COVID-19 outbreak reported in Akwesasne: name change referendum postponed, facilities closed to public


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AKWESASNE, N.Y. (WWTI) — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is reporting an outbreak of COVID-19 in the region.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center has reported an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Akwesasne. The EOC reported 11 new cases on November 6, 2020, making the total number of cases 22.

Following this report, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Council and the Tribal Election Board announced that the Name Change Referendum scheduled for November 14, 2020, is to be postponed. According to the council, a new date will be scheduled when they believe it is “safe to proceed.”

The following COVID-19 statistics are the most current for the Akwesasne community.

  • 2,806 total tests
  • 33 positive results
  • 11 individuals recovered
  • 22 active cases
  • 2 hospitalization
  • 0 COVID-19 related death

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has confirmed that their Health Services, Franklin County Public Health Department and St. Lawrence County Public Health Department have conducted contact tracing following the recent confirmation.

Additional protective measures being taken by the Tribe Council and Emergency Operations Center to contain the outbreak include:

  • No social gatherings in uncontrolled environments
  • 30-day pause on in-home wakes
  • Outdoor gatherings limited to 25 people
  • COVID-19 capacity levels in businesses
  • Tribal facilities closed to the public starting November 9, 2020

Community members and non-Member employees of local businesses and schools can receive free COVID-19 testing at the following locations:

  • Massena Hospital at (315) 769-4321
  • Mountain Medical Services at Malone (518) 521- 3322, or Massena by appointment


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