School employee on Pine Ridge has COVID-19
PINE RIDGE, S.D. - A school employee on the Pine Ridge Reservation has a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
The president of Red Cloud Indian School posted on Facebook Tuesday that an employee of the Catholic school tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to the post, an employee of Our Lady of Lourdes elementary school in Porcupine and spouse traveled to California for a medical procedure on March 26. The couple returned the next day to begin a precautionary 14-day quarantine at their home on the school campus. The couple had no contact with anyone during that time, with all groceries and other supplies left outside their front door.
The worker began feeling sick and went on April 3 to the Indian Health Service hospital in Pine Ridge, where staff told the couple to travel to another facility in Martin.
The Rapid City Journal reports the employee’s preliminary test came back as positive on Tuesday, the same time the person began to experience respiratory distress. The employee is now being treated at a hospital in Rapid City. The spouse is also staying in Rapid City and will only return to Porcupine once their risk of infection has been ruled out.