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April 1: COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE

 

Editors Note: This information has amended changes to drive-thru testing sites.

Pottawatomie County now has six confirmed COVID-19 cases as the state total hits 719, up 154 from Tuesday, as reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). Another seven Oklahoma deaths have been reported, for a total of 30. New fatalities reported by OSDH include:

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

• Greer County: a female older than 65.

• Muskogee County: a male older than 65.

• Osage County: a male older than 65.

• Mayes County: a male aged 50-64

Total confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations rose to 219, an increase of 42 patients from yesterday. OSDH also reported, as of March 31, an additional 385 hospitalized patients were under investigation, with 112 of those in ICU. A total of 633 people were listed under self-quarantine, according to OSDH.

Of Oklahoma's 77 counties, 48 now reflect confirmed COVID-19 cases. Greer County is the most recent addition to the list of counties now 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.

Drive-thru testing sites (no appointment necessary) open today, Thursday and Friday: Woodward from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Woodward County Event Center; Altus from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Western Oklahoma State College; and Lawton from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Urgent Care Clinic, 3811 W. Gore.

Criteria for testing at drive-thru testing sites:Must be 18 or older, only one specimen per household, have not had close contact (within 6 ft.) of someone who has tested positive in past 14 days, currently experiencing fever (>100.4 degrees F) AND cough or shortness of breath.

Testing is also available at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a physician referral and by appointment only.

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 and people age 65 or older, and those with a compromised a immune system, must shelter at home.

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 31: 33% PICU (pediatric ICU) beds, 35% ICU beds, 45% medical surgery beds, 54% pediatric beds and 62% operating room beds. Available ventilators were 744 and 62% negative flow rooms available (520). Overall hospital occupancy was at 4,432 patients as of previous midnight (among all hospitals reporting, and a compliance rate of 92%).

• Testing kits available for use at hospitals totaled 19,612, Tuesday's OSDH report states. The median days of personal protective equipment (PPE) on hand was 5 in Oklahoma County and 9 in Tulsa County. The state average of PPE stock was 13.3 days worth.

UNITED STATES (as of 12:10 p.m.):

Deaths now total 4,127 across the country, according to the Johns Hopkins University, with 190,740 total cases being reported. Numbers reported by the Center For Disease Control (CDC) show 183,101 total cases and 3,603 deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO), reported significantly higher today with 205,035 US cases and 4,516 deaths.

WORLD-WIDE (as of 12:10 p.m.):

Across the globe, the total number of COVID-19 deaths reached 44,264, with 887,067 worldwide cases being reported, according to Johns Hopkins. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported significantly higher figures today with a total 45,532 deaths and 911,541 confirmed cases world-wide.

 

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