OKLAHOMA CITY — An eighth Oklahoman has died after contracting COVID-19, as the number of cases topped 300, with no positive test results in Northwest Oklahoma, according to Friday statistics released by Oklahoma State Department of Health.

The number of cases was reported at 322 on Friday, March 27, 2020, in 38 counties, according to OSDH, with 105 hospitalizations. There have been 1,084 who have tested negative for coronavirus COVID-19 in the state. The health department has stated all residents should assume COVID-19 is in their communities and take precautions.

The latest death was a man in his 70s in Creek County, according to OSDH. Other deaths include five men — one in his 40s, 2 in their 50s, one in his 60s and one in his 70s — and two women — one in her 60s and one in her 90s — that have occurred in Cleveland, Oklahoma, Pawnee and Tulsa counties, according information as of 11:30 a.m. Friday on the OSDH website

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Oklahoma Test Results

Positive (in-state residents) 481 17
Positive (out-of-state residents) 2
Negative 1,207
Hospitalizations 153
State Public Health Laboratory 145
Diagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma 90
Other 246
Adair 4
Beckham 1
Bryan 1
Caddo 1
Canadian 15
Carter 1
Choctaw 1
Cherokee 1
Cleveland 60 6
Comanche 12
Cotton 1
Craig 1
Creek 18 1
Custer 4
Delaware 7
Garfield 2
Garvin 6
Grady 3
Jackson 1
Kay 20
Latimer 1
LeFlore 1
Lincoln 4
Logan 4
Love 1
Mayes 4
McClain 2
Muskogee 7
Noble 3
Nowata 4
Oklahoma 134 4
Okmulgee 3
Osage 11
Ottawa 6
Pawnee 15 1
Payne 14
Pittsburg 2
Pontotoc 3
Pottawatomie 2
Rogers 1
Seminole 1
Sequoyah 2 1
Stephens 2
Texas 1
Tulsa 65 3
Wagoner 8 1
Washington 20
00-04 4
05-17 6
18-35 80
36-49 90 1
50-64 132 5
65+ 169 11
Female 253 7
Male 228 10
Information from the Oklahoma Department of Health Website: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov
(Enid News & Eagle table updated at noon March 30, 2020)

New counties with cases include Caddo, Cherokee, Choctaw, Latimer and Pittsburg counties.

"These counties will now be required to come into compliance with Governor Kevin Stitt's 'Safer at Home' executive order that calls for non-essential businesses in counties with COVID-19 cases to temporarily suspend services until April 16," according to the OSDH.

Positive tests per county in the state are 94 in Oklahoma County; 49 in Tulsa County; 39 in Cleveland County; 17 in Kay County; 14 each in Creek and Pawnee counties; 11 in Canadian County; 9 in Washington County; 8 in Wagoner County; 7 in Payne County; 6 in Comanche County; 5 each in Muskogee and Osage counties; 3 each in Adair, Custer, Lincoln, Logan and Noble counties; 2 each in Delaware, Garvin, Grady, Mayes, McClain, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Pontotoc and Pottawatomie counties; and 1 each in Bryan, Caddo, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Craig, Jackson, Latimer, Ottawa, Sequoyah and Stephens counties, according to OSDH information released Friday morning.

“As the state continues to work aggressively with public and private partners to increase testing supplies in Oklahoma, it is likely that the increase in confirmed cases is related to an increase in testing in the state,” a situation update released Thursday from the OSDH states.

Ages of patients range from 0 to 95 years old. There are 3 in the 0-4 range, 5 in the 5-17 range, 54 in the 18-35 range, 64 in the 36-49 range, 81 in the 50-64 range and 115 in the 65 and older range, according to OSDH.

Of those testing, 165 are female and 157 are male.

Those developing symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or cough should contact their medical professionals or call the COVID-19 Call Center at (877) 215-8336 or 211 for assistance.

The health department reports that testing materials remain in short supply. If test results are positive, public health officials initiate an investigation, which results in notifying the patient and provider to conduct the case investigation and contact tracing procedures.

"Patients are encouraged to consult their physician or public health professional about their symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. Clinicians may recommend testing for other respiratory illnesses, including flu, before recommending a COVID-19 test," according to the OSDH website. Those who are uninsured an call 211 for community resources.

OSDH announced Wednesday it plans to establish four satellite testing locations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kay, and Pittsburg counties in order to develop best practices for a more robust platform.

The new testing sites will roll out in phases, with one one each in Pittsburg and Kay counties that opened on Wednesday, March 25, with 100 test kits and limited testing supplies.

There were 32 tests collected at the Kay County site and 16 in Pittsburg County, according to OSDH. The tests are being processed by the Oklahoma Public Health Laboratory.

The testing sites will allow the state's medical professionals to gather public health data, outside of the hospital setting, while determining the projected capacity needed for effective COVID-19 testing throughout Oklahoma, according to an OSDH situation report.

“With the number of cases rising each day, the OSDH urges the public to follow the Governor's ‘Safer at Home’ executive order advising vulnerable populations and those over the age of 65 to stay home until April 30 and for non-essential businesses in counties with COVID-19 cases to temporarily suspend services until April 30,” the report states. “The CDC also recommends the public to stay home, practice social distancing, hand washing, and specifically for those who are sick to isolate for up to 14 days.”

Governor Kevin Stitt announced during a press conference Tuesday afternoon that all non-essential businesses in 19 counties must close by the end of Wednesday, March 25.

The closures are part of a series of sweeping actions to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state as the number of cases and deaths continued to tick upward. Stitt also banned all gatherings of 10 or more statewide and ordered all elderly and vulnerable Oklahomans to stay home until April 30. He suspended all elective and non-emergent surgeries.

COVID-19 is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, in late-2019. Cases of the virus have since spread globally into a pandemic. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. While roughly 80% of cases report mild symptoms, some progress into severe pneumonia and multi-organ failure that can led to death, according to information on the OSDH website.

"Current data indicates the risk of death for those contracting COVID-19 notably increases for individuals above the age of 60 or for individuals with autoimmune conditions," according to OSDH.

On January 11, 2020, the first set of individuals in the United States tested positive for COVID-19. The virus has since spread across all 50 states, and the number testing positive continues to increase.

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced the Governor’s Solution Task Force — a multiagency group of experts and support personnel to enhance Oklahoma’s comprehensive response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Stitt said goals include protecting the health and lives of Oklahomans, mitigating economic impact and initiating a full recovery effort.

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma National Guard activated the Joint Task Force at the Oklahoma National Guard Regional Training Institute in Oklahoma City.

Comprised of members of both the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard, that task force is laying groundwork for possible support missions, said Brig. Gen. Tommy Mancino, executive director of the Oklahoma Military Department and the Oklahoma National Guard assistant adjutant general.


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