Ho-Chunk leaders monitor COVID-19 for safety, when to open casinos

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BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WKBT) — Ho-Chunk Nation officials have been keeping track of the COVID-19 pandemic and making safety adjustments as the situation changes, according to a news Ho-Chunk news release.
In mid-March, the four government branch leaders — executive, legislative, judicial and general counsel — as well as the nation’s emergency management coordinator, began meeting daily to address their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of the Ho-Chunk Health Department’s Incident Command Station also meets to monitor the COVID-19 infection rate.
Now that the branch leaders have their COVID-19 roles outlined, they have reduced their meetings to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Health Department representatives meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“We are fortunate to have such skilled professionals in positions to help control the spread of the COVID virus,” Ho-Chunk Nation President Marlon WhiteEagle said.
“We will continue our efforts for as long as necessary,” WhiteEagle said. “Hopefully, the number of cases will continue to decline to a point where we can begin to think of resuming some operations on a graduated scale.”
In addition to dealing with the current situation, the committees discuss how the Ho-Chunk casinos and other operations will return to normal.
Procedures are being planned to be taken in incremental steps with safety in mind, WhiteEagle said.
The first step would be everyone to maintain a safe distance from each other and to wear personal protective equipment. Those requirements would be lifted gradually as the risk decreases, he said.

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