The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is reporting a total of 15 currently active cases of COVID-19. The Nation has confirmed 25 cases since testing began in May 2020. The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Health Center continues to work in partnership with the Jackson County Health Department to identify any potential contacts who may have been exposed.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever or any symptoms, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
The Nation strongly encourages all individuals to practice physical and social distancing i.e. maintaining 6 feet of space between individuals and refraining from activities with large groups of people, frequent hand washing, the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wearing masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Wearing masks has proven to work in limiting the spread of COVID-19 as indicated in data released on August 5, 2020, by secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Dr. Lee Norman. Based on the 105 counties in Kansas, the 16 counties that have complied with a mask order have seen a downward trend in COVID-19 cases, while the remaining 89 have trended up. Wearing a mask not only assists in your personal health, it also benefits the lives around you.
The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation government remains in the third phase of re-opening, with all employees, vendors and guests required to have their temperature taken prior to entering a building and the expectation to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.