A year later, Cherokee Nation still grappling with COVID-19
March 19, 2021
TAHLEQUAH – It’s been a year since the first of nearly 15,000 COVID-19 cases was confirmed within the Cherokee Nation’s health system, but in February 2020, the tribe was already preparing for a pandemic.
“It’s just going to take a few cases for coronavirus to take off in the United States,” CN Public Health Medical Director Dr. David Gahn told Tribal Councilors at the time.
As of March 9 this year, the tribe had confirmed 14,844 COVID-19 cases and 100 related deaths within its health system. An estimated 260 cases remained active.