Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians







2021 1 6 COVID Vaccine Priorities_Community Notice

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Lac Vieux Desert Health Center – Watersmeet

Testing at the LVDHC began in early April, 2020.   In recent weeks, we have seen a consistent rise in positives cases in both the Watersmeet community and surrounding communities. In an effort to prevent further community spread, we are providng daily (M-F) testing to both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. We can provide testing to 30 patients per day. We have the capacity to test 16 patients per day on our Abbott (rapid) testing equipment; these tests results are available the same day.   Rapid tests are used for patients presenting with active COVID-19 symptoms. If you do not meet that criteria, your test will be sent to one of our reference labs with results typically available within 3-5 days. To learn more information, or to schedule a test please contact us at 906-358-4588.
Below, you will find our testing totals. The first set of numbers represents tests collected from April, 2020 through the end of November, 2020.   The second and third set of numbers represent the tests we have collected in the month of December, 2020. From here forward, we will post result activity daily (M-F). We will keep the current month separate from the cumulative totals. Please note our positive cases of COVID-19 are also reported to the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department and will likely be reflected in the numbers reported by county below.


COVID-19 Testing Totals 04/01/2020 - 12/31/2020

Total Tests Collected:  3089

Total Negatives:            2881

Total Positives:                  208

Total Pending:                      0



COVID-19 Testing Totals 01/01/2021 – 01/14/2021

Total Tests Collected:   172

Total Negatives:             114

Total Positives:                23

Total Pending:                 35

Tribal Members* in Isolation: 9

Tribal Members* in Quarantine: 19

Tribal Members* Recovered: 2

* (Federally Recognized Tribe living/working in community)



COVID-19 Testing Totals 01/01/2021 – 01/14/2021

Total Tests Collected:    39

Total Negatives:              26

Total Positives:                11

Total Pending:                  2


COVID-19 Case Data           by County

Updated on 01/13/2021

Gogebic:  1,060 Confirmed Cases

Iron: 872 Confirmed Cases

Ontonagon:  315 Confirmed Cases

Houghton: 2,243 Confirmed Cases

Vilas:  1,842 Confirmed Cases



November 18, 2020 - Effective October 15, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. Midnight, pursuant to Tribal Council Resolution T2020-0119, to preserve the public health and safety of the member residents of the Lac Vieux Desert Reservation and to mitigate the risk of infection and subsequent transfer of illness, any individual on the Reservation shall not loiter, idle or congregate in or on any public street, highway, alley, park or any other public space between the hours of 10:00 p.m. midnight and 6 a.m. Curfew requirements shall be in effect until 6:00 a.m., Thursday, December 3, 2020 unless extended by the Tribal Council. Individuals may continue the following activities after curfew:

• Travel to or from employment or to perform the tasks of employment if those tasks necessarily put them in the public space.
• Perform necessary government activities.
• Perform tasks that are necessary to their immediate health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets).
• Provide emergency care for minors, dependents, the elderly, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.

In addition, all social gatherings or events among persons not part of the same household must be limited to 10 or less individuals and be held in such a way that individuals are able to maintain at least 6 feet between members of different households.

There is no restriction on gatherings of 10 or more persons who reside in the same household.

Failure to abide by the directives of Tribal Council Resolution T2020-119, may be subject to criminal penalties under the Lac Vieux Desert Criminal Code, Section 2-51-5.

Resolution T2020-0119


October 7, 2020 - Per directive of the Tribal Council, for the safety of Tribal Members and employees, due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 cases within and immediately outside of the Lac Vieux Desert Community, all Tribal Government offices will be locked and services will be available by appointment only.  Office hours and business operations will continue as normal, please call ahead to schedule an appointment.



The Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is committed to taking necessary steps to keep the Tribal community and the Watersmeet community-at-large protected and armed with the most recent information on the COVID-19 outbreak within the Lac Vieux Desert Reservation. Please visit this page often for updated information.


  • Mandatory Mask Wearing and Social Distancing, Effective 8/14/2020
    • Pursuant to Tribal Council Resolution T2020-085, effective immediately ALL Residents of the Lac Vieux Desert Reservation are required to properly wear a face covering which fully covers their nose and mouth while in any public place on the Reservation or when in close contact (within six (6) feet) with other individuals.

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates...

LVD Tribal Members: Tribal Council Meetings are held virtually. If you would like to attend, please contact Priscilla Smith, Tribal Secretary for a zoom meeting link.

Tribal Council/PEFC Meetings

Public Enterprise and Finance Commission

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Regular PEFC Mtg at 9:00 am via zoom
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Regular PEFC Mtg at 9:00am via zoom

Tribal Council

  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021 Special Tribal Council Mtg (Clinic Monthly) at 10:00am via zoom
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021 Regular Tribal Council Mtg at 3:30pm via zoom

Committee and Board Meetings

Conservation Committee

  • Monday, January 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (Conference Call)

LVD Health Board

  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom

Housing Committee

  •  Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the LVD Housing Office

2020 Tribal Election Information


Chairman - James Williams, Jr.

Vice-Chairman - Samuel Klingman

Treasurer - Patrick Garrison

Secretary - Priscilla Smith

Council Members:

Patrick Hazen II

Cynthia Rose McGeshick

Jeffery McGeshick

Tyrone McGeshick

Mitchell McGeshick


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Conservation Committee Vacancy NoticeClick here to view Conservation Committee Vacancy Notice


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