Oklahoma COVID-19 cases have hit 81, up from 67 on Sunday. As of now, there are two deaths in Oklahoma. The largest portion of COVID-19 cases are in the 18-49 age range, which is odd, given the general consensus about seniors being more susceptible to the virus than most. As of now, Creek County continues to report zero cases.
Here are the latest details from the Oklahoma State Department regarding how the state and country are responding to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Stay at home. Do not go to work, school, or leave your house for 14 days. Discuss your work situation with your employer.
Monitor your health. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever (temperature of 100.4°F/38°C or higher). Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
Practice social distancing within the home. Avoid contact with other people for the 14 days. Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from family members and others in the home when possible.
Before there was community spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, monitoring pending PUIs was a way to track all imported suspect cases as a means of preventing community spread. Now that there is community spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, the PUI metric no longer reflects the current outbreak status in Oklahoma. This is largely driven by the high volume of people being tested at labs independent of the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Public Health Laboratory. Therefore, we will no longer report daily PUI numbers to prevent causing confusion as we transition to an expanded process of testing for COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
There is a high incidence of cases in the 18-49 age group. People of all age groups are asked to stay home and practice social distancing.
The Governor’s Solution Task Force is actively working to expand COVID-19 testing through public-private partnerships, engaging OU and OSU laboratories and deploying satellite testing units in Oklahoma, Tulsa, Kay and Pittsburg Counties.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) continues to support guidelines from the CDC related to social distancing and personal hygiene. OSDH encourages Oklahomans to stay home, reduce person-to-person contact, wash hands frequently, and avoid touching your face. If you develop symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or cough, please contact your medical professional or call the COVID-19 call center at 877-215-8336 or 211 for assistance.
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