Oklahoma total COVID-19 cases top 24,000, active cases remain near 5,000
The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s data showed a total of 8,752 COVID-19 cases with 6,869 recovered, 1,685 active and 198 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 Friday the state’s total number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began now sets at 24,140 with 18,766 listed as recovered, 4,929 active and 445 deceased. Of the nearly 5,000 active cases, 604 are hospitalized, a decrease of 34 hospitalizations since the previous day.
In the 14 counties that make up the Cherokee Nation, the state’s data showed a total of 8,752 coronavirus cases with 6,869 recovered, 1,685 active and 198 deceased. The number of active cases in the 14 counties increased by 37 from the previous day.
As of July 17, numbers, from the Cherokee Nation, show 448 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.