Local health agencies partner against COVID-19
Partners Against COVID-19 representing several health agencies from Sequoyah and Cherokee Counties came together last week at the Sequoyah County Health Department pod testing site to provide free COVID-19 tests.
Tiffany Perryman, Sequoyah County Health Coordinating Nurse, said it is the first time the agencies have partnered together to offer the screenings.
“It’s our first joint partnership at a pod site. We appreciate all those who came here to help today,” Perryman said.
Nurses and health techs who braved the hot conditions that day included Christin Hullinger (RN), and Wynter Tucker, both from the Cherokee Nation; Alesha Sizemore (LPN), Bethany Kimble (LPN) and Deborah Cheater (RN) from NHS Sequoyah; Jennifer Wyley (administrative tech) and Tiffany Perryman (RN) from the Sequoyah County Health Department; Kristye Adams (RN) Cherokee County Health Department; and Denise Fieldgrove (administrative tech) from the Sequoyah County Health Department.
The group provided the swabbing and testing to over 50 participants in the twohour-long screening for the drive through testing.
Perryman said those who came for the screening did not have to show any signs of COVID-19 and no fee was involved. Test results can take up to 48 hours to complete and all those tested are informed of whether they are positive or not, she said.
“We still invite anyone who may believe they have the symptoms to call the health department anytime for a test,” Perryman said. The number for the Sequoyah County Health Department is 918-775-6201.
Sequoyah County Emergency Management Director Steve Rutherford said as of Tuesday, there were a total of 191 cases reported in Sequoyah County with 59 that are active and deaths remaining at three.
In Oklahoma there are 33,775 total cases and 509 deaths, Rutherford said.
“I hear we’re getting close to this thing ending but I hope they hurry,” Rutherford said.