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 431,366 with 415,067 listed as recovered, 11,598 active and 4,701 deceased.
The number of active cases in the state decreased by 79 from Wednesday’s reported total of 11,677.
In the 14 counties that make up the Cherokee Nation, the state’s data showed a total of 133,565 coronavirus cases with 128,848 recovered, 3,241 active and 1,476 deceased. The number of active cases in the 14 counties decreased by five from Wednesday’s reported total of 3,246.
As of March 12, numbers, from the Cherokee Nation, show 14,945 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 61 from the previous reported total of 14,8884.
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.