08242021 Srmt Covid 19 Update Dashboard
08242021 Srmt Covid 19 Update Dashboard

SRMT EOC Reports 4 New COVID-19 Cases, 9 Quarantined

Aug 24, 2021

AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center and Health Services are reporting four (4) new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend--making four (4) total active cases in the southern portion of Akwesasne. They are pleased to report that the 12 active cases reported on Friday, August 20th have resolved and were removed from isolation however, 9 family members and friends remain in quarantine. We ask that they please remain at home until they are released by public health.

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA) for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

“[A]s the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated.”

The vaccine contains messenger RNA (mRNA) that is used to mimic the protein in the virus that causes COVID-19. After receiving the vaccine, a person’s immune system will react defensively to the virus. The mRNA is only present in the body for a short time, does not cause infertility, and is not incorporated into - nor does it alter - an individual’s genetic material. The vaccine has been proven safe and is highly effective in preventing COVID-19 and potentially serious outcomes, such as hospitalization and death.

To help people get vaccinated, the Saint Regis Mohawk Health Services is holding an Open Walk-In Vaccine Clinic tomorrow on Wednesday, August 25th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the former-IGA Building located at 850 State Route 37 in Akwesasne. All individuals ages 12 years or older can attend, with parent/guardian presence required for minors. This is the only time for walk-in vaccinations.

To receive a COVID-19 vaccination directly at Saint Regis Mohawk Health Services, individuals must schedule an appointment in advance by calling (518) 358-3141.

Saint Regis Mohawk Health Services is also conducting COVID-19 PCR Test Collection Clinics from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at their main campus located at 404 State Route. Please use the road located across from McGee Road follow the signs for testing garage.

Akwesasne residents and employees can also schedule a COVID-19 test by contacting Mountain Medical Urgent Care in Malone at (518) 521-3322 or Mountain Medical Urgent Care in Massena at (315) 705-0700. The PCR Test is free however, requests to receive a Rapid Test is at the individual’s expense.