tribe reinstates the requirement for masks in health facilities | Local News


The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma announced Friday the reinstatement of mask requirements at all tribal health facilities due to the rise in the number of COVID-19.

“Due to the growing number of positive COVID-19 cases in Southeast Oklahoma, it has become necessary to reinstate some of the previous visit restrictions to ensure the safety of our patients and staff,” said the Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority on social media.

In addition to the mask requirement, the tribe will also restrict visitors.

According to the CNHSA, operated patients will not be allowed to receive a visit.

Emergency room and clinic patients will only be allowed one parent or caregiver if needed, otherwise no visitors will be allowed.

Patients in labor and delivery will be allowed two visitors, but they will need to be tested for COVID-19 and patients will not be allowed to come and go once inside the facility.

The other significant of a women’s health patient will be cleared for “certain events”.

Drivers of patients undergoing surgery can wait in the building while wearing a mask and taking a COVID test.

All operating room patients requiring a COVID-19 test will be tested in the parking lot, if possible.

Patients with symptoms of COVID-19 will be screened, examined and swabbed outdoors, where possible.

Requirements will be in place for the eight tribal clinics in McAlester, Poteau, Stigler, Hugo, Broken Bow, Idabel, Atoka and Durant as well as for the Choctaw Nation hospital in Talihina.

The tribe lifted all mask requirements on all tribal properties on May 31.

According to the county’s weekly update on Wednesday from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the 10 and a half counties of the Choctaw Nation had 199 active cases of COVID-19 with a cumulative total since the start of the pandemic of 29,469 positive cases, 28,801 recoveries, and 469 deaths.

Contact Derrick James at [email protected]

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