ENID, Okla. — Forty-seven new cases, including one in Blaine County, and five more deaths were reported by Health Department officials Tuesday, as the number COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries continues to climb nearly two months after the first case was recorded in Oklahoma.
There are now 6,137 confirmed cases of COVID-19, a .77% increase over the 6,090 cases reported Monday, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. There have been 318 Oklahomans who have tested positive for the virus who have died.
Newly reported deaths occurred between Thursday, May 22, and Sunday, May 24, and included three men — two in the 65 and older age group in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties and one in the 50-64 age group in Tulsa County — and two women — both in the 65 and older age group from Oklahoma and Tulsa counties.
Other than the case in Watonga, there were no new cases nor deaths in Garfield or other area, Northwest Oklahoma counties, reported by OSDH on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
The number of active COVID-19 cases in the state once again fell below the 1,000 mark Tuesday, coming in at 996 or 16.23% of all cases, a decrease of 67 compared to Monday's 1,063, according to OSDH data. There have been 4,823 Oklahomans, 78.6%, who have recovered from the virus, with 109 of those on Monday.
There have been 941 Oklahomans who have tested positive for COVID-19 who have been in hospitals in the state, 156 of those currently. Seventy-four of those are intensive care, according to OSDH data released as of Tuesday evening.
Cumulative totals of those testing positive in the state as of Monday are 81 in the 0-4 age range, 220 in the 5-17 age range, 1,587 in the 18-35 age range, 1,367 in the 36-49 age range, 1,356 in the 50-64 age range and 1,526 in the 65 and older age range. The average age of those with COVID-19 is 48.8, according to OSDH data. Of those testing positive, 3,230, or 52.63%, have been female, and 2,901, or 47.27%, have been male. Six are listed as "unknown" gender, according to OSDH data.
Oklahomans in 73 of Oklahoma's 77 counties have reported cases of COVID-19. Positive tests recorded per county in the state are 1,216 in Oklahoma County; 935 in Tulsa County; 890 in Texas County; 493 in Cleveland County; 312 in Washington County; 270 in Comanche County; 150 in Caddo County; 149 in Wagoner County; 128 in Canadian County; 100 in Delaware County; 98 in McClain County; 94 in Osage County; 92 in Creek County; 82 in Adair County; 80 in Grady County; 78 in Rogers County; 66 in Greer County; 57 in Pottawatomie County; 52 in Kay County; 45 in Payne County; 40 in Pittsburg County; 37 in Stephens County; 36 in Muskogee County; 35 in Ottawa County; 30 in Mayes County; 29 each in Cherokee, McCurtain and Pawnee counties; 26 in Garfield County; 25 each in Carter and Choctaw counties; 24 each in Beaver and Jackson counties; 23 each in,, Nowata, Okmulgee, Seminole and Tillman counties; 22 each in Bryan and Lincoln counties; 19 in Logan County; 15 each in Craig, Garvin and Love counties; 14 each in LeFlore and Sequoyah counties; 12 in Custer County; 11 each in Kingfisher, McIntosh and Pontotoc counties; 8 in Marshall County; 7 in Noble County; 6 each in Blaine, Beckham, Haskell, Kiowa and Major counties; 5 each in Cotton and Latimer counties; 4 each in Dewey and Woodward counties; 3 each in Jefferson, Johnston, Okfuskee and Woods counties; 2 each in Grant, Murray and Pushmataha and Washita counties; and one each in Alfalfa, Atoka, Cimarron, Coal and Harper counties, according to OSDH data released Tuesday.
Of the 318 deaths in the state, 253, or 79.56%, have been 65 and older; 54, or 16.98%, have been in the 50-64 age group; 7, or 2.20%, have been in the 36-49 age group; and 4, or 1.26%, have been in the 18-35 age group. More men, 166 or 52.20%, than women, 152 or 47.80%, have succumbed to the virus, according to OSDH.
Of those testing positive who have died, 74.5 percent had at least one pre-existing condition such as diabetes, heart or circulatory disease, chronic lung disease, liver disease or renal failure. The average age of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 who have died is 75, according to OSDH.
Data shows deaths per county are 58 in Oklahoma County; 47 in Tulsa County; 37 in Cleveland County; 33 in Washington County; 17 in Wagoner County; 16 in Delaware County; 10 in Caddo County; 8 in Osage County; 7 each in Creek, Greer and Kay counties; 6 in Muskogee County; 5 each in Rogers and Texas counties; 4 each in Mayes and Pottawatomie counties; 3 each in Adair, Canadian, Comanche, Grady, Pittsburg and Sequoyah counties; 2 each in Cotton, Jackson, Lincoln, McClain, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pontotoc, and Seminole counties; and 1 each in Bryan, Carter, Cherokee, Garfield, Garvin, Latimer, Leflore, Logan, Major, McIntosh, Payne, Stephens and Tillman counties.
In Northwest Oklahoma, Garfield County has 26 cases, with 22 recovered and one death, an 86-year-old Garfield County woman; Kingfisher County has 11 cases, with 10 recovered; Blaine County has 6 cases with 2 recovered; Major County has 6 cases, with 5 recovered and one death, a woman in the 18-35 age group; Woodward County has 4 cases, with 1 recovered; Woods County with 3 cases, with all recovered; Grant County with 2 cases, with both recovered; and Alfalfa County has 1 recovered case.
Cumulative COVID-19 cases by city or town in Oklahoma include 23 in Enid (4 active), 5 in Kingfisher (1 active); 4 in Okarche (1 active); 3 each in Alva, Fairview, Hennessey, Watonga (2 active) and Woodward (2 active); 2 each in Geary (2 active), Lahoma, Seiling and Watonga (1 active); and 1 each in Dover, Garber, Jet, Lamont, Laverne, Medford, Mooreland (1 active), Okeene and Ringwood, according to data released by OSDH on Tuesday. Residents living in areas with under 100 in population or those with unknown addresses may be recorded as "other."
Free testing for COVID-19 is ongoing at the Garfield County and other state Health Departments. Testing is by appointment only for Blaine County, 521 W. 4th, Watonga, (580) 623-7977; Garfield County, 2501 S. Mercer, Enid, (580) 233-0650; Grant County, 115 N. Main, Medford, (580) 395-2906; Kingfisher County, 124 E. Sheridan, courthouse annex room #101, Kingfisher, (405) 375-3008; Major County, 501 E. Broadway, Fairview, (580) 227-3362; Noble County, 300 Fir St., Perry, (580) 336-2257; Woods County, 511 Barnes St., Alva, (580) 327-3192; and Woodward County, 1631 Texas Ave., Woodward, (580) 256-6416. For a full list of county drive-through testing, go to https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/drive-thru-testing. Some health department also advise the public to check their Facebook pages for more information regarding testing.
Long-term care facilities
The virus has impacted Oklahoma’s long-term care and nursing home facilities particularly hard, with 917, or 15%, of the state’s positive COVID-19 cases involving a resident or staff member, according to the OSDH executive report Tuesday evening, which also states there have been 160 deaths involving long-term care centers and nursing homes, including one staff member in Northwest Oklahoma in April.
There are three confirmed positive results associated with long-term care facilities in Enid and one that is being disputed after the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported it on Thursday. Officials with Garland Road Nursing & Rehabilitation said the person at their facility has since tested negative for the virus. OSDH still had the facility listed on its executive report Friday evening, as the testing was taken by a local hospital.
The Commons was one of the first testing sites in the statewide initiative after an employee and another resident of the retirement and assisted living facility in Enid were confirmed positive for the virus April 30 while undergoing health care for unrelated issues, according to the facility. One other resident of the Commons tested positive for COVID-19, according to an OSDH report on Friday May 15, 2020, and one other test was inconclusive, according to Garfield County Health Department.
In addition to Garfield County facilities, OSDH reported a long-term care facility case involving a Blaine County individual on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
In April, a resident and two staff members, including a caregiver from Major County who died, tested positive for COVID-19 at Seiling Nursing Center, and a resident at First Shamrock Care Center in Kingfisher contracted the virus, according to OSDH.
OSDH also reported a long-term care facility case involving a Blaine County individual on May 19, one at Center of Family Love in Okarche on May 14 and Hennessey Nursing & Rehab, a senior living facility in Kingfisher County on May 12.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added six new COVID-19 symptoms to its list that people should be aware: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. These symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus. The main symptoms of COVID-19 remain coughing and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Emergency warning signs for COVID-19 are trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face, according to the CDC. More information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.
Those with symptoms of COVID-19 should call ahead to local emergency rooms. Those with minor symptoms should contact their regular physicians.
Resources and information on COVID-19 can be obtained by calling 211 or going to https://covidresources.ok.gov/.
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