Aug 18, 2020
On April 1, 2020, the first case of COVID-19 was recorded among Arizona’s White Mountain Apache tribe. New cases quickly mounted to 70 a day among the close-knit community. Even though the state remained fairly relaxed, Tribal Chairwoman Gwendena Lee Gatewood quickly shut down the reservation and implemented strict stay at home orders. Her fast and effective response to the crisis means that, today, the number of daily new infections is less than 10. Guest host Allison Barlow, director of the Center for American Indian Health, speaks with Gatewood about the response and how the community is faring.