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Cherokee Man is Thought to Be First in Oklahoma to Die from Coronavirus


March 20, 2020

Merle Dry

TULSA, Okla. - Indian Country appears to have one of its first casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic when a Cherokee tribal citizen passed away on Wednesday from the virus.

The Cherokee Phoenix, the official publication of the Cherokee Nation, first reported that tribal citizen Merle Dry of Berryhill, Okla. died after testing positive for the virus. Mr. Dry, 55, was thought to be the first fatality in the state of Oklahoma linked to COVID-19, commonly referred to as novel coronavirus.


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