clinic Pascua Yaqui Tribal Site will remain open from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, close for lunch 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. The Pharmacy hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Please note hours on the 1 and 3 Wednesday every month opens at 9:00 a.m. Phone: 520 879-6225.

As we seek to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and to support the health of our community, an Executive Order has instituted a curfew, closed parks and recreation areas, and instituted other measures to keep our community safe. We recognize that this will present difficulties for many as there are significant stressors impacting Tribal communities, including feeling isolated and anxious, concerns about finances, challenges in relationships, difficulties for children adjusting to being out of school and coping with the changes in the Ceremonies. 

The Centered Spirit program encourages community members to reach out for support, to discuss tips for coping and to address any emotional needs that have resulted from the COVID-19 situation.

Centered Spirit has several locations, including the main office at New Pascua and satellite clinics at St. Mary’s and Guadalupe. Although staff are working reduced hours, calls will be answered between the hours of 8 am – 5 pm. After 5 pm, calls to the crisis line will be answered by EMPACT at 520 591-7206.

Centered Spirit can be reached at the following:

  • Centered Spirit – Main (New Pascua): 520-879-6060 Crisis: 591-7206
  • Centered Spirit – St. Mary’s: 520.879.5450
  • Centered Spirit – Guadalupe: 480-768-2000 Crisis: 480-736-4943
  • Sewa U’usim PAL Warmline – 520 328-6982 or 520 328-9117

The Pascua Yaqui Tribal Health Department is in regular communication with state and county Health Departments, El Rio Community Center and Indian Health Service for COVID-19 updates, technical assistance and guidance.

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe governmental planning and organization preparation relating to appropriate measures will continue to be monitored and appropriate action will be taken to protect the health and safety of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

About The Pascua Yaqui Tribe

The Yaqui people are among the original inhabitants of the Sonoran Desert region, extending from the Gila River in present day Arizona to the Rio Yaqui valley in Sonora, Mexico. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona is a United States Historic Tribe that includes nine officially recognized communities in Arizona in and between the Tucson and Phoenix metropolitan areas. The Tribe’s administrative center is located on Tribal Trust Lands southwest of Tucson. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is part of the sovereign and indigenous Yaqui Nation that spans the United States/Mexico border and the Tribe maintains close association with the Yaqui communities in the eight sacred villages along the Yaqui River. There are approximately 22,000 registered members of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. For additional information, visit

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