COVID-19 UPDATE: March 28
March 26, 2020
The Oklahoma State Department of Health confirmed an additional 55 positive cases of COVID-19 today, bringing to total to 377 across 40 counties. Seven new deaths were reported, bringing the state total to 15.
• Two in Cleveland County: a male and female, both over age 65
• Two in Tulsa County: a male and female, both over age 65
• One in Oklahoma County: a female over age 65
• One in Sequoyah County: a female in the 50-64 age group
• One in Wagoner County: a female over age 65
An additional 21 hospitalizations were also confirmed today, bringing that total to 126.
New counties with cases include Le Flore and Nowata 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.
As of March 27, another 482 hospitalized people are under investigation, with 105 of those in ICU. An additional 433 people were listed under self-quarantine.
OSDH reported the percentage of available medical beds, as of March 27, across the state as follows: 34% ICU beds, 42% medical surgery beds, 46% pediatric beds, 59% PICU (pediatric ICU) beds and 82% operating room beds. Available ventilators were 746 and 55% negative flow rooms available (443). Overall hospital occupancy was at 4,114 patients (among all hospitals reporting, and a compliance rate of 92%).
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM OSDH:
• On Thursday, COVID-19 testing supplies arrived in Oklahoma that will allow for 10,000 individuals to be tested in the coming weeks. Oklahoma State University (OSU) is bringing online lab capabilities by early next week that will allow the State, as a whole, to process roughly 2,800 COVID-19 tests a day. The University of Oklahoma is continuing to partner with the State to expand and bring online capabilities to process a significant number of COVID-19 tests in the coming weeks.
• 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.