Dear Community Members,
The Health and Wellness Department is closely following developments related to the spread of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The health and safety of our community and tribal employees is our highest priority as we work in concerted with Tribal Administration in coordinating and planning our response to COVID-19.
I know this is an uncertain time as well as unsettling one for all of us. Most of us, to include globally are facing an unprecedented crisis where established protocols and planning strategies are being tested and revised constantly during implementation. Again, I know some of you may be experiencing anxiety, frustration, and impatience through it all.
However, working together is the key. The Health and Wellness Department are having regular ongoing conversation with our Tribal Administration as well as participating in conference calls with the New Mexico Department of Health, the Indian Health Services ‘Albuquerque Service Unit/Santa Fe Service Unit to include other tribal entities to ensure we are doing everything we can. In planning and preparing to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19. We are also working with Tribal Administration in identifying critical areas and essential functions in case further actions need to be taken. A critical precaution Tribal Administration has done is to have temporary shut-down.
Governor Ortiz issued a temporary shut-down of services effective March 24, 2020. The shut-down will last until April 20, 2020. All other than direct patient care will be closed. However, our pharmacy, behavioral health staff, and housekeeping will be available from 8:00 am -12:00 pm. However, pharmacy will be working till 5:00 pm, to include the IHS Clinic. The dental clinic is closed. The dental clinic will be on call to respond to emergency calls, which will originate from the pharmacy.
We are currently distributing information on how to prevent exposure as well as educating the community about COVID-19. Fortunately, there have not been any cases in our community. Although there are many unknowns associated with COVID-19, we are continuing to work with Tribal Administration on our response plan that will consist of five different levels.
Level 1: Prevention
Level 2: Protection
Level 3: Mitigation
Level 4: Response
We are in this together and together we can come out this adversity facing us. My prayers go out to the creator daily for your well-being as well as your family. For further information regarding our services I can be reached at (505) 40-5187. I wish peace and many blessings to all of you.
Dr. Rufus Greene Jr.
Health & Wellness Department
Pueblo of San Felipe
Work: (505) 867-9616
Cell: (505) 400-5187
Governor Anthony Ortiz announced yesterday that San Felipe Pueblo government and Housing Authority operations will close effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 12 Noon and authorized employees to work remotely. Daily operations will resume on Monday, April 20, 2020. During the closure all employees will be paid and receive full benefits. Governor Ortiz also encourages everyone to stay home. Take this opportunity to enjoy time together, the weather and a temporary slower pace of life.
During this closure, Fed Ex and UPS deliveries will not be permitted or accepted. Please contact Fed Ex or UPS to arrange for your packages.
Solid waste pick up will remain on schedule. Should you require assistance with sewage backups please contact the Public Improvement Authority (505) 771-2290. Should your home require utility repairs please contact the Housing Authority at (505) 771-9291.
Head Start meal distribution will continue as scheduled.
The Elders Services’ meal distribution will continue as scheduled.
Albuquerque Public Schools’, Bernalillo Public Schools’ and Santa Fe Indian School’s student meal distribution will continue as scheduled.
Behavioral Health Program (BHP) is available for telephonic counseling and responding to emergencies on a case-by-case basis, at (505) 639-9949, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. In the event of a life-threating emergency please call 911. If there is a Non-life threatening emergency please call NM Crisis 24-hours daily at 1-855-662-7474 and follow-up with BHP.
Please be aware of potential scammers that are taking advantage of this situation, we ask that you be aware of anyone contacting you by telephone requesting personal information over the phone. Many organizations are shut down at this time. For our elders, no one from AARP or any Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) should be contacting you at this time.
Tribal Members please be advised that the U.S. Census Bureau has suspended ALL field operations for the 2020 Census, effective March 18-April 1, 2020. As a result of this suspension, there is to be absolutely no field workers out visiting homes. The Census Bureau and staff will not enter the reservation boundaries once the Pueblo has closed access. The Census has a deep respect for tribal sovereignty and in the midst of this Public Health crisis, there is no way the Census Bureau or its staff will break from protocol. Should you be approached by someone claiming to be a “Census Worker” BEFORE April 1, please contact Tribal Officials immediately.
Please take precautions when someone knocks at your door by, looking out the window first,
At the end of the Bureau’s suspension, the Regional Technician for Operations for the 2020 Census will contact the Enrollment Department with names, descriptions of vehicles and license plate info of the workers that will be out in the pueblo. ALL Census workers should present an official U.S. Census Bureau badge and will carry briefcases with Bureau logos. Should you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the Enrollment Department at (505) 508-9607.
A reminder regarding toilet paper shortage… When you have to resort to “paper towels”, please throw paper towels in the trashcan and bag all trash.
Please check the website for current information and status updates: www.sfpueblo.com
The Systems of Care team understands that with the current Health Concerns of our Community and State, many of our community members may feel unsure or anxious about how to protect themselves.
To help community members understand how to practice good hygiene and protect themselves, we have built a list of recommendations for everyone to follow to stay safe and healthy:
For Community Members who have appointments at the local IHS clinic or any other care clinic: Call ahead to check-in. Clinics may have set up a process to protect everyone’s health while providing services.
To help community members understand how to stay informed while also protecting your mental health, we put a list together to provide guidance:
When we work together, we can protect each other and ensure each other’s safety.
Hopah kun’tsan thi’themeh
“Everyone live healthy.”
New Mexico Department of Health Hotline: 855-600-3453
San Felipe Pueblo IHS Clinic: 505-867-2739
Dear San Felipe Pueblo residents,
On Monday, I, along with the approval of the tribal administration, executed an order declaring a State of Public Health Emergency for the Pueblo of San Felipe due to the confirmation of the Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) in the State of New Mexico. While no positive cases of the virus have been confirmed in the pueblo, the Administration felt strongly to declare an emergency to allow us to address this situation within our community and seek assistance from federal, state, local and private agencies.
Furthermore, as members of the community we all can take precautionary actions to ensure the Pueblo’s health and well-being. Therefore, by virtue of the inherent authority vested in me to act on all emergency governmental matters that concern the health and welfare of the San Felipe tribal members, I hereby order and direct the following measures to be implemented by all tribal members:
Your cooperation in adhering to these directives is expected and appreciated for the protection of our community. Please remain vigilant during these uncertain times and we extend our prayer to the entire community.
This Temporary General Administrative Order is entered pursuant to the Pueblo of San Felipe Executive Order: SFP 2020-01 entered on March 16, 2020 and sets forth and governs the operation of the Pueblo of San Felipe Contemporary Court until Executive Order: SFP 2020-01 is rescinded by the Governor of the Pueblo of San Felipe or until further Order of the Court regarding this subject.
Due to the Corona virus pandemic that is unfolding throughout the world and locally, the Pueblo of San Felipe Contemporary Tribal Court in keeping with the spirit of protection of health for its court users, staff, judges and general public hereby orders the following measures to take effect immediately and remain in place until Executive Order: SFP 2020-01 is rescinded by the Governor of the Pueblo of San Felipe or until further Order of the Court. These measures will aid in limiting person to person contact and at the same time ensure that court users' civil and criminal rights under applicable law are upheld during this period. Due to the dynamic nature of the Corona virus pandemic this Order is subject to change without notice to continue to provide for the safety of all.
THEREFORE, IT IS THE ORDER OF THE COURT that:
SO ORDERED this 18 TH DAY OF MARCH, 2020.
HON. MEKKO M. MILLER