Local, State Virus Cases Continue To Climb
June 25, 2020
More than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases have been reported across Oklahoma in the past two weeks, with daily numbers breaking previous records five out of the past 12 days, and 23 new cases reported in Pottawatomie County, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).
"Oklahoma has begun experiencing over the past two weeks an increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19, though the number of deaths have remained approximately the same," states the weekly OSDH epidemiology report, released June 19.
"The increase in the number of cases is caused by both ongoing community transmission and outbreaks that affect specific populations. The threat of COVID still exists and we anticipate it to grow."
Pottawatomie County has seen 28 new cases since June 1. Of the 74 Oklahoma counties with confirmed cases, Pottawatomie ranks 21 with a cumulative total of 90 confirmed positives as of Tuesday, June 23. Tulsa now has the highest count of 2,483, with Oklahoma City ranked second with 2,230.
OSDH lists 64 Pottawatomie County residents as recovered, leaving 22 cases currently active. The agency defines recovered as, "Currently not hospitalized or deceased and 14 days after onset/report."
No new virus-related deaths have been reported locally since April 18 when Shawnee's death toll rose to four.
Tecumseh has picked up four newly confirmed cases this month for a cumulative total of nine. Six are listed as recovered.
Throughout the rest of the county Tuesday's cumulative totals from OSDH are as follows:
• 10 recovered Dale/McLoud* cases;
• 3 recovered in the Asher/74826 area;
• 3 recovered cases in Wanette;
• 2 recovered cases in Earlsboro*;
• 1 recovered case in Maud*;
• 4 Meeker* cases, with 1 still active; and
• 3 cases in Konawa*, with 1 (Seminole County) fatality and 2 recovered.
*denotes multi-county towns
Oklahoma now totals 11,028 cumulative COVID-19 cases and 371 deaths. Active cases in the state have nearly quadrupled since June 1 when OSDH reported 728 active coronavirus cases. On Tuesday, 2,769 active cases were reported statewide.
The state's weekly epidemiology report further detailed 1,728 new cases wer confirmed June 12-18, an increase of 140.3 percent from the week prior, June 5-11. There were nine deaths reported, down 30.8 percent from the week before.
Of the 9,354 positive cases confirmed as of June 18, the OSDH report showed 1,183 resulted in hospitalizations - 12.6 percent of patients.
Antibody tests performed total more than 30,000 with 1,058 total positives, around 3.5 percent, with 84 positives reported last week.
More than 93,000 specimens have been tested for the active virus so far this month, for a total of nearly 300,000 tests administered across the state. OSDH notes that testing counts, for both the active virus and antibodies, may not reflect unique individuals.
"It is critical for Oklahomans to seek out testing," the weekly report states. "Since COVID-19 was first introduced in Oklahoma, testing availability has radically improved and the state's hospital surge plan, expanding bed capacity by 40 percent, remains activated. Diagnostic testing is freely available to all Oklahomans and we continue to improve our ability to find and diagnose COVID-19 cases.
"The need to physically distance, wear a mask, wash hands often, and adhere to instructions to quarantine and isolate remain critically important."
"We continue to have more than 80 free testing locations across the state, and we need Oklahomans to get tested, even those without symptoms, so we can identify active cases and work together to minimize community spread," said Interim Commissioner Lance Frye, MD.
• Curbside testing is also available by appointment at the Pottawatomie County Health Department by calling 405-273-2157.
• Individuals can also self-report symptoms and view data http://www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov/symptom-tracker.
• A list of COVID-19 testing sites across the state can be found at http://www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov/drive-thru-testing .
• For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.