Oklahoma total coronavirus cases surpass 12,000, more than 3,100 active
The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s data showed a total of 4,542 COVID-19 cases with 2,948 recovered, 1,426 active and 168 deaths in the 14 counties that make up the Cherokee Nation. TERRIS HOWARD/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
OKLAHOMA CITY – On Friday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s data on its website showed a total of 12,343 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began with 8,817 listed as recovered, 3,149 active and 377 deceased. Of the more than 3,000 active cases, 308 are currently hospitalized.
In the 14 counties that make up the Cherokee Nation, the state’s data showed a total of 4,542 coronavirus cases with 2,948 recovered, 1,426 active and 168 deceased.
As of June 26, numbers from the Cherokee Nation show 175 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the tribe’s health system.
A statement from Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. on the tribe’s website implored everyone to do their part in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We must all act to stay healthy, monitoring our own health and that of our family, limiting travel, if possible, and checking on our elders who are most vulnerable,” Hoskin said. “The Cherokee Nation has secured federal funding to help us combat and treat any coronavirus cases, ensure our medical staff are trained to identify, treat and respond to patients efficiently and have the ability to do our own testing.”
The tribe announced on its Facebook page that beginning June 8 the COVID-19 drive-thru screening clinics will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon at all Cherokee Nation health facilities due to extreme heat temperatures.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
The Cherokee Nation established a call center with the number 833-528-0063 for tribal citizens who have questions about COVID-19. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.