ENID, Okla. — There were 151 new cases of COVID-19, including one in Blaine County, and three new deaths reported Saturday by Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Statewide, the number of new cases topped out at 5,237, representing a 3% increase compared to 5,086 total cases reported Friday, the highest rate in more than a week.
Three men — two 65 and older and one in the 50-64 age group — died in Caddo, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties between April 30 and May 13, OSDH reported Saturday.
Overall for the week, the number of deaths was down 36.8% and confirmed cases by 11.2% from the week before, according to OSDH's May 8-14 epidemiology and surveillance report. The number of recovered cases for the week was up 15.6%.
There have been 13,642 Oklahomans tested for COVID-19 antibodies, according to OSDH, which began releasing that data this week, and 459, or 3.3%, were positive. This testing assists health care officials in determining if a person has been exposed to the virus in the past. A positive antibody result does not mean an individual is immune or are not infectious to others, according to OSDH.
Garfield County Health Department still is waiting on more than 450 test results from the previous week, when all nursing home staff and residents were tested. The department also resumed testing this week after a short pause to allow processing labs time to catch up to a higher number of incoming COVID-19 specimens.
Testing resume Thursday, said Maggie Jackson, OSDH regional director of community engagement and health planning for District 2.
There have been 3,945 Oklahomans, 75.33%, who have recovered from the virus, with 144 of those reported on Saturday. There have been nearly 124,000 specimens collected for COVID-19 testing, with 117,807 of those negative, according to OSDH.
Overall, 878 Oklahomans testing positive for COVID-19 have been in health care facilities, with 180 who have or are suspected of having the virus currently in hospitals, 73 of those in intensive care.
Those testing positive include 60 in the 0-4 age range, 178 in the 5-17 age range, 1,258 in the 18-35 age range, 1,153 in the 36-49 age range, 1,207 in the 50-64 age range and 1,377 in the 65 and older age range, according to OSDH on Saturday. Four ages were listed as "unknown." Of those testing positive, 2,829, or 54.02%, have been female, and 2,383, or 45.50%, have been male. Twenty-five are listed as "unknown" gender, according to OSDH data.
Oklahomans in 72 of Oklahoma's 77 counties have reported cases of COVID-19. Positive tests recorded per county in the state are 1,070 in Oklahoma County; 776 in Tulsa County; 658 in Texas County; 466 in Cleveland County; 302 in Washington County; 215 in Comanche County; 136 in Wagoner County; 116 in Canadian County; 112 in Caddo County; 95 in Delaware County; 91 in Osage County; 86 in McClain County; 83 in Creek County; 74 in Adair County; 72 in Rogers County; 66 in Greer County; 64 in Grady County; 56 in Pottawatomie County; 49 in Kay County; 45 in Payne County; 38 in Pittsburg County; 34 in Ottawa County; 29 each in Cherokee, Muskogee and Pawnee counties; 28 in Mayes County; 24 in Stephens County; 23 each in Beaver, Garfield and Nowata counties; 22 in Tillman County; 21 each in Jackson and Seminole counties; 18 each in Lincoln, Logan and Okmulgee counties; 15 in Garvin County; 14 in Sequoyah County; 13 each in Bryan, Craig and LeFlore counties; 12 in Custer County; 11 each in McCurtain and Pontotoc counties; 10 each in Kingfisher and McIntosh counties; 8 in Carter County; 7 in Noble County; 6 each in Beckham, Kiowa and Major counties; 5 each in Cotton, Haskell and Latimer counties; 4 in Marshall County; 3 each in Blaine, Choctaw, Jefferson, Johnston, Love and Woods counties; 2 each in Dewey, Grant, Murray and Okfuskee counties; and one each in Alfalfa, Atoka, Cimarron, Harper, Pushmataha, Washita and Woodward counties, according to OSDH data released Saturday.
Of the 288 Oklahomans testing positive for COVID-19 who have died, 228, or 79.17%, have been 65 and older; 50, or 17.36%, have been in the 50-64 age group; 6, or 2.08%, have been in the 36-49 age group; and 4, or 1.39%, have been in the 18-35 age group. More men, 151 or 52.43%, than women, 137 or 47.57%, have succumbed to the virus, according to OSDH. Seventy-three percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 who have died had at least one pre-existing condition such as diabetes, heart or circulatory disease, chronic lung disease, liver disease or renal failure, according to the OSDH.
Data shows deaths per county are 46 in Oklahoma County; 37 in Tulsa County; 36 in Cleveland County; 30 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 in Rogers County; 4 each in Mayes, Pottawatomie and Texas counties; 3 each in Adair, Canadian, Comanche, Pittsburg and Sequoyah counties; 2 each in Cotton, Grady, Lincoln, McClain, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pontotoc, and Seminole counties; and 1 each in Bryan, Carter, Cherokee, Garfield, Garvin, Jackson, Latimer, Leflore, Logan, Major, Payne, Stephens and Tillman counties.
In Northwest Oklahoma, Garfield County has 23 cases, with 14 recovered and one death, an 86-year-old Garfield County woman; Kingfisher County has 10 cases, with all recovered; Major County has 6 cases, with 3 recovered and one death, a woman in the 18-35 age group; Woods County has 3 cases, with all recovered; Blaine County has 3 cases; Grant County has 2 cases, with both recovered; and Alfalfa and Woodward counties have 1 case each, with each recovered.
Cumulative COVID-19 cases by city or town in Oklahoma include 21 in Enid, 4 in Kingfisher; 3 each in Alva, Fairview, Hennessey and Okarche; 2 each in Lahoma and Seiling; and 1 each in Dover, Garber, Geary, Jet, Lamont, Laverne, Medford, Okeene, Ringwood, Watonga and Woodward. Residents living in areas with under 100 in population or those with unknown addresses may be recorded as "other," according to OSDH on Saturday.
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 837, or 16.5%, of the state’s positive COVID-19 cases involving a resident or staff member, according to the OSDH executive report Friday evening, which also states there have been 137 deaths at long-term care centers and nursing homes.
Center of Family Love experienced its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on its main campus in Okarche, according to a press release from the facility Wednesday, May 14. CFL has established a separate unit with amenities, a nursing center and air ventilation apart from the remaining intellectually and physically disabled residents housed at the facility.
An OSDH executive report earlier this week shows a resident tested positive for COVID-19 at Hennessey Nursing & Rehab, a senior living facility in Kingfisher County. Last month, 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.
Two of the 19 Enid COVID-19 cases involve an employee and a resident with The Commons, a retirement and assisted living facility in Enid, who were confirmed positive for the virus April 30 while undergoing health care for unrelated issues, according to the facility. At the same time, the state announced the priority on testing care facilities in the state, and staff and residents at The Commons became a priority, Jackson said.
Jackson said swab testing will continue into next week to reach all long-term care facilities in her district, which includes Blaine, Canadian, Garfield, Grant, Kingfisher, Logan and Major counties. Jackson also represents the Alfalfa County office.
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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