The Osage Nation on Wednesday morning, June 3, issued an immediate closure order for most of its government structure until further notice.

The tribe made certain exceptions to the closure, specifying that the Wah-Zha-Zhe Health Center, the Osage Nation Counseling Center, and the Osage Nation PRT Department (which provides residential drug and alcohol treatment) will remain open. The Osage Nation Domestc Violence Center will take phone calls at 918-287-5422.

The Osage News reported late Tuesday that Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear would hold an executive meeting Wednesday morning because of concerns about possible transmission of COVID-19.

The Osage News also indicated concerns that COVID-19 could have been transmitted at Election Candidate Camps on June 1, and at a funeral.

According to a press release from Dr. Ronald Shaw, CEO of Osage Nation Health Services, which was published online by the Osage Office of the Chiefs, six new COVID-19 cases, all involving Osage Nation employees, were identified Tuesday, June 2, at the Wah-Zha-Zhe Health Center.

The release explained that at least one employee who tested positive for COVID-19 had attended a funeral and an outdoor election candidate event.