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COVID concerns discussed at county commissioners meeting

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - The Sequoyah County Commissioners held their weekly meeting on Monday, January 10, at 10 a.m.

Citizens' presentations consisted of many schools and organizations reporting their concern due to the rapid surge of COVID cases in Sequoyah County. Board president of the Sequoyah County Boys and Girls Club, Lindsie Dyer, said, "The Sequoyah County Boys and Girls Club Sallisaw unit will be closed until January 18 due to the additional positive COVID cases which were reported today."

School nurse for Moffett and Brushy Public Schools, Shannon Edwards, who collaborates with several Sequoyah County schools said, "COVID as well as flu cases are significantly increasing throughout our area. Right now, it's very important for parents to keep their children home from school if they have symptoms such as a headache, sore throat, frequent sneezing, coughing, fever, or body aches."

Edwards added, "It is also important that students remain fever-free for 24 hours without the assistance of medication prior to their return to school."

According to the Oklahoma State Health Department, the CDC has updated their COVID guidelines, including quarantine procedures.

You can find the most recent isolation and quarantine guidelines by following the link provided: COVID_Isolation_and_Quarantine_Guidance.pdf (

Oklahoma State Department of Health has added an isolation and quarantine calculator on their website at: to assist in determining isolation and quarantine dates for individuals who are unsure where they fall within the CDC guidelines.

In other business, inmate housing contracts between the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office and the towns of Vian, Gore, Marble City, Gans and Webbers Falls were approved with a $3.00 increase. Undersheriff Charles House said, "We have tried to keep the cost down, but due to the increase in food and medical expenses, we have no choice but to make that increase."

New business consisted of the approval of the purchase of two 2022 Chevrolet Crew Cab 4WD trucks for the Sequoyah County Sheriff's office. One will be purchased on a state contract and the other will be paid for out of the sheriff's forfeiture account.

Approval of the transfer of appropriations from maintenance and operations to capital outlay for the purchase of a woodchipper for Sequoyah County District 1.

Approval of the transfer of appropriations from the Sheriff's Service Fee maintenance and operations to the Safe Oklahoma grant payroll.

Approval of declaration of surplus items to be sold in an online auction for Sequoyah County District 1.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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