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April 17: A Look At This Week's COVID-19 Impact


April 16, 2020

SOURCE: Oklahoma State Department of Health

April 17, 2020 – Since Monday morning, nearly 500 new cases of COVID-19, and 40 fatalities, have been reported statewide with 576 recovered patients, according the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). The cumulative total of positive cases is now 2,465, with 1,441 total recovered and 136 total reported deaths.

Pottawatomie County has 33 total confirmed cases, 23 of those in Shawnee, and is still holding with three total deaths.

Among the 40 new fatalities, in 20 counties, confirmed this week, three were in the 18-35 age group and one was aged 50-64. The other 36 deaths were all aged 65 or older according to OSDH.

This week, OSDH launched a new community tool for residents to report their symptoms, which is then included in a detailed interactive data tracking system.

"I'm thrilled to offer this resource to the citizens of Oklahoma as we enter into the predicted peak of the COVID-19 pandemic," said Commissioner of Health Gary Cox in a press release. "Getting testing information into the hands of people who are symptomatic is crucial to flattening the curve and the public dashboard that is populated with data from OSDH will give anyone the ability to see data drilled down to their city and zip code."

Information can be displayed by zip code, city, type of symptoms reported, age, number of citizen reports by date and much more.

To report symptoms, call 211 or visit

"Based on the answers given, the tracker provides customized advice and could be used to schedule tests, ask for symptom updates and more" the OSDH release stated.

In the past three weeks, since April 1, total confirmed cases have increased by 1,736 statewide, while 106 fatalities have been added to the 30 deaths reported as of the beginning of the month.

40 Total Fatalities This Week:

(all aged 65 or older unless otherwise noted):

• 4 Washington County: all females, with 1 aged 18-35

• 4 Delaware County: 2 females and 2 males

• 4 Tulsa County: 2 males and 2 females

• 3 Oklahoma County: all males

• 4 Cleveland County: a female and three males

• 3 Wagoner County: 1 female and 2 males

• 2 Canadian County: a female and a male

• 2 Caddo County: both female

• 2 Mayes County: both male

• 2 Rogers County: a male and a female

• 1 Adair County: a female, aged 50-64

• 1 Major County: a female, aged 18-35

• 1 Texas County: a male, aged 18-35

• 1 female each in: Creek, Greer and Muskogee counties

• 1 male each in: Grady, Kay, Osage, Pittsburg and Pontotoc Counties


• SSM Health is offering free virtual evaluations at

• For mental health, a disaster distress helpline is available by calling 1-800-985-5990.

• Drive-thru testing is available is available by appointment, as tests are available, in downtown Shawnee, at Community Health Shawnee Family Medical Center, 130 N. Broadway, Suite 30. Call 405-395-0300 to pre-register and set an appointment.

• Curbside testing is also available by appointment at the Pottawatomie County Health Department by calling 405-273-2157.

• For a complete list of testing sites across the state, visit


April 14 - Issued statewide Executive Order that:

Enforces "Safer at Home" order across all 77 counties, requiring those age 65 and older and individuals who are immunocompromised or have pre-existing conditions to shelter in their homes, leaving only for essential needs like groceries or prescriptions, until April 30.

Closes non-essential businesses across all 77 counties until April 30:

Businesses deemed essential can be found here:

Restaurants may remain open in these counties but must close their dine-in area, offering instead curbside pickup and delivery.

Counties that must be in compliance can be found listed here: on

Suspends elective surgeries, minor medical procedures, and non-emergency dental procedures until April 30 to preserve medical supplies and PPE for COVID-19 response.

Prohibits gatherings of 10 or more individuals.

Prohibits visitors at nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities.

Requires individuals to quarantine for 14 days once returning from the following states where national experts have identified significant community spread of COVID-19:

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Louisiana, California, Washington

Copy of the latest executive order is here:

Activated the Oklahoma National Guard and set up a Multi-Agency Coordination Center at the ONG Regional Training Institute where members the Governor's Solution Task Force, members of the National Guard, and a limited number of personnel from other state agencies are working together to plan response and recovery activities for COVID-19.

Declared a Health Emergency to allow the governor to waive statutory or regulatory requirements as well as the ability to coordinate a cohesive statewide response among city and county health departments for COVID-19 purposes.

Requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to provide reimbursement for eligible COVID-19 response costs. The request was approved by President Trump for all 77 Oklahoma counties.

COVID-19 testing:

Implemented statewide reporting requirements to collect and create transparent data of hospitals' bed capacity, PPE supplies, and COVID-19 testing capacity. Data will be published regularly on this link:

Expanded the State's ability to process COVID-19 tests by tenfold, filing an executive order on March 22 to allow the labs at Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma (OU) to perform COVID-19 testing. As of March 31, OSU's lab is capable of processing 2,300 test kits a day, bringing the State's total capacity to roughly 2,800 a day, so long as supplies are available.

SOURCE: Oklahoma State Department of Health

Opened more than 75 drive COVID-19 drive-thru testing locations, in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and county health departments. Details on those locations can be found here:

Entered into a public-private partnership with multiple private labs, beginning March 20, to expand the State's capacity to deliver COVID-19 testing results. A list of those labs and their processing times can be found in the Governor's daily COVID-19 report beginning on March 30:

For a complete list, visit


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