COVID-19 REPORT: Total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma reach 66,700
The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s data showed a total of 24,246 COVID-19 cases with 20,771 recovered, 3,141 active and 334 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 Thursday the state’s total number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began now sets at 66,700 with 56,531 listed as recovered, 9,293 active and 876 deceased. Of the 9,293 active cases, 513 are hospitalized.
The number of active cases in the state decreased by 368 from Wednesday’s reported total of 9,661. The state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by 71 from the previous reported total.
In the 14 counties that make up the Cherokee Nation, the state’s data showed a total of 24,246 coronavirus cases with 20,771 recovered, 3,141 active and 334 deceased. The number of active cases in the 14 counties decreased by 85 from Wednesday’s number of active cases.
As of Sept. 10, numbers, from the Cherokee Nation, show 1,640 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.