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March 31: COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE

 

March 26, 2020

March 31, 2020

Pottawatomie County now has five confirmed COVID-19 cases as the state total jumps to 565, up 84 from Monday, as reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). Another six Oklahomans have been added to the growing number of deaths in the state, which now total 23. New fatalities reported by OSDH include:

• Oklahoma County: a male older than 65, and a male and a female, both aged 50-64

• Canadian County: a male older than 65.

• Muskogee County: a male older than 65.

• Wagoner County: a male older than 65.

Total confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations rose to 177, an increase of 24 patients from yesterday. OSDH also reported, as of March 30, an addtional 390 hospitalized patients were under investigation, with 134 of those in ICU. A total of 484 people were listed under self-quarantine, according to OSDH.

Of Oklahoma's 77 counties, 47 now reflect confirmed COVID-19 cases.

By the end of Monday, the state received more than 60 percent of its personal protective equipment (PPE) order from the federal government's Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), and the state expects to be at 100 percent in the next couple days, according to OSDH. The order included the following items: gloves, gowns, face/eye protection, N95, and surgical masks.

On Sunday, officials moved 700 cases of PPE to regional warehouses located on the front lines of resupplying medical system providers. Due to a continued national shortage, the Oklahoma will reserve SNS for hospitals which have 1) ICU beds and 2) have persons under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 or patients with a positive test.

Due to a multi-million dollar order the state placed on the private market, officials anticipate larger shipments of PPE, to include additional N95 masks, in the next week.

REMINDER: Governor Stitt's "Safer at Home" order includes the following guidelines for all 77 counties until April 30:

No gatherings in groups larger than 10 people. People age 65 or older or those with a compromised immune system must shelter at home.

PLEASE NOTE: Some local municipalities, to include Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Norman, have put into place law enforcement efforts to enforce the Governor's order as well as the cities' additional "shelter in place" policies.

On both statewide and municipal levels, individuals can still leave for essential errands such as to grocery stores or pharmacies. Residents are urged to call 2-1-1 or visit covidresources.ok.gov for more resources and information.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM OSDH:

• OSDH reported the following percentage of available medical beds across the state, as of March 30: 33% ICU beds, 44% medical surgery beds, 55% pediatric beds, 55% PICU (pediatric ICU) beds and 81% 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%).

• Seventy percent, 754, of the state's ventilators were reported available, along with 57 percent (500) negative flow rooms. Overall hospital occupancy stood at 4,665 patients in all reporting hospitals, with a reporting compliance of 98.5 percent.

• Testing kits available for use at hospitals totaled 17,165, Monday's OSDH report states. The median days of personal protective equipment (PPE) on hand was 4.5 in Oklahoma County and 8 in Tulsa County. The state average of PPE stock was 10.6 days worth.

• On Sunday evening, Stitt issued a sixth amendment to Executive Order (EO) 2020-07, requiring travelers from six states to self-quarantine for 14 day. Those include New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Louisiana and Washington. The amendment also requires delivery personnel to submit to screenings when making deliveries at hospitals, clinics, long term care facilities and daycares. The EO also protects health care workers and their families from discrimination in housing or child care.

UNITED STATES (as of 4:10 p.m.):

Deaths now total 3,606 across the country, according to the Johns Hopkins University, with 181,099 total cases being reported.

Numbers reported by the Center For Disease Control (CDC) show 163,539 total cases and 2,860 deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO), reported the lowest figures with 140,640 US cases and 2,398 deaths.

WORLD-WIDE (as of 4:10 p.m.):

Across the globe, the total number of COVID-19 deaths reached 41,494, with 846,156 cases being reported, according to Johns Hopkins. The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to report lower figures with a total 36,571 deaths and 754,948 confirmed cases world-wide.

 

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