Indian Affairs Employee Is Interior Department’s First COVID-19 Death
A Bureau of Indian Affairs employee is the first Interior Department staffer to die from COVID-19, according to internal numbers obtained by HuffPost.
The death, reported Tuesday, comes as the number of cases at the Interior Department has continued to increase. The unnamed Bureau of Indian Affairs employee died in the night between April 23 and 24, according to Interior’s account.
As of Wednesday, 12 Bureau of Indian Affairs officials and one Bureau of Indian Education official have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the internal Interior numbers. BIA has the second highest number of positive cases across the Interior Department; the National Park Service has 29 confirmed cases. The Interior Department has reported 84 cases overall.