Health Services

Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Rendering of Coronavirus.

As the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, Cherokee Nation Health understands the public concern for a potential outbreak in our area.
Health Services is actively working with our partners at the federal and state level to assure we are ready to serve the needs of our patients, families, and communities. 
Across our health system, our hospital and health centers are focused on preparing physicians to identify, isolate, and care for patients known or suspected of having COVID-19. A leadership team comprised of physicians, nurses, infection prevention, and other subject matter experts meets daily to review the latest guidance and develop plans to implement the most updated recommendations.

Our patients and communities should know that Cherokee Nation Health Services regularly participates in preparedness drills so that we are equipped to handle the unexpected. Our physicians and staff routinely receive training on how to best protect themselves and our patients.

It is important to remember that health systems frequently confront disease outbreaks, adapting quickly to serve their communities. We have overcome these challenges in the past and stand ready to undertake this most recent challenge. Cherokee Nation Health Services wants to be a source of the most reliable and current information available to keep our patients and communities educated with information they can trust to best protect themselves and their families.


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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is Coronavirus?

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. Chinese health officials have reported thousands of infections with COVID-19 in China, with the virus reportedly spreading from person-to-person in many parts of that country. Infections with COVID-19, most of them associated with travel from Wuhan, also are being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19

Of the confirmed COVID-19 infections, illnesses can range from being mildly sick to being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that symptoms of COVID-19 could appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.

How can I help protect myself and my family?

Per recommendations from the CDC, nonessential travel outside the United States or to affected areas within the U.S. is not recommended at this time. Aside from avoiding nonessential travel, the best steps to avoid contracting respiratory viruses include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath please call your Primary Care Provider or your local Health Center and ask to speak with a nurse BEFORE visiting a Health facility. Many health systems have online portals available as well as telemedicine for convenience and protection.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources