MISSOULA, Mont. – Data from the Department of Public Health and Human Services shows Native Americans are disproportionately affected by COVID, with death rates 11 times higher than other Montanans.
One of the biggest challenges facing Native Americans right now is access to COVID testing, especially in Missoula.
According to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), COVID-related complications were the leading cause of death among Native Americans in 20-20, accounting for nearly 30% of all COVID-related deaths nationwide. ‘State.
The report also showed that indigenous communities have a higher level of social vulnerability. All nations health officials share high positive rates which could stem from indigenous access to safe housing, among other health needs.
With a spike in COVID cases, the All Nations Health Center says that right now Montana’s five urban Indian organizations are working together to provide more vaccines, testing services and quarantine support across the state. … specific to their community.
Right now the biggest need is access to COVID testing, All Nations cites availability could stay the same for them, if demand stays the same or slows down in the coming weeks.