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Osage Nation decides to modify operations after employees test positive for COVID-19


The Osage Nation has made the decision to use modified operations of its campuses, departments and programs following its reopening on May 15.

The goal is to contain the spread of COVID-19 after six employees tested positive on Tuesday. Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear says that they’re working to test all 500 employees and anyone who might have been exposed. His executive order closed most of the tribal nation’s offices to the public yesterday for at least the rest of the week. Leaders will make the decision next week on whether or not they want to reopen.

According to News on 6 in Tulsa, Dr. Ron Shaw, CEO of Osage Nation Health Services, said there were two big events on Monday that those infected with COVID-19 attended: An election event at the nation’s main campus in Pawhuska and a funeral with 300 tribal members in Hominy.