COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE: March 29
March 26, 2020
March 29, 2020
An additional 52 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, bringing the total to 429 across 44 counties, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). One new death was reported, a male aged 50-64 in Oklahoma County, raising the number of state fatalities to 16.
An additional 14 hospitalizations were also confirmed today, bringing that total to 140. (*NOTE: As of March 27, another 482 hospitalized patients are under investigation, with 105 of those in ICU. An additional 433 people were listed under self-quarantine, according to OSDH.)
New counties with cases include Garfield, Rogers, Seminole and Texas 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.
"The Stitt administration and Oklahoma hospitals are together working on a plan to increase ICU capacities by 40 percent," today's OSDH statement said. "In addition, the Governor on Friday requested FEMA to begin a survey for additional locations where the State could expand hospital locations for treating COVID-19 patients. More details will be released in the coming days.
"Due to our increased number of test kits and drive-thru locations, we have received more specimens than we can process at this time and are utilizing our partnerships with private labs. Our private lab partners have expanded to include Regional Medical Laboratory (RML) in Okla. City and Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL) in Austin, in addition to Diagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma (DLO)."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM OSDH:
• Governor Stitt's "Safer at Home" Executive Order remains in place through April 30 for all 77 counties in Oklahoma, requiring those over the age of 65 as well as immunocompromised children and adults to shelter at home unless getting groceries, attending a medical appointment, or participating in a daily exercise.
• As of March 27, new regional drive-thru testing sites are open in four cities in Oklahoma as a result of a cross-county, city and state health system partnership, with two more sites being open by next week in Western Oklahoma. Information about those locations can be found here: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/drive-thru-testing
• The state launched a website Friday to coordinate corporate PPE donations across the state to get critical protective equipment to health care professionals who are on the front lines of delivering COVID-19 care: https://ppedonation.ok.gov/
For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.
ACROSS THE US (as of 1:10 p.m.):
Deaths now total 2,351, according to the Johns Hopkins University, with 132,637 cases being reported.
Numbers reported by the Center For Disease Control (CDC), reflect with nearly 1,000 less cases and 239 fewer deaths reported and notes they are preliminary as they will not be confirmed by state and territorial health departments until Monday.
The World Health Organization (WHO), reported the lowest figures with 102,321 US cases and 11,668 deaths.
WORLD-WIDE (as of 1:10 p.m.):
Across the globe, the total number of COVID-19 deaths reached 32,137, with 685,623 cases being reported, according to Johns Hopkins. The World Health Organization (WHO) again reported the lower figures world-wide with a total 29,957 deaths and 634,835 confirmed cases.