"We are not ready for this"

Tribes struggle to deal with COVID-19

 

Last updated 4/7/2020 at 1:21pm

Dean Seneca

"I can easily transfer that virus over to you," said Dean Seneca, who works with the Centers for Disease Control's Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. "And that's very unique with this virus."

WASHINGTON-Dean Seneca didn't mince words after the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention's "damaging news" in early March about the spread of the novel coronavirus that has killed thousands of people worldwide.

"I want to make sure that I stated that tribes are not prepared for the coronavirus," he texted Indian Country Today a day after an interview in which he was more cautious.

"I don't think that we are as prepared as we should be," Seneca-who has worked more than 18 years in the Centers for Disease Control's Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support-had said in the i...



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