O’Halleran Visits Gila River Indian Community Testing Facility

May 13, 2020
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SACATON—Saturday, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) visited the Gila River Indian Community to see the Community’s new testing site and meet with tribal leadership to discuss concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Gila River Indian Community’s testing site that O’Halleran visited is one of three key components announced this week that encompass the Community’s comprehensive response to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to a partnership with Steward Health Care Systems, the Community also announced an agreement with Mayo Clinic in Phoenix to process up to 500 tests weekly for the Community’s most vulnerable populations including elders, dialysis patients, and Community members with underlying conditions.

“Across four coronavirus relief packages, I have fought to make the voices and needs of tribal communities heard,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “Working in conjunction with the 12 federally recognized tribes in my district, I’ve helped secure over $1 billion for tribal health care and over $9 billion in total funding for tribes across the United States. I will continue working with leaders like Governor Lewis to see what is needed next.”

“Congressman O’Halleran’s tireless advocacy on behalf of the Gila River Indian Community and all tribes in Arizona have enabled the Community to establish a comprehensive plan to test, trace and treat any cases of COVID-19 in the Community,” said Governor Lewis during Saturday’s visit. “With lives at stake, it is reassuring to know that Congressman O’Halleran continues to use his voice in Congress to make sure tribal governments have the resources they need during this unprecedented crisis.”

View the Gila River Indian Community’s official press release, HERE.