COVID-19 UPDATES

The health and safety of Chickasaws, employees and patrons is our main priority. As the coronavirus, or COVID-19, spreads globally and cases rise in the U.S., some Chickasaw Nation events, classes, facilities, etc., will be postponed, closed or canceled out of an abundance of caution. 

For more information regarding the coronavirus as it relates to the Chickasaw Nation, please visit our information pages below. We will continue to update these pages regularly as the situation progresses. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

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Program Updates

The following tribal programs, services and offices have been modified to continue to serve while also observing the best possible safety protocols to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This list will be updated, as needed.

Medical
  • The Chickasaw Nation Medical Center and satellite clinics are open, with limited access, to protect vulnerable populations. Chickasaw Nation Department of Health has discontinued walk-in clinic appointments
  • The Chickasaw Nation Virtual Visit service is available to existing patients in Oklahoma with convenient and safe remote medical visits. If you are not feeling well, please access care through virtual visits by calling (580) 272-2776 or (866) 610-7776
  • Chickasaw Nation pediatrics is open to serve families virtually or in person. For more information, visit the Pediatrics service page to watch a COVID-19 pediatrics video.
  • The Chickasaw Nation Medical Center Outpatient Pharmacy has new hours: Pharmacy hours at the satellite clinics will remain the same and pharmacy lobbies will remain closed at all locations.
    • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Routine dental, audiology and optometry appointments have been canceled through April 15.
  • Visitors are not allowed in Chickasaw Nation clinics, hospital setting or emergency department. Only patients with scheduled appointments will be allowed. Exceptions may include: childbirth, end-of-life care, children requiring care, and other rare and unique circumstances assessed by the care team.
  • The Chickasaw Nation Emergency Department has implemented a drive-thru service for patients. Please drive to the tents on the south end of the medical center, be prepared to stay in your vehicle and enter the drive-thru triage lane located outside of the building for emergency medical assistance before entering the emergency department.
  • The Chickasaw Nation Obstetrics Department will administer COVID-19 rapid tests to Obstetric (OB) patients and their support person upon arrival to the CNDH OB department for a scheduled delivery beginning Monday, May 18th. Once the rapid test results are received (usually within 30-60 minutes), COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures will be followed per CDC guidelines. The support person’s test results must be received before allowing him/her to go into the unit with the expecting mom. To reduce exposure, the CNDH OB team is asking the support person to minimize trips to and from the hospital, so please bring all essentials and snacks.
    If OB patients are coming to CNMC for a labor and delivery evaluation or triage and uncertain of admission, the support persons should remain in the car. If admission is needed, the unit staff will contact the support person and accompany the patient to the OB unit testing area. This process allows the OB health care team to limit the number of visitors in the waiting rooms while the patient is being evaluated.
    This process safely allows a support person in the delivery room and helps protect patients, babies and the CNDH staff. Thank you for your support as we work to serve you and your family safely.
  • Children may be at increased risk in a clinic or hospital setting because of the mandate of wearing a fitted mask, touching of the face and hand hygiene restrictions, and the practice of social distancing. All of these types of restrictions can be difficult for small children. For the safety of your children and other patients being seen by appointment, please make childcare arrangements before coming to a your scheduled appointment at a CNDH health facility. Children with appointments are accommodated using designated scheduling, disinfections and infection control procedures
Nutrition
  • Beginning April 1, 2020, the Chickasaw Nation Food Distribution Program (FDP) will be available by appointment only. The nutrition services team will shop for eligible participants so they do not need to enter nutrition centers. If you have not been contacted about your April appointment, please contact your local food distribution site for more details:
    • Ada – (888) 436-7255
    • Ardmore – (877) 897-2195 
    • Duncan – (580) 470-2150
    • Purcell – (405) 527-6967
  • Chickasaw Nation WIC offices are available to take appointments over the phone for eligible mothers. Call (855) 559-0985 for services.
  • The senior centers’ drive thru meals and homebound meal delivery services are temporarily suspended. Elders who need assistance can call the aging office at (580) 795-9790.
Community  
  • Chickasaw Nation area offices are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday thru Friday. However, office staff is available to provide assistance over the phone from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Chickasaw Nation Youth Clubs, in Sulphur and Tishomingo, Oklahoma, are offering meals to youth ages 1-18 from noon to 2 p.m. as a drive-thru service. 
  • The Hofanti Chokma (“To Grow Well”) program is offering brief (20-minute) online sessions every weekday in April to teach positive parenting tips from the PAX Tools program. The tools are evidence-based and especially helpful during times of stress. To join a daily 20-minute PAX SNAX session, access the following link, April 1-30, Monday-Friday, at 11 a.m.: ChickasawNation.Zoom.us/j/721796012. For more information, contact Jennifer Jesse at 
    or call (580) 310-4783.

We will continue to monitor, evaluate and respond accordingly. We must work together. Together, we will win this battle and emerge as a stronger, more resilient nation and Chickasaw Nation.