Government , Health

Osage Nation Congressman tests positive for COVID-19

Osage Nation Congressman Billy Keene has tested positive for COVID-19.

He posted about his diagnosis on his Facebook page on Nov. 30.

“Tested positive for covid last week. Have had mild symptoms. Have family who is suffering. Am asking for prayers,” he posted. “Thank you and God bless you.”

He said he should be out of quarantine next week and he is currently experiencing mild symptoms. He said he has a cough, sore throat and his oxygen levels are normal.

Keene lives in Pawhuska where case numbers have been rising in the community. The Congress last met for a special session in mid-November and is scheduled to go back for a 4th special session on Dec. 15.

As of Nov. 30, Pawhuska has 37 active cases of COVID-19, according to the OK State Department of Health. The city of Hominy has 22 active cases, Fairfax has 8 active cases, and Skiatook has 104 active cases.

The Wahzhazhe Health Center will receive a COVID-19 vaccine in mid-to-late December. The WHC is conducting a COVID-19 Vaccination Survey for their patients to assess how they feel about the vaccine and how their households are structured. To take the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ONHealthServices_COVID19_VaccinationSurvey