Preparing for the spread of COVID-19

UPDATE: 12:15 p.m. March 19, 2020

Gary Curtis, Emergency Management Director for Stephens County, said the released information on a positive case of COVID-19 in Stephens County is not accurate. There are still no cases of COVID-19 in this area and the confirmed case in Stephens County has been retracted.

The announcement of a case in Stephens County came from an incorrect report from the State Department of Health. The reported case has since been retracted and will be updated with the State Department of Health as soon as possible.

Curtis said the error came from confusion on an address and the reported case belongs to a different county.

UPDATE: 12 p.m. March 19, 2020

Julie Williamson, Public Information Officer for District 8 which consists of Stephens County, contacted The Duncan Banner staff after this post was made available to the public.

Williamson said she is working to confirm the Stephens County case with the State Department of Health and advised an error in the report could be possible.

"We were caught off guard by the situation update that was posted and we had no prior notification of a case in Stephens County," Williamson said. "Mendy (Spohn) is following up with the epidemiologist to look and see if there might be an error in that. It is looking like that is a possibility and we are working diligently to try and get a confirmation on that and we will get all the media contacts updated as soon as we have that."

Once an update is available, The Banner will update this story with a confirmation or corrected information.

As of this advisory, there are 44 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. There has been one death attributed to COVID-19, a male in his 50s in Tulsa county.

The OSDH has partnered with 211Oklahoma to provide quick access to the COVID-19 hotline by dialing 2-1-1 from any phone.

There continues to be a shortage of complete testing kits, delaying the availability of test results. Due to this critically low supply, OSDH is working with health care providers to prioritize test completion for vulnerable populations which are as follows:

• Clusters of individuals who are experiencing symptoms, such as nursing homes.

• Individuals age 60 or older

• Children or adults who have compromised immune systems

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 such as shortness of breath, coughing or fever, please contact a health care provider for guidance or call 2-1-1 to speak with a state medical professional. During this time, remain isolated, drink fluids and rest. Only go to the emergency room if you are part of a vulnerable population or if symptoms worsen. If you have been tested by a medical provider, and are not part of a vulnerable population, there will be a delay in test results.

Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, it is strongly recommended that everyone observe social distancing and sanitation guidelines to avoid spread to vulnerable populations.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Positive (In-State) 44

Positive (Out-of-State) 2

Negative 466

PUIs Pending Results 250

Hospitalizations 4

Deaths 1

COVID-19 Cases by Age Group  (Age Group, Years)

00-04 -- 2

05-17 -- 0

18-49 -- 21

50-64 -- 13

65+ -- 8

Total -- 44

COVID-19 Cases by Gender

Male 21

Female 23

Total 44

COVID-19 Cases by County

Canadian -- 2

Cleveland -- 9

Custer -- 1

Grady -- 1

Jackson -- 1

Kay -- 2

Logan -- 1

McClain -- 1

Oklahoma -- 18

Pawnee -- 1

Payne -- 1

Tulsa -- 5

Washington -- 1

Total -- 44

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