Ira Lee Boss, 100

Born December 28, 1919

Died April 6, 2020

Mary Kathryn Kirby, 66

Born December 9, 1953

Died April 6, 2020

Anthony Earl Patrick, 90

Born January 8, 1930

Died April 6, 2020

James Robert "Jim" McPherson, 82

Born August 20, 1937

Died April 3, 2020

Herbert Smith Jr., 74

Born April 26, 1945

Died April 3, 2020

Leland Patrick Smith, 69

Born October 5, 1950

Died April 2, 2020

Joyce Marie Springfield, 84

Born March 5, 1936

Died April 1, 2020

Laurel Ann Huggins Andrews, 83

Born December 2, 1936

Died March 30, 2020

Viola Sanders, 88

Born July 2, 1931

Died March 29, 2020

Melvin Dean Gloden Sr., 85

Born February 16, 1935

Died March 29, 2020


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Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 10:15 AM

The Cherokee Nation continues efforts to help its tribal citizens, employees, health centers and schools educate and prepare for the coronavirus within the Cherokee Nation.

While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within Cherokee Nation, the tribe wants citizens to stay informed and take precautions to reduce risk.

The federal government passed an $8.3 billion emergency funding bill to combat COVID-19, which includes $40 million set aside for tribes.

“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,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “The Cherokee Nation is securing federal funding to help us combat and treat any coronavirus cases, ensure we have the ability to do our own testing and that our medical staff are trained to identify, treat and respond to patients efficiently.”

A Cherokee Nation call center (1-833-528-0063) has been established for tribal citizens who have questions about the coronavirus. It will be open noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday. The call center has up to six lines to ensure tribal citizens have access to information.

If tribal citizens have symptoms like cough, fever or other respiratory problems, they should contact their Cherokee Nation health center or primary care physician first and not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. At Cherokee Nation health centers, health employees are also screening patients at the doors to ensure increased safety.

Due to the risk posed by COVID-19, Cherokee Nation administration has postponed upcoming, large-gathering events such as the Kansas City at-large community meeting and Cherokee Days at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Both events will be rescheduled.