Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Health Clinic Continues Optimum Services During COVID-19

By Richard D. Ackley, Jr.
The Sokaogon Chippewa Health Clinic is continuing the very important task of following the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) mandates for Tribes as it relates to COVID-19.
The Tribe developed and implemented a plan, and maintains the ability to revise its plan as needed.
Jamie Zarda, Executive Director of the SCC Health Clinic, said,” With the growing number of COVID-19 infections nationwide and in the area, it is critical that our community members get tested at least weekly.”
The Clinic has maintained a very friendly approach to testing, and offers convenient drive-through testing so people may stay in their vehicle while the test is being conducted. “The actual test is approximately 15 minutes in length, from the swab sample from the nostrils to the machine and the final results returned,” Jamie said.
She shared that the Clinic has already conducted more than 800 tests. The Clinic has participated in special grant funding developed by the CDC that set aside $40 million to fight COVID-19 in Tribal communities, with Mole Lake accessing $88,400 in April. In addition, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy approved Mole Lake to receive $300,000 to operate and maintain its day-to-day operations. The funding will provide support for the Tribe to prevent, prepare and respond to COVID-19.
“Each person entering the Clinic must have their temperature taken at the door before proceeding with their appointment, and wearing a mask is mandatory in all departments,” Jamie said. “If a patient has a dental appointment, a COVID-19 test is mandatory before being seen by our dentist.”
The recent increase in business at the Clinic has created the need for additional plans, and discussions are now underway to enhance overall operations, making it even better for staff and patients alike. Suggestions offered by the Indian Health Service (IHS) are designed to ease certain costs and enhance efficiency for the Tribe. The IHS continues to work closely with the Tribe, local and state public health officials to coordinate a comprehensive public health response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information or to schedule a COVID-19 test, please contact the Clinic at 715-478-5180.