OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma State Department of Health's data on its website showed Monday the state's total number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began now sets at 156,857 with 126,162 listed as recovered, 29,157 active and 1,538 deceased.
The number of active cases in the state increased by 5,066 from Friday's reported total of 24,091. The state's COVID-19 hospitalizations were not available at the time of publishing.
In the 14 counties that make up the Cherokee Nation, the state's data showed a total of 48,739 coronavirus cases with 39,981 recovered, 8,226 active and 532 deceased. The number of active cases in the 14 counties increased by 1,349 from Friday's number of active cases.
As of Nov. 16, numbers, from the Cherokee Nation, show 4,482 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 160 from the previous reported total.
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.