Oyate Health To Only Test IHS Eligible Patients
In a proactive attempt to navigate a national shortage of COVID-19 testing supplies, the Oyate Health Center will only test patients who are symptomatic and eligible for Indian Health Service care, it announced Tuesday.
The Oyate Health Center was one of the few locations in Rapid City where free COVID-19 testing was available for all community members, however, with a sharp uptick in cases and an increasing demand for testing, the tribally managed healthcare facility will now only provide testing for patients who are symptomatic and eligible to be seen at Indian Health Service facilitates.
The Oyate Health Center has also adopted a temporary policy where it will only test one individual from a home. Should one individual in a home test positive for COVID-19, the CDC recommends that all residents quarantine for a period of 5-days.