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One Cherokee Nation hospital sees ICU at full capacity

Posted at 11:21 AM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 12:21:12-05

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — A local tribal hospital is under the same strain many Tulsa regional hospitals. While Hillcrest Medical Center, St. Francis Health System and Ascension St. John Medical Center are all seeing a rise in hospitalizations, Cherokee Nation's W. W. Hastings hospital is seeing a similar trend.

The Cherokee Nation hospital said its ICU is at full capacity with COVID-19 patients. To alleviate some of the strain, the hospital has contracts with other regional facilities for COVID-19 patients who require hospitalization.

The Cherokee Nation is reporting more than 4,000 positive COVID-19 cases among tribe members. Tribal leaders have called upon members to wear a mask and limit large social gatherings.

“We want to protect our Cherokee elders and families from the spread of this virus and these measures can help ensure we have enough capacity to treat our patients,” communication manager for Cherokee Nation, Julie Hubbard said.

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