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Northern Arapaho mourn death of male elder who had tested positive for COVID-19


CASPER, Wyo. — The Northern Arapaho Tribe said on Thursday, Aug. 6 that they are “deeply saddened that COVID-19 has touched our people once again.”

“Our friend, a male elder and non-Member, had been married for more than five decades to a Tribal Member who herself was claimed by the virus earlier this week,” the Northern Arapaho Tribe said on Facebook.

The death of the man brings Wyoming’s total COVID-19 related deaths to 28, though the Wyoming Department of Health had not yet updated their data as of 12:15 pm Thursday.

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The Northern Arapaho Tribe said that the Northern Arapaho Business Council were “not naming either individual out of respect for the privacy of the family.”

“We offer our most heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of this couple – it is a staggering loss anytime family elders are lost,” said NABC Chairman Spoonhunter. “They had children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and were known for their committed devotion to their Lord and Savior and each other. We pray for comfort for the loved ones they leave behind, and that our Tribal community soon emerges safely from this virus that has brought our people so much pain.”

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.

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If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

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