Pine Ridge Reservation on lockdown due to surging COVID-19 cases

October 26, 2020

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – The Oglala Sioux Tribe locked down the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on Friday, in response to a surging number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

The lockdown lasts until 6 a.m. Oct. 30.  During that time, all non-critical travel is barred.

The tribe said non-essential businesses should close to the public, and travel to non-essential work to or from the reservation should stop.

The lockdown comes as the state reported 9,862 active coronavirus cases on Friday and an all-time high of 1,132 new cases in one day.

 Nine new deaths were reported Friday, bringing the death toll from the virus to 356.