First confirmed case of COVID-19 on Leech Lake Reservation

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Tribal Health Officials received notification of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 within the boundaries of the reservation. According to a release, the individual, whose information is private, has known travel history with an infected family member.

Indian Health Service and Tribal Health officials are conducting contact tracing to identify anyone who may have come into contact with this patient, and once identified, they will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.

Health Service Director Brian Brunelle shared his concern for the affected individual and emphasized the importance of partnerships.

“Leech Lake has strong Leadership, Tribal Health and an Incident Management Team working everyday to keep our residents safe and healthy,” said Brunelle.

“By working collaboratively with all reservation departments and state agencies, we’ll be able to better monitor and contain this outbreak and deliver needed resources and supplies to the people of Leech Lake”.

Leech Lake Tribal Health, in collaboration with Cass Lake Indian Health Service, has a COVID-19 hotline staffed 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 218-335-3426 or 218-335-3247.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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