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AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR OUR COMMUNITY

The Seneca Nation GIS Department has put together a Coronavirus response website hub to ensure our community has access to timely and accurate information.

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.

Important Message: How To Fill Prescriptions & Cash SNI Checks

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Please be advised that all checks issued by the Seneca Nation can be cashed at Keybank. The Seneca Nation Federal Credit Union is open but with limited service.

All Seneca Nation prescriptions can be filled at any Rite-Aid location but patients need to call the health system and follow the instructions for getting their doctor to forward their prescriptions to the right pharmacy.

Seneca Nation Announces Confirmed Case of COVID-19

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ALLEGANY TERRITORY, SALAMANCA, N.Y. – The Seneca Nation announced that a non-Seneca employee of the Seneca Nation Health System has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The individual is a resident of Erie County who had limited patient contact at the Health System and last reported to work on Thursday, March 12. The employee showed no symptoms at that time, but began to feel ill later that evening. The individual has not returned to Seneca territory since that time. No other workers at the Health System have shown any symptoms to date.

“Last night, we were notified that an employee of our Health System has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19,” said Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong, Sr. “That individual showed excellent judgment in remaining away from the Health System and away from Seneca territory upon feeling ill, and our thoughts are with them. We will work cooperatively with Erie County health officials to provide any information we can, in order to assist all necessary response and notification measures.”

As of today, the Nation has closed the Allegany Health Center, the Cattaraugus Health Center, and the Cattaraugus Wellness Center, and will conduct deep cleaning procedures at each facility. Workers entering the buildings will continue to be temperature screened, as all visitors have been for the past several days. The Nation will seek guidance of health officials pertaining to the re-opening of the Health System facilities. Individuals in need of services should call their primary care provider.

In keeping with the Nation’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, which the Nation has implemented over the past several days, President Armstrong has officially issued a State of Emergency on Seneca Nation Territories. The order will allow the Nation to access additional federal funding sources to aid in its response efforts.

“Protecting the health and welfare of our people, especially our elders and our vulnerable populations, remains our highest priority,” President Armstrong said. “A task force of professionals from across Seneca Nation government continues working tirelessly to implement wide-ranging prevention and response efforts on our territories. Together, we will continue to aggressively monitor the situation on our territories and within our surrounding communities to take every responsible precaution to safeguard the Seneca people.”

In addition to the measures announced today, President Armstrong has previously instituted travel restrictions for all Nation officials and employees, issued work-from-home and stand-by leave orders for Nation employees, adjusted the delivery of many on-territory services, canceled public activities, closed Nation facilities, and restricted outside visitation to the Nation’s territories.

“I have said before that this unprecedented situation requires an unprecedented response, and that’s what we are seeing,” President Armstrong added. “The Seneca people can rest assured that every thoughtful decision is being made with our community in mind. We will get through this together.”

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COVID-19: An Important Message From Seneca Nation Health System

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This is an important message from the Seneca Nation Health System regarding our operations in response to COVID-19. In order to reduce the impact on our community we are taking additional measures to control the movement of patients and staff within our buildings.

  • We ask that patients please call ahead before coming to the health system for your appointment or to receive services.
  • If you have a routine or non-emergent appointment, please be aware that your appointment may be rescheduled.
  • Our Medical Unit is not able to test for COVID-19, your primary care provider along with the county health department will determine whether you are a candidate for testing.
  • We are utilizing one main entrance into our buildings in order to conduct temperature checks.
  • All group programs and events, including support groups held at our facilities and exercise appointments are cancelled for the next 4 weeks until 4/13/2020.

The situation is changing day to day, we have information for community members regarding health precautions and cleaning on our website at senecahealth.org. Important updates will be communicated with you as our response develops in the coming days and weeks.

Nya:weh,
SNHS Administration

Notice To Patients 3.17.20

SNI Sponsored Events Canceled Until Further Notice

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The Seneca Nation is responsible for the health, safety, and well-being of our members, residents, and employees and is taking precautions to reduce impact of COVID-19 on our community. By Executive Order, all Seneca Nation sponsored events are canceled until further notice. 

Seneca Nation Announces Temporary Closure of Gaming Facilities

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ALLEGANY TERRITORY, SALAMANCA, N.Y. – In the ongoing response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic locally, statewide and across the country, the Seneca Nation Council, in consultation with the Seneca Gaming Corporation and Seneca Gaming & Entertainment, has decided to suspend operations at all of the Nation’s gaming facilities, effective at 8 p.m. today. The directive applies to the Nation’s three casino resort properties in Niagara Falls, Salamanca, and Buffalo, as well as the Seneca Gaming & Entertainment operations in Irving, Salamanca, and Cuba.

“The COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented public safety situation that requires an unprecedented response,” said Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong, Sr. “Given the number of people who visit and work at our facilities, I believe it is in the best interest to suspend our gaming operations until further notice. We are keeping the health and safety of our workers, our guests and our communities above all else.”

In addition to the temporary suspension of its gaming operations, President Armstrong announced various temporary closures of on-territory facilities and changes to identified services, effective immediately. Essential services, such as the elders’ meal program, health services and emergency services will continue, but may be adjusted to reduce unnecessary contact.

“Our sole focus, as a Nation, is to do everything practicable to ensure the health and safety of every Seneca Nation member to the best of our ability,” said President Armstrong said. “We will do whatever possible and responsible to ensure that our people, particularly our elders, continue to receive the services they need. That is our commitment. The measures going into effect today, while significant, are, in our determination, necessary and appropriate to safeguard the health and welfare of our people and our territories with as little disruption to our people, including our Nation employees, and the quality of life on our territories as we can control.”

“As a unified Seneca community, it is incumbent upon each of us to adjust to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and to do everything we can to keep ourselves, our families and our territories safe while the full public response to this situation plays out,” President Armstrong added. “As we continue to work together, I am confident that the Seneca Nation, our people, and our territories will withstand this unprecedented public health event as strongly and effectively as possible.”

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Planning & Protocol Announcement

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In response to concerns regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Seneca Nation is collaborating with Seneca Nation Health Systems and Emergency Management, as well as many other key departments and outside entities to establish protocols and ensure preparedness. The objective is to limit impacts should the virus effect our communities.

As the situation continues to evolve, we will continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus while coordinating a response that will be implemented for all Seneca Nation properties. Our goal is to mitigate the impact it may have on the community’s overall health. It is important that we all collaborate in preventing the spread of this virus, which includes participation from the community. Informational updates will be provided to the public to increase awareness and preparedness. The health of our people and communities are the priority.

Below is information regarding the virus and how we can help prevent it from affecting our communities.

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus that was first detected in China and has spread to almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States.

THE KEY TO PREVENTION IS:

• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds,
• Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or disposable paper product instead of the inside area of your elbow, or your hands,
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth,
• Avoid close contact with people (high fives, handshakes, etc..),
• Stay at home when you are sick, and
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. (refer to the CDC website for recommended cleaning products to use)

Symptoms associated with COVID-19 appear 2 to 14 days after exposure. The new strain of Coronavirus resembles the seasonal influenza, with a fever, dry cough with an added shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. If you are exhibiting signs of the virus, it is recommended to call your doctor for an over-the-phone consultation. Do not go to a medical care facility.

It is important to note that facemasks should only be utilized by people who show symptoms of COVID-19, healthcare professionals or in-home caretakers. It is not necessary at this time for the public to wear masks or respirators.

More information will be shared with the public as we develop a thorough response to this issue. There are no known cases in our immediate area, but we stress the importance of being proactive and taking all preventative measures.

For further information and to stay apprised of the most up to date information, please see the following CDC link:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CORONAVIRUS - Final

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