For updates on the SNI response to Covid-19, click here to visit the Seneca Nation Coronavirus Response Hub.

To receive important updates via phone & text, click here and learn about the Regroup Messaging System.

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.

Presidential Update 1/15/21

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President Pagels gives an update on the Seneca Nation Health System’s ongoing vaccination efforts, testing statistics, and upcoming community testing events. He also offers condolence on the passing of Joe Crangle, who served as legal counsel to the Nation for many years.

Presidential Update 1/11/2021

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President Pagels gives the latest COVID-19 statistics and upcoming testing dates for the Seneca Nation. He also announces a weekly virtual information session about COVID response/vaccination efforts, the formation of a Climate Change Task Force, and the Nation’s new Twitter account.

Presidential Update 12/21/20

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President Pagels offers condolences on the passing of 3 community members over the weekend. As some were from COVID-19, he urges everyone to do their part to stop the spread during the holiday season. He notes that the Seneca Nation is awaiting word from the Indian Health Service about vaccine distribution, and reminds everyone about today’s mask and sanitizer distribution, as well as upcoming testing events and the Elder’s Holiday Drive-Thru.

Presidential Update 12/17/20

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President Pagels gives an update on COVID-19 testing statistics, precautionary closures of community centers and day care facilities until the end of the year, and additional testing dates. He also gives details about the upcoming drive through meal and mask holiday distributions for elders and speaks on state education cutbacks that affect Seneca students in local school districts.

Upcoming COVID-19 Community Testing Information (Updated)

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The next round of weekly saliva testing for COVID-19 starts December 21st and 22nd and will go through January.

Monday’s 3pm to 5pm at the Seneca Fire Hall on Cattaraugus Territory
Tuesday’s 3pm to 5pm at the Allegany DPW garage

You MUST PRE-REGISTER with Bluestone for the community testing events.

Use client code SenecaGov and user ID 3030.

There will be limited staff to assist elders and those without smartphones with registration. Be sure to follow the instructions from Bluestone and bring your smartphone to the testing event. Questions regarding testing can be directed to Emergency Management Director Mike Gates at 716-244-0820 or

All positive results will receive a phone call. Negative results will get an email and text message. Bluestone is working directly with the Seneca Nation Health System to track results. 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, Bluestone Email: Bluestone 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 532-5582 or the Medical Unit at the Lionel R. John Health Center by calling 945-5894 for your results 48 hours after your test or to request documentation. Seneca Nation employees DO NOT need to provide testing documentation to return to work if they have negative test results.

Presidential Update 12/7/20

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President Pagels gives an update on upcoming COVID-19 testing, as well as training for those interested in helping with testing efforts. He stresses the importance of everyone doing their part to stop the spread as Seneca EMS and local hospitals are all being stretched to their capacity due to the pandemic.

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