COVID-19 REPORT: Total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma top 49,900
The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s data showed a total of 18,277 COVID-19 cases with 15,309 recovered, 2,696 active and 272 deaths in the 14 counties that make up the Cherokee Nation. TERRIS HOWARD/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s data on its website showed Wednesday the state’s total number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began now sets at 49,923 with 42,047 listed as recovered, 7,177 active and 699 deceased. Of the more than 7,100 active cases, 566 are hospitalized.
The number of active cases in the state decreased by 97 from Tuesday’s reported total of 7,274. The state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations decreased by 2 from the previous reported total.
In the 14 counties that make up the Cherokee Nation, the state’s data showed a total of 18,277 coronavirus cases with 15,309 recovered, 2,696 active and 272 deceased. The number of active cases in the 14 counties increased by 85 from the previous day’s number of active cases.
As of Aug. 19, numbers, from the Cherokee Nation, show 1,157 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the tribe’s health system since the pandemic began.
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.