AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR OUR COMMUNITY

The SNI GIS Department has put together a COVID-19 response website to ensure our community has access to timely and accurate information. Click here for the Seneca Nation Coronavirus Response Hub.

If you would like to join the Seneca Nation Emergency Notification System please click to learn more about the Regroup Messaging System.

As cases of COVID-19 increase in our area, remember that you or someone you encounter may have the virus and not know it or display symptoms. There are many ways to prevent infection and stop the spread. Whether you feel healthy or not- stay home, wash your hands often, and avoid close contact with people outside of your household (stay 6 feet apart).

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, dry cough, or shortness of breath, or have any concerns about your health, call your primary care provider to be assessed. Patients of the Lionel R. John Health Center can call (716) 945-5894 and patients of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Health Center can call (716) 532-5582.

Health System

The Seneca Nation Health System (SNHS) provides comprehensive health services to the Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara (except the Tonawanda and Tuscarora Territories) Counties in the State of New York, and Warren County in the State of Pennsylvania. Health services are offered to all those persons within the Purchased/Referred Care Service Delivery Area (PRCSDA) and are defined as eligible under federal and tribal guidelines. Services have been available since the SNHS was established on April 1, 1976. From the beginning, the SNHS has been based on the needs of the people and has continued to grow and expand its available services to serve the changing needs of our community.

Health care service is provided through the Lionel R. John Health Center (LRJHC) on the Allegany Territory and the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Health Center (CIRHC) and the Community Health and Wellness Center (CHWC) on the Cattaraugus Territory.

The SNHS operates two community health centers that provide comprehensive primary care in the treatment and prevention of acute and chronic illnesses and/or injuries to all service-eligible Native Americans. The health program consists of the following components: Medical, Diabetes, Dental, Optical, Pharmacy, Behavioral Health, Child and Family Services, HOPE (Health, Outreach, Prevention and Education), and Environmental and Public Health/Engineering Services.

These components provide the following range of services: family health care, prenatal care, health maintenance and prevention screenings, well baby and child care, laboratory, pharmacy, nutrition and dietary counseling, family planning, health education, prescription exercise, transportation services, mental health and substance abuse counseling, outreach and environmental health.

Supplemental urgent care is provided on a referral arrangement and contractual basis when a patient/client's needs cannot be met at the health centers. Services are provided by a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals including staff physicians, pharmacists, clinical nurses, family nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, optometrists, nutritionists, social workers, medical records professionals, and other additional support staff.

Important Message Regarding Bluestone COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Results

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The following is an important message from the Seneca Nation Health System regarding Bluestone COVID-19 diagnostic test results.

For testing participants: your results will be posted within the Bluestone phone app as soon as they are available (typically within 24-48 hours of sample collection, except for Saturday testing events). If you are unable to retrieve your results, or if you would like to request documentation of your results you may contact Bluestone directly, their contact information is located below.

Bluestone
Email: info@bluestonesafe.com
Phone: 760-297-6863

Alternatively, you may contact the Seneca Nation Health System's Medical Unit at the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Health Center by calling 532-5582or the Medical Unit at the Lionel R. John Health Center by calling 945-5894 for your results or to request documentation.

To ensure privacy and confidentiality of testing results, there is a limited number of staff at the Seneca Nation Health System who have access to the Bluestone dashboard results so please be patient when making any request. The Health System is not able to download test results or get a document from the dashboard for an individual participant. If any written documentation is needed the Health System staff have been using a templated letter as a way of documenting results for those who request it.

Seneca Nation COVID-19 Cumulative Test Results

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The COVID-19 data published below shows the cumulative testing results of the Seneca Nation Health System, along with results from Bluestone testing on November 7, 2020 at the Cattaraugus Community Center. Please be aware the Seneca Nation Health System is only reporting on tests administered at or ordered by their facilities. The Seneca Nation Health System began using the Abbott ID NOW for rapid testing and Quest Diagnostics for send out testing on April 20, 2020.  BinaxNOW for rapid testing began on October, 21 2020.  

The Seneca Nation advises our community members to remember safe practices during the pandemic; it is important to keep everyone healthy. Our multigenerational housing leaves our most cherished populations of youth and elders at risk. Remain vigilant on following guidance to avoid or limit your exposure to those outside of your household: physically distance at least 6 feet, wash hands frequently, avoid large gatherings, and mask up.

COVID Testing Numbers 11_12_20

As a reminder to our community, please review this SNHS video on COVID Safety, health privacy, and HIPAA compliance.