Cherokee Nation Chief Hoskin tests positive for COVID-19

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement he said he tested positive and became symptomatic over the weekend. Adding “I am on the mend and looking forward to hopefully attending Cherokee National Holiday this weekend and delivering the State of the Nation Address.”

The Cherokee National Holiday is an annual “homecoming” that commemorates the signing of the original Constitution of the Cherokee Nation on Sept. 6, 1839. The festival in Tahlequah brings in thousands of people from all around the country.

Chief Hoskin has been an advocate for the COVID-19 vaccine since the start of the pandemic, with Cherokee Nation leading the way in administering the shot to both tribal citizens and the general public.

He says days before the positive results he, his wife and his daughter decided to isolate after an exposure.

“Because I am fully up to date on my COVID vaccine, I was virtually assured of avoiding hospitalization. I am taking the widely available antiviral therapeutic medication. Because we have returned to wearing masks indoors due to elevated COVID spread, the risk of me spreading COVID to others before I began isolating last Thursday evening was minimal.”

The Chief and his family plan to remain in isolation for the rest of the week. He says Friday he will announce if Cherokee Nation Health Services have cleared him for Cherokee National Holiday activities, if not he plan to connect with the event virtually.