UPDATED 12:55 PM PT — Friday, June 12, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have allegedly been withholding essential coronavirus information from American Indian tribes. According to reports, sovereign tribal communities have been denied requests for information showing how the coronavirus is spreading.
Several states have been granted easy access to virus data, which has aided them in tracking the spread of the virus, addressing hot spots and conducting contact tracing.
On Thursday, a House Appropriations subcommittee stated that COVID-19 information has not been properly recorded when it comes to tribal nations. The group also addressed the steps they are taking to correct the discrepancy.
“HHS did announce new guidance last week for laboratories and other testing sites across the nation, not just for IHS tribal, but for any site that must report age, race, ethnicity, sex, patient zip code and type of test. We do think this data will also help us in better understanding the broader effects for American Indians and Alaska natives.” – Dr. Michael Toedt, Chief Medical Officer, Indian Health Service
Native Americans have a greater risk of contracting the illness and suffering more serious symptoms due to underlying health issues.