COVID-19 REPORT: Oklahoma cumulative cases total more than 25,000, active cases surpass 5,200
The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s data showed a total of 9,237 COVID-19 cases with 7,220 recovered, 1,814 active and 203 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 25,433 with 19,750 listed as recovered, 5,231 active and 452 deceased. Of the more than 5,000 active cases, 547 are hospitalized as of July 17.
In an email update, the OSDH stated that “due to technical data entry issues, case counts for Sunday, July 19 and Monday, July 20 are low and do not reflect real-time data. OSDH’s Acute Disease Service is working diligently to resolve these technical issues and will continue to provide reporting of COVID-19 information that Oklahomans have come to expect from OSDH. In the meantime, Oklahomans who receive a positive test result through a State lab will continue to be promptly notified and connected to contract tracing efforts.”
In the 14 counties that make up the Cherokee Nation, the state’s data showed a total of 9,237 coronavirus cases with 7,220 recovered, 1,814 active and 203 deceased. The number of active cases in the 14 counties increased by 129 since Friday.
As of July 20, numbers, from the Cherokee Nation, show 518 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.