The number of COVID-19 deaths in Oklahoma during the pandemic neared 10,000 on Wednesday, while the total number of coronavirus cases topped 600,000, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
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Oklahoma health officials said Tuesday that coronavirus hospitalizations appear to be leveling off, but hospital stays are longer due to the delta variant of the virus.
As part of the Cherokee Nation’s flu vaccination plan this season, health care workers are at the front of the line.
During his report to the Cherokee Nation Health Committee on Sept. 13, Health Services Executive Director Dr. Stephen Jones addressed what he called “irresponsible and inaccurate information that members or a member of this body has put out” on social media.
For the second consecutive year, circumstances required Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. to give his annual State of the Nation address by video, with the COVID-19 pandemic again forcing most of the 2021 Cherokee National Holiday onto virtual platforms.
The Cherokee Nation observed Aug. 31 as International Overdose Awareness Day and continues to focus on medication assisted treatment and overdose prevention.
When COVID-19 first reached the Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma last year, we had many unanswered questions about how to fight this new disease.
Dr. Douglas Drevets recalls feeling a burst of optimism when the year began.
As the Delta variant of COVID-19 makes its way through the state, hospitals are once again filling with patients who have contracted the virus as well as a shortage of hospital staff and nurses to help care for them.