Nevada Tribes Wary Of Spread Of Coronavirus On Reservations
LAS VEGAS — Since the coronavirus prompted widespread casino and business closures in Nevada in March, the Moapa Band of Paiutes has prioritized protecting tribe members, particularly elders.
No positive COVID-19 cases were being reported on the Moapa River Indian Reservation outside Las Vegas.
But COVID-19 has affected the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, which closed its namesake lake north of Reno to tourists after tribe members tested positive.
An official with the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada tells the Las Vegas Sun that many tribe elders live in inter-generational households where the disease could easily spread.