Government , Health

Osage Nation reopens campus after few employees test positive for virus

Osage Nation employees return to work Monday after shutting down on June 2 to contain the possible spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear closed the campus after it was learned that multiple individuals tested positive for the virus within the Osage community and were at the Election Candidate Camps on June 1 and also attended a local funeral.

Standing Bear ordered all Osage Nation employees be tested on June 8-9 and out of 478 employees, only three tested positive for the virus.

According to Dr. Ron Shaw, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of the Wahzhazhe Health Center, the WHC has a contact tracer investigating the cases and making calls. The contact tracer is also collaborating with the Osage County Health Department.

The Nation’s employees will go through a routine temperature check every morning through July 2, said Casey Johnson, Director of Operations. He advised all employees who believe they have symptoms of the virus are to notify their supervisor who will arrange for same-day testing at the WHC.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s daily report of the COVID-19 virus, Osage County’s numbers have remained steady and only eight individuals have died due to the virus since March. However, cities such as Tulsa and Oklahoma City have increasing cases every day.

If you feel you are developing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, please contact the WHC COVID hotline at (918) 287-0028 or contact your primary care provider.