Weekend COVID-19 UPDATE: Fatalities reported in Neighboring Lincoln & Seminole Counties
State Adds 224 Virus Cases, With Four In Pott County; And Five Local Nursing Home Cases Now Reported
April 30, 2020
May 3, 2020 – Today, for the first time since March, no new COVID-19 related deaths were reported. However, this weekend saw 224 new cases of the virus confirmed, and eight fatalities reported Saturday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) - two of which were from neighboring counties.
Oklahoma's COVID-19 cases now total 3,972, with 238 fatalities - 96 of which are associated with nursing homes or long-term care facilities according to OSDH data. Today's new virus cases number 121, while yesterday's was 103. As of 5 p.m., OSDH shows 2,635 positive patients recovered, leaving 1,099 active cases. OSDH defines recovered as, "Currently not hospitalized or deceased and 14 days after onset/report."
According to the newest hospital data released from OSDH for May 1, the number of self-quarantined patients nearly doubled from those seen in a hospital during the 24-hour reporting periods at the beginning of the week. The Friday, May 1, Executive Order Report shows 680 patients self-quarantined after being seen in a hospital within the 24-hour reporting period. Looking back at Monday's report, April 27, it showed 393 self-quarantined during the reporting period and Tuesday's report, April 28, showed 387 – both were the two lowest numbers reported by OSDH for April, with the exception of the April 6 report of 378.
Pottawatomie County picked up four new COVID-19 cases this weekend for a new total of 52 confirmed cases of the virus, with 33 recovered and four fatalities, the last of which was reported by OSDH on April 18.
Of the county's 52 cases, five are reportedly associated with local nursing homes or long-term care facilities. Shawnee's Colonial Estates Nursing Home shows one case of COVID-19 by a resident, according to OSDH's May 1 Executive Order Report. Details on the other four could not be found among the data.
In the Dale/McLoud zip code, 74851, two new cases were added this weekend for a total of six residents positive for the virus, four of which OSDH lists as recovered.
Shawnee's total number of cases reported is now 31, with four fatalities and 19 recovered. The 74801 zip code area now reflects 17 cases, with 12 recovered. The north side, 74804, now reflects 13 cases, three deaths and seven recovered. OSDH city data shows the fourth fatality was also a Shawnee resident, but does not currently have it reflected in data for either zip code.
Throughout the rest of the county, the newest information from OSDH reflects the following (*denotes multi-county towns):
• 5 Tecumseh cases, with 2 recovered;
• 3 recovered in the Asher/74826 area;
• 2 cases in Wanette, with one recovered;
• 2 recovered cases in Earlsboro*;
• 1 recovered case in Maud*;
• 1 active case in Meeker*; and
• 2 cases in Konawa*, with 1 fatality and 1 recovered.
Fatalities in neighboring Lincoln and Seminole counties were listed among the eight deaths reported in Saturday's OSDH update.
The death of a 65 or older female is the first fatality confirmed for Lincoln County, which has a total toady of 14 COVID-19 cases, eight of which are listed as recovered by OSDH. Seminole County also lost a female resident, aged 65 or old, bringing their total to two fatalities and 12 cases confirmed, with seven listed as recovered.
Of the eight Oklahoma deaths announced yesterday, four occurred within the 24 hour period of the report. The other four occurred April 29-30. All were aged 65 or older, with the exception of a female aged 50-64 in Cleveland County. There was one male, from Tulsa County; and one female each in Caddo, Washington, Texas and Oklahoma counties.
Across the country, confirmed cases now total 1,157,686 reported this evening by Johns Hopkins University as of 6:30 p.m. Of those, 180,152 patients are listed as recovered, with U.S. fatalities now totaling 67,674. New York accounts for 28 percent of the country's COVID-19 deaths with 19,189 fatalities reported this evening by the New York State Department of Health.
World-wide, total cases have reached 3,503,533 this evening, according to John's Hopkins University as of 6:30 p.m. Global fatalities now total 247,306 with 1,124,240 total patients reported as recovered.
• 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.
• Drive-thru COVID-19 testing is now available at the Oklahoma Health Center in coordination with the University of Oklahoma. If you are experiencing symptoms, call 405-271-7774 to make an appointment. More information can be found at http://www.covidoumedicine.com.
• A list of COVID-19 testing sites in the state can be found at http://www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov/drive-thru-testing .
• For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.