April 18: Fourth Death in Pottawatomie County Reported; COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE
April 16, 2020
April 18, 2020 – Another fatality in Pottawatomie County has been reported due to COVID-19, bringing the local total to four deaths and 35 positive cases now confirmed, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). Twenty-two local patients have recovered, leaving nine known active cases of the virus countywide.
A Shawnee female, aged 65 or older, is among three new deaths announced in Oklahoma today. New data now being released by OSDH also shows the previous three fatalities in the county were also Shawnee residents.
Details of the 35 known COVID-19 cases in Pottawatomie County, as reported by OSDH, include: 23 in Shawnee, with 12 recovered; four in McLoud, with three recovered; three recovered in Asher; two recovered in Tecumseh; one recovered in Earlsboro; and one active positive case in Maud.
The other two Oklahoma deaths reported today by OSDH include a male, aged 36-49, from Oklahoma County and a female, aged 50-64, in Wagoner County.
Oklahoma cases now total 2,570, an increase of 105 new cases, and a total of 139 fatalities, reported by OSDH today. The number of recovered patients reported is 1,534, leaving 897 known active cases statewide.
A new community tool is now available for Oklahoma residents to report their symptoms, and also view data reported by others, which is then included in a detailed interactive tracking system. Information is populated in several ways to show reported impact according to age, gender, location, symptoms experienced and much more.
To report symptoms, call 211 or visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov/symptom-tracker.
• SSM Health is offering free virtual evaluations at http://www.ssmhealth.com/StopTheSpread.
• 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 http://www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov/drive-thru-testing.
The peak impact of COVID-19 in Oklahoma has been estimated to hit on, Tuesday, April 21, according to a model released on April 10, by the OSDH. New daily deaths were forecasted to be 22 on April 21, for a cumulative statewide total of 469 fatalities.
The number of new cases on April 21, is projected to be 436 for statewide cumulative total of 9,300 cases.
In the hospital setting, the estimated model predicts 131 new admissions at the peak, with 915 people inpatient that day, including 448 in ICU.
The model was based on continued compliance with social distancing practices through May 1.