Updated April 7, 2020 @ 4:05pm
If you have any COVID-19 related questions or suggestions regarding this site, please email us at [email protected] or fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
GPTCHB COVID-19 materials are now available for download and printing:
- COVID-19 Overview Flyer (11″x17″)
- COVID-19 Overview Tri-Fold Pamphlet (8.5″x11″, double-sided)
- COVID-19 Prevention Flyer (8.5″x11″, single-sided)
- COVID-19 Symptoms Flyer (8.5″x11″, single-sided)
- COVID-19 – Keeping the Home Safe Flyer (Version 2 – 5.5″x8.5″, two per page, single-sided)
- COVID-19 Overview Magnet
- COVID-19 Prevention Magnet
GPTEC can support the printing of these flyers by request… please reach out to [email protected] to request printed copies.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Get the latest information through CDC’s Situation Summary
Check out CDC’s “Frequently Asked Questions” for:
- How it Spreads
- How to Protect Yourself
- Symptoms & Testing
- and More
The best way to protect yourself and your family is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, and use at least 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Making and using cloth face coverings (including DIY instructions)
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure
- Shortness of breath
- Funeral Guidance during COVID-19 Memo (GPTCHB)
- Funeral Guidance during COVID-19 brochure (GPTCHB)
- Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation (CDC)
Take steps to protect others.
- Stay home and isolate as much as possible
- Wear a face mask when around others
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean your hands often by washing or using hand sanitizer
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, and avoid sharing personal household items
- Keep an eye on your symptoms
- If visiting your health provider or seeking care, call ahead
COVID-19 in the Great Plains
Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center is engaged in a variety of efforts to contribute to preparedness for, monitoring of, and response to Coronavirus, including:
- Providing information, including culturally- and locally-tailored information when possible
- Bringing federal, state, tribal, and other partners together to support coordination and alignment
- Responding to Coronavirus-related requests for support
State Health Departments in the Great Plains Area are actively monitoring and responding to COVID-19 within their respective areas, and offer a variety of state and national resources via their dedicated pages.
As the situation evolves rapidly, the best way to track cases, outcomes, and other information is to check out existing resources available online from the CDC and others, which are updated frequently.
Resources for Clinics and Providers
For Healthcare Facilities
- Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take
- Interim Guidance for Healthcare Facilities
- Preventing COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities
- Hospital Preparedness Assessment Tool
- Infection Control
- Mitigating Staff Shortages
- What Healthcare Providers Should Know
- Persons Under Investigation (PUI), clinical care, infection control, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and home care guidance
- FAQs for Healthcare Providers
- Testing in the United States
- For providers requesting testing from South Dakota Department of Health – 1-800-592-1861
- Requests for Diagnostic Tools and Virus
- FAQs for Laboratories
- Talking with Children During an Infectious Disease Outbreak (SAMHSA)
- Talking with Children about COVID-19 (CDC)
- South Dakota helpline center – check out their COVID-19 page, or call 2-1-1
It is important for businesses and employers to be prepared for the Coronavirus in terms of its potential impact on employees, services, and operations.
Discuss Coronavirus with your Employees and Create a Response Plan
Cleaning Guidelines for Facilitates with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease
Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board passed a Coronavirus-related Temporary Suspension of Nonessential Business Travel on March 11, 2020.
If you are interested in taking similar action, please see GPTCHB’s policy memo as a possible example.
If you have additional questions…
- Check out CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions and Answers page
- Contact your State Health Department
- Contact us at Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center
- Contact the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) or TTY (888) 232-6348
- Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET (English and Spanish)
- CORONAVIRUS ONLY – Saturday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET (English)