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Colder temps bring an increase in illness around county

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - Sickness is on the rise in Sequoyah County, and was the main topic discussed during the weekly Sequoyah County commissioners meeting held at the courthouse on Monday.

Northeastern Health System’s (NHS) Eric Carter stated, "At the hospital we are currently seeing a large amount of RSV and flu cases. RSV is typical for children during this time of year, but this year we are seeing it affect everyone regardless of age. As far as the flu goes, we have already had more flu patients come through our clinic and ER than we did for the entire year in 2021."

Mechele Cruz with Pafford EMS said, "Currently we are dealing with another round of COVID. It appears that the symptoms are very similar to the flu, and those affected are feeling quite ill. RSV is also a huge problem right now. As of Friday, there were no pediatric beds available in the state of Oklahoma due to the large amount of RSV patients."

During consideration of resolutions, bids, and contracts, the commissioners approved the resolution to appoint Monte Proctor as the interim floodplain manager for Sequoyah County.

In new business, there was approval of the following items:

· Approval to appoint Stephanie Smith as purchasing agent for Sequoyah County.

· Approval of 324a claim form for Payment of Right-of-Way Property for Parcel 3.0 and 3.1 on the Sallisaw View Project #31200, District #3

· Approval of 324A claim form for payment to Kenneth Shakingbush for the purchase of permanent and temporary easements for Sallisaw View JP #321000, District #3

· Approval of 324a claim for payment to Federal Highway Admin. to be paid from the CIRB account in regards to Blackgum Landing JP#33050(04), District #2.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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