Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Humankind is no stranger to pandemics. The 1918 influenza infected 500 million people -  or about a third of the world's population at the time. In the Four Corners, it was particularly devastating on Native lands and in Silverton.

KSUT Reporter Mark Duggan reached out to Fort Lewis College History Professor Andrew Gulliford to find out more about the regional impact of what has come to be known as the Spanish Flu.


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As of Thursday, April 9, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe had no reported cases of COVID-19. The number is in stark contrast to the neighboring Navajo Nation, now with more than 450 confirmed cases. KSUT's Mark Duggan spoke with the tribe's chairman about the steps they've taken to stay ahead of the pandemic.