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COVID-19 Mid-May Review

Nearly half of Oklahoma's COVID-19 deaths have been Long-Term Care/Nursing Home cases One new county case; More Self-Quarantined Patients Seen As State Enters Phase To Reopen


May 19, 2020 – As communities continue to reopen and reported COVID-19 deaths appear to continue declining, two numbers appear to be on the rise this month – the percentage of deaths in long-term care facilities and nursing homes, and the number of Oklahomans self-quarantined after being seen in a hospital during each 24 hour reporting period, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) data.

Of the total 294 state deaths Tuesday, 144 (48.8%) were listed as long-term care/nursing home cases in the state's May 19 Executive Order Report. In the May 1 report, 41.7 percent (96) of Oklahoma's 230 confirmed COVID-19 deaths were long-term care/nursing home cases. That percentage was 33.6 on April 20, and 23.9 on April 10.

May has also reflected a rise in the number of self-quarantined patients seen in a hospital within the 24-hour reporting period detailed in the OSDH Executive Order Reports, which are submitted to the governor five days a week. 

The first two weeks of May had the highest number of self-quarantined patients reported within the past six weeks. A total of 3,994 patients seen were self-quarantined according to the state's May 4-8 data, along with a total of 2,901 from May 11-15. The only other week with a higher total than last week's was reported in OSDH data from March 30-April 3. 

The most self-quarantined patients reported in a single 24-hour reporting period was reflected on May 5, with 1,244. The next highest report date was the day before, on May 4, with 769 patients listed as self-quarantined after being seen in a hospital.

Oklahoma now totals 5,489 cumulative COVID-19 cases and 294 deaths as OSDH added 91 new positive cases Tuesday and six more fatalities. 

From May 8-15, the agency reported 662 new virus cases and 25 deaths. From May 1-7, 712 new cases were reported, and 38 deaths. The first 15 days of May saw a total of 1,338 new COVID-19 cases and 55 deaths.

Cumulative recovered cases totaled 4,135 patients, with 1,400 of those reported the first 15 days of May. OSDH defines recovered as, "Currently not hospitalized or deceased and 14 days after onset/report." 

Pottawatomie COUNTY

Pottawatomie County picked up seven new COVID-19 cases in the first half of the month for a cumulative total of 57. Data from the state health department show three new cases were added on May 1, one case May 7, two on May 8, and one case each on May 13, 16, and 17.

Shawnee has had a total of 37 cases, including four fatalities and 29 showing recovered as of Tuesday. OSDH data shows 22 cases in the 74801 zip code, with 18 listed recovered; and 14 cases in 74804, with three total fatalities and 11 recovered.

Of the new local cases in the past week, OSDH data shows an increase of one more nursing home or long-term care case, for a new total of seven. Shawnee's Colonial Estates Nursing Home continues to show one case of COVID-19 by a resident, according to OSDH's May 19 Executive Order Report. Details on the other six could not be found among the long-term care facility data.

The average age of Oklahomans who have died from COVID-19 is 74.8 years old, while the average age of all positive patients is 49.5.

The average age of those hospitalized versus not is a bit lower, with 65 as the average age hospitalized and 46.5 the average of those not requiring inpatient treatment of the virus.

Of the nearly 5500 reported cases, 67 have been between birth and four years old. Between ages 5 and 17, there have 185 recorded cases. The remaining cases re closely spread among the four remaining age groups listed by OSDH, with the most aged 65 or older (1,412 cases).

Throughout the rest of the county, OSDH data is as follows (*denotes multi-county towns):

• 6 recovered Dale/McLoud cases, 

• 5 recovered Tecumseh cases, 

• 3 recovered in the Asher/74826 area; 

• 2 recovered cases in Wanette, 

• 2 recovered cases in Earlsboro*; 

• 1 recovered case in Maud*; 

• 1 active case in Meeker*; and 

• 2 cases in Konawa*, with 1 (Seminole County) fatality and 1 recovered. 

OSDH Commissioner Gary Cox has encouraged all Oklahomans to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible. The state's goal is to test 90,000 people during the month of May.

COVID-19 testing is open to everyone; people do not need to exhibit symptoms to be tested.


• SSM Health is offering free virtual evaluations at Testing, including anti-body testing, is now available for SSM Health patients by calling (405) 273-5801 for an appointment.

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

• Drive-thru testing 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

• A list of COVID-19 testing sites in the state can be found at

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