As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation would like to keep you updated on the broad range of preventative measures we are instituting to help protect our citizens, our employees and our patrons.
Our Department of Health and the MCN COVID-19 Task Force are closely monitoring the current public health crisis. The following information and links will provide our citizens with up-to-date guidance and information.
If you should have any questions or concerns regarding the virus, please contact our COVID Hotline at (918) 758-3550.
- Principal Chief David Hill announces phase-in of MCN employees’ return to offices June 1.
- MCN Offices remain closed to public until further notice.
- MCN Department of Health releases “Protect Our People” return-to-work initiative.
MCN distributes over 38,000 lbs of produce at nine different sites, to over 2500 families in Emergency Food Service.
- MCN extended the temporary closure of River Spirit Casino Resort and 8 regional casinos until April 30th (read more here).
- MCN releases resource flyer. Please click on the program name for more information. See below image.
- MCNDH partnered with MCN Employment & Training to announce temporary employment opportunity. Learn more here.
- Principal Chief David Hill issues Executive Order 20-02 to implement an immediate hiring freeze. View document here.
- MCN calls for volunteers to assist with services to elders, families and health care workers. Learn more here.
- In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, MCN suspended public transportation services. Please look for an update announcing when services will resume.
- MCNDH prepares COVID-19 triage areas in Okmulgee and Okemah.
- MCN extended the temporary closure of River Spirit Casino Resort and 8 regional casinos until April 15th (read more here).
- The Muscogee (Creek) Nation announced an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The Koweta Indian Health Facility employee has not been present on the clinic campus since March 13, 2020 and is currently self-isolated at home. MCNDH and the Oklahoma State Department of Health worked to identify anyone who may be considered high-risk and appropriate for screening as a result of this case. (read more here).
- To mitigate exposure, MCN took precautionary measures and closed the lobbies and public spaces of all Creek Nation buildings. Emergency contact information has been displayed on doors and windows.
- MCNDH hosted a virtual town hall with Dr. Billy Beets, Chief Medical Officer, to answer questions regarding COVID-19. Facebook Town Hall Video Stream
- In order to protect the health and safety of MCN employees, Creek Nation instituted an essential staff model (view document).
- MCNDH provided mental health tips to help with the worry, fear, anxiety, and depression that may accompany the pandemic (view document).
- MCNDH provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding the COVID public health crisis (view document).
- MCNDH temporarily closed the Wetumka Indian Health Center in order to ensure necessary resources are available in response to the COVID-19 virus.
- MCNDH postponed non-urgent, routine care and exams in all locations to assist in the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19
- MCNDH implemented new pharmacy procedures (read more here).
- Announcement regarding leave for 65+ and at-risk employees, restriction of facilities and services.
- MCNDH provided a list of products based on EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. View list here.
- MCNDH began suspending non-essential services such as aquatics therapy and closed the Wellness Centers.
- MCN announced closure of all 9 casino properties through March 31. Read more here.
- MCN declares a state of emergency. Read article here.
- Principal Chief David Hill announced Executive Order 20-01 declaring a State of Emergency for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
- MCN developed Coronavirus Task Force. Read more here.
- MCNDH launched COVID-19 Hotline (918-758-3550) taking calls between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday (MCNDH Facebook COVID-19 Hotline PSA).
- MCN announced non-essential travel restrictions. View document here.
- Announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Tulsa county and instituted regular PSA videos with MCNDH staff.
MCNDH PSA Listing
- Chief Hill convened the first meeting of the MCNDH Task Force.
Week of February 24
- MCNDH began updating the general public regarding the risks of COVID-19, providing general safety precautions, screening patients for international travel, inventorying personal protective equipment (PPE), and collaborating with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the CDC.