Oklahoma State Department of Health District 8 Public Information Officer Julie Williamson gave clarity on the new uptick in COVID-19 cases for Stephens County.
According to Williamson, the COVID-19 situation update issued Thursday, May 21 from the State Department of Health (OSDH) accurately reported Stephens County’s cases increased from 25 to 36.
“This is an accurate number that represents what we have seen in nursing home settings in Stephens County,” Williamson said. “The public health nurses have been working closely with nursing home owners and administration to complete testing and provide guidance for isolation protocols.”
The cases did not come overnight though, according to Williamson.
“The state surveillance system experienced a delay in reporting due to some lab results not being posted on the state level software,” Williamson said. “The increase today represented positive cases over a three day period.”
As of Thursday, Duncan had the majority of active cases with a total of 11 while Comanche reported two and Loco reported one.
The Governor’s Executive Report issued at end of business each week day reflects positive cases for long-term facilities, Williamson said. As of May 20, nursing homes in Stephens County reported three total cases. Locations are not disclosed. Additional data will become available at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 21, and The Banner will update with this information.
For those who are sick or think they have COVID-19, Williamson said self-isolation is key.
“Those who are sick or think they have COVID-19 should self-isolate at home in a room away from others in the household,” Williamson said. “It is recommended to use a separate bathroom if possible. Difficulty breathing is a serious concern and medical attention should be sought immediately.”
If someone seeks medical attention for symptoms, Williamson said health care providers or medical facilities a patient may visit must have contact in advance before the patient arrives.
To find out what to do if you are sick, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html.
County health departments offer COVID-19 curbside testing by appointment. For more information on testing sites, visit https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/testing-sites.
For more information about COVID-19, visit https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov or call 2-1-1.