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 416,476 with 394,968 listed as recovered, 17,396 active and 4,112 deceased.
The number of active cases in the state decreased by 1,204 from Wednesday’s reported total of 18,600. As of Feb. 17, the state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations data showed a total of 711.
In the 14 counties that make up the Cherokee Nation, the state’s data showed a total of 129,113 coronavirus cases with 122,581 recovered, 5,223 active and 1,309 deceased. The number of active cases in the 14 counties decreased by 405 from Wednesday’s reported total of 5,628.
As of Feb. 18, numbers, from the Cherokee Nation, show 14,685 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 seven from the previous reported total of 14,678.
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.”
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.