On June 8, 2020, the Yuma County Area Transit YCAT confirmed that one of our YCAT employees have tested positive for COVID-19. It is not confirmed that the exposure happened while on duty, but it is important that we remain vigilant in our effort to reduce the spread. Employee’s last date at work was May 30, 2020.
Cocopah Emergency Manager Mike Fila and Ft. Yuma Health Care Center Incident Commander Jeremy B. Woodruff have details about COVID 19 testing.
The Fort Yuma Health Care Center is located on the Quechan Tribe Indian Reservation in Winterhaven, California.
You may view the video by clicking here: Covid-19 Testing At FYHCC
Out of an abundance of caution and transparency, we want to share with our community that on 05/28/2020 two employees have tested positive for Covid19. Within the past 24 hours, we’ve taken immediate action to connect with those who were potentially exposed. The employees are currently under self-quarantine as recommended by CDC guidelines.
As a precautionary measure, other staff members who were in close contact with these employees have been notified to be tested and self-isolate by staying at home. Staff are taking appropriate precautions and practicing infection control to prevent any possible spread of the virus. The health and safety of our staff and the community are our number one priority. The Quechan Tribe will continue to follow the CDC guidelines.
The Quechan Indian Tribe
The Quechan Indian Tribe is Seeking Letters of Interest from Enrolled Tribal Members for the following Committees that are still in need of members:
- Advisory Committee (Language) - Open
- Pageant - (1) Vacant
- Impact Aide - (5) Vacant
- Legislative - (2) Vacant
- Health Committee - (3) Vacant
- Higher Education - (2) Vacant
- Culture Committee - (1) Vacant
OPEN UNTIL FILLED
Please submit letters of interest to: Regina Escalanti, Tribal Council Secretary of the Tribal Administration Office
Monday - Friday During the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM at our facilities (both swab & antibody)
Swab - Drive-thru
Antibody - by appointment only
(928) 236-8001 Somerton
(928) 722-6112 San Luis
All insurance accepted and no one will be denied for inability to pay.
Somerton: 950 Main Street
San Luis: 1896 Babbitt Lane
San Luis Urgent Care: 1233 Main Street (Everyday including Saturdays from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM)
Due to a confirmed case in our community the Quechan Tribe will cancel full traditional funeral rites. Funerals may take place under the Big House Ramada up to an hour before cremation.
This will remain in effect until further notice.
Remember to: stay in place, maintain your space and cover your face.
DUE TO A CONFIRMED CASE IN OUR COMMUNITY THE QUECHAN TRIBE HAS DECIDED TO CANCEL ALL COMMUNITY EVENTS, UPCOMING MEMORIAL CEREMONIES, BBQ AND 4TH OF JULY FESTIVITIES.
THIS WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
REMEMBER TO, STAY IN PLACE, MAINTAIN YOUR SPACE AND COVER YOUR FACE.
QUECHAN TRIBAL COUNCIL
The Quechan Indian Tribe has been informed of a community member testing positive for COVID-19. The Tribal Council recognizes the severity of this public health emergency and is concerned about the welfare of our tribal members. We are committed to the continued response to this unprecedented pandemic.
Due to this recent development, it is with the upmost urgency that the Tribal Council mandates a Public Health Emergency "Stay at Home Order" requiring all residents of the Quechan Indian Tribe to remain home and minimize contact to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. We ask for you to only travel for essential items, medications and limit interactions with each other.
There are people still being out in public and putting each other at risk. This is a very serious situation and we need to urge all members of our community to STAY AT HOME now more than ever before. As more people go out in public, the greater the risk is for a massive health crisis for our community. We urge our tribal members to stay home to protect themselves and others, which will help our health care providers and our front line responders to take care of those who need urgent medical attention.
We ask that you consider the health of our elders, and those at high-risk. We must do our best to
remember COVID-19 is extremely dangerous for our elders, over 60, those with pre-existing medical conditions. (such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma)
The Tribal Council commits to continue the work on necessary protocol for business to maintain
operations as this crisis continues. We must all do our parts to slow the spread of this rapidly growing virus. At this time, those we require adherence to this temporary provision and restrictions that are set in place at this time, such as staying at home and only leaving for essential needs and continue to practice social distance and hygiene recommendations from CDC.
Jordan Joaquin, President
Quechan Tribal Council
ON BEHALF OF THE QUECHAN INDIAN TRIBE, THE TRIBAL COUNCIL FINDS IT NECESSARY TO CONTINUE TO SUSPEND TRIBAL OPERATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and growing disruptions to the daily lives of is customers, Imperial Irrigation District announces that it is temporarily suspending all electric service disconnections due to non-payment for residential and commercial customers until further notice.
The Quechan Tribal Council, with growing concern for the health and safety of our Tribal membership, guests, employees and the surrounding communities of Yuma and Imperial Counties we have made a decision to cease casino operations and reduce certain tribal programs and facilities in support of the nationwide effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The Quechan Utility Company holds no higher priority than the protection of our community's health and safety by the diligent operation and maintenance of the Quechan Tribe's drinking water system. Per the US Environmental Protection Agency's regulations for public water systems, our trained and certified operators carefully test each month the water produced by our two wells. The test results confirm that our water is safe to drink and to use for cooking, washing, and so on. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has not been detected in drinking water supplies, and based on current scientific evidence, the risk to water supplies is low.
In 2019, with funding and technical assistance from the Indian Health Service, the Tribe successfully developed a new well and completely refurbished an existing well. While our water is safe to drink, as confirmed by monthly test results and our Annual Reports, we acknowledge that it is also "hard", which affects quality but not safety. To address this and enhance the appeal and usefulness of our water, the Tribe is currently using grant funding to develop a drinking water treatment facility that will both disinfect and reduce the hardness of our water, with completion anticipated by late 2021. In the meantime, you can be confident that our water system is safe for use by you and your family and friends. Please contact Jeremy Douglas, Quechan Public Works Director, at (760) 572-0667 (office), (928) 920-4238 (cell), or Publicworksdirector@quechantribe.corn, with any comments or questions.