COVID-19 REPORT: Total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma now 283,781

BY STAFF REPORTS
12/29/2020 04:30 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
The Oklahoma State Department of Health's data showed a total of 86,516 coronavirus cases with 75,320 recovered, 10,414 active and 782 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 Tuesday the state’s total number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began now sets at 283,781 with 248,748 listed as recovered, 32,628 active and 2,405 deceased.

The number of active cases in the state decreased by 2,900 from Monday’s reported total of 35,528. As of Dec. 28, the state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations data showed a total of 1,729.

In the 14 counties that make up the Cherokee Nation, the state’s data showed a total of 86,516 coronavirus cases with 75,320 recovered, 10,414 active and 782 deceased. The number of active cases in the 14 counties decreased by 871 from Monday’s reported total of 11,285.

As of Dec. 29, numbers, from the Cherokee Nation, show 10,162 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the tribe’s health system since the pandemic began. The number of confirmed cases in the tribe’s health system increased by 515 from the previous reported total of 9,647.

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.

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