Pott County Fatality – April 6: COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE
April 2, 2020
April 6, 2020 – The first fatality in Pottawatomie County due to COVID-19 has been confirmed today, bringing the total of Oklahoma deaths to 51 across 18 counties, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), and a new drive-thru testing site will open tomorrow in downtown Shawnee.
State officials report a Pottawatomie County man older than 65 is among five additional fatalities confirmed in Oklahoma today. Positive cases now total 1,327 statewide, 75 more than yesterday, with 13 of those in Pottawatomie County.
The state has also had the first confirmed death in the 18-35 age range, a male in Oklahoma County. Other deaths confirmed today include two Greer County residents, a male and a female older than 65, and a female in Osage County, also older than 65.
"Over the weekend, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) received more than 6,000 negative COVID-19 test results reported by private labs dating back to February," the agency's daily update stated. "The agency continues to collect negative test results from private labs, and will make the final count known to the public when they are finalized. This will help provide a full picture of the total testing in Oklahoma."
Beginning tomorrow, April 7, testing without an appointment will be available in downtown Shawnee at the Community Health Shawnee Family Medical Center, 130 N. Broadway, Suite 300. Testing is free and available for residents from Pottawatomie County and surrounding April 7-9, beginning at 1 p.m. each day while supplies last. Only one person per vehicle will be tested and must have a photo ID.
"Clients will be asked to answer screening questions through their car window and will need to give verbal consent to be tested," the facility stated in a community notice. "If you do not have transportation and currently experiencing symptoms please contact the office at 405-395-0300."
Vehicles are asked to enter through the alley located off of Main Street between The Ritz Theater and The Leafy Sol Dispensary.
Testing by appointment only is also available at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Community Development Corporation, 1545 S Gordon Cooper Dr, in Shawnee, OK. To contact the site, call (405) 273-2157. Visit http://www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov/drive-thru-testing for a complete list of testing sites.
For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.
UNITED STATES (as of 2 p.m.):
Nearly as many Americans have died in the past three days as the total number of fatalities reported by China since January, according to the Johns Hopkins University. With 1,122 new US deaths reported today, April 6, the nation's total number of COVID-19 fatalities hit five figures, with 10,389 citizens dead. The total number of confirmed US coronavirus cases is 352,546.
Numbers reported by the Center For Disease Control (CDC) reflect lower numbers, with 330,891 total cases and 8,910 total deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO), reported even lower numbers with 307,318 confirmed US cases and 8,358 deaths.
The highest number of US deaths continues to be in New York, with a total of 4,758 deaths reported by the New York State Department of Health on Sunday, April 5. New York tested 18,531 residents yesterday, with 40.7 percent (8,658) testing positive. In New York City, the percentage of positive results was more than half. Fatality data details co-morbidity data with 2,614 deceased patients reported as having hypertension (54.9 %) and 1,755 being diabetic (36.8%).
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced an increased maximum fine, from $500 to $1,000, for violations of New York's social distancing protocol.
WORLD-WIDE (as of 2 p.m.):
Across the globe, COVID-19 deaths total 73,917, and confirmed cases total 1,331,032, as reported by Johns Hopkins University.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports lower figures today with a total of 1,211,214 confirmed cases world-wide, and 67,666 confirmed deaths.