Current COVID-19 testing efforts on the Mescalero Apache reservation

by Mescalero Apache Tribe | May 24, 2020 1:54 pm

Today, with the help of the Indian Health Service (IHS), New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), and New Mexico National Guard (National Guard), the Mescalero Apache Tribe was able to conduct mass testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Reservation. Over 600 individuals were tested today alone. Since the first positive case on the Reservation on May 21st, over 800 total tests have been conducted.

Thank you to the community members who stepped up and volunteered to test! Thank you IHS, NMDOH, and the National Guard for your help. Thank you to Tribal Leadership, Tribal Conservation and Center Maintenance staff for your help as well! With everyone’s help, we were able to mobilize for this event in less than 24 hours. The Tribe is grateful for all of your efforts – great work!  

As of today there are 4 positive cases of coronavirus in Mescalero. Keep an eye out for more updates on the number of tests and positive results on the Tribe’s official website and Facebook page.

Please note: due to the overwhelming number of tests, results may be delayed for some individuals for several days.

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