Coronavirus coordinator visits Fond du Lac


September 4, 2020

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Fond du Lac officials discussed their experience with the Covid-19 pandemic with Dr. Deborah Birx, the Whitehouse coronavirus response coordinator on a recent visit. Pictured from left are Chairman Kevin Dupuis, Irum Zaidi, District I Representative Wally Dupuis, District III Representative Bruce Savage, Secretary/Treasurer Ferdinand Martineau, and Dr. Deborah Birx.

On Friday, Aug. 28, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa welcomed Dr. Deborah Birx, the Whitehouse coronavirus response coordinator, to hear about the Tribe's experience and efforts around Covid-19. The pandemic has brutally swept through Indian Country. Fond du Lac has not been spared. The reservation recently experienced positive cases earlier this month. Keeping the virus away from FDL has been the priority since the beginning for the Band, FDL's Emergency Operations Center, and FDL's Public Health Emergency Preparedness team.

"Fond du Lac has been focused on fighting this virus for nearly eight months and the visit from Dr. Birx was a good time to reflect on the things we've done right and what can we work on to continue to keep our community safe," said Chairman Kevin Dupuis Sr, adding that it is important to recognize the work of Fond du Lac's Public Health Emergency Preparedness team, which has been meeting almost daily since COVID-I9 hit the United States.

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"We also know it is far from over and we must stay vigilant," Dupuis added.


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