Oklahoma coronavirus cases approach 9,000, more than 1,600 active cases
The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s data showed a total of 2,985 COVID-19 cases with 2,076 recovered, 745 active and 164 deaths in the 14 counties that make up the Cherokee Nation. TERRIS HOWARD/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
OKLAHOMA CITY – On Wednesday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s data on its website showed a total of 8,904 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began with 6,898 listed as recovered, 1,642 active and 364 deceased.
In the 14 counties that make up the Cherokee Nation, the state’s data showed a total of 2,985 coronavirus cases with 2,076 recovered, 745 active and 164 deceased. The number of active cases in the 14-county area increased by 47 Wednesday.
As of June 17, numbers from the Cherokee Nation show 138 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.