Oklahoma coronavirus cases approach 5,500, death toll nears 300
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s website showed the state’s coronavirus cases increased to 5,489 as the number of deaths increased by six to 294 Tuesday.
The state’s data also showed the number of individuals recovered from COVID-19 at 4,135.
As of May 19, numbers from the Cherokee Nation show 76 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the tribe’s health system. The Cherokee Nation has had two COVID-19 related deaths of CN employees that tested 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.”
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.