April 21: 21 More Deaths Reported; COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE
April 16, 2020
April 21, 2020 –Twenty-one new deaths have been reported today by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), for a cumulative total of 164 dead. Today marks the highest daily jump in reported COVID-19 fatalities, as well as the date forecasted as the peak impact of the virus in Oklahoma.
OSDH reported five of the 21 deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, with the remaining 16 occurring between April 14-19, in nine counties: four in Delaware, four in Washington, four in Wagoner, Three in Tulsa, Two in Kay and one each in Oklahoma, Greer, Bryan and Comanche counties.
The number of cases reported today rose 127, for a new cumulative total of 2,807 confirmed cases of the virus. The jump in new cases is the highest reported since April 9 and fifth highest daily jump reported by OSDH.
A prediction model released by the state agency on April 10, forecasted 22 new daily deaths today, April 21, and a cumulative death toll of 469. While the number of deaths reported today is one below the estimated forecast, the current cumulative total falls well below the prediction, by about 65 percent. The numbers also do not include deaths occurring or confirmed after the data was released this morning.
In Pottawatomie County, no change has been reported in the number of deaths or cases confirmed by OSDH. Total county cases still stand at 36 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 4 deaths. The number of recovered residents is now 24, leaving eight known active cases.
Statewide, the most recent OSDH Executive Order Report from April 20, shows 153 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, with 93 in ICU. An additional 193 hospitalized patients were listed as under investigation, 71 of which were in ICU. Within the 24-hour reporting period for the report, 443 people were self-quarantined after being seen in a hospital.
The number of recovered COVID-19 patients now totals 1,702 in Oklahoma according to today's OSDH online data. A patient is considered recovered by OSDH 14 days after onset/report and, "Currently not hospitalized or deceased."
To report symptoms, call 211 or visit the state's interactive tracking site at coronavirus.health.ok.gov/symptom-tracker.
Information released today on the 21 new deaths was reported as follows (all aged 65 or older unless otherwise noted):
• 4 Delaware County: 2 males; plus a male and female aged 50-64
• 4 Washington County: 2 females and 2 males
• 4 Wagoner County: 2 males and 1 female; plus 1 female aged 50-64
• 3 Tulsa County: 1 male; plus 1 male and 1 female aged 50-64
• 2 Kay County: 1 male; plus 1 female aged 50-64
• 1 Oklahoma County: 1 female aged 50-64
• 1 Bryan County: 1 male aged 50-64
• 1 Greer County: 1 female
• 1 Comanche County: 1 male
• 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, as tests are available, 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.