ENID, Okla. — Another record day was set Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, for the number of COVID-19 case increases in the state, and the deaths of 11 more Oklahomans were reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
In an emailed update, OSDH reported a single-day increase of 1,628 new COVID-19 cases, for a cumulative total of 112,483, a 1.47% rise, since the virus was confirmed in Oklahoma March 6, 2020.
The increase in cases was topped only by 1,714, designated by OSDH due to a backlog of cases added to the total, on July 21. October has been a month of records in single-day case increases, with 1,524 on Oct. 9 and 1,533 recorded Oct. 10, according to Saxum, the public relations firm hired to represent the Health Department.
There have been a total of 1,221 deaths in which the virus was the cause or a contributor as of Thursday, OSDH data shows.
Deaths reported Thursday were nine in the 65 and older age group: two men and one woman in Oklahoma County; men in Caddo, Jackson and Roger Mills counties; and women in Lincoln, Pottawatomie and Wagoner counties. The deaths of a McCurtain County woman and Tulsa County man in the 50-64 age range also were reported. Three of the deaths were identified in the last 24 hours, according to OSDH.
Cumulative hospitalizations rose by 93 on Thursday to top out at 8,170, according to OSDH. Of those, 956 were in hospitals, a single-day increase of 40, with 313 in intensive care, an increase of 16, as of the OSDH Executive Report Thursday evening. There were 82 of 1,007, or 8%, of ICU beds available statewide, based on hospitals surveyed, with a 96% reporting compliance. Medical surgery beds were down to 14% availability, according to OSDH.
That same report shows the Northwest region for OSDH with 48 hospitalizations on Thursday, no change from the prior day.
In Enid, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center reported Thursday it had seven inpatients testing positive for the virus and one new death. Integris Bass Baptist Health Center had 11 COVID-19-positive inpatients on Thursday and recorded a death on Wednesday.
Garfield County saw an increase of 38 COVID-19 cases on Thursday for a total of 2,310, with 334 of those active, a single-day decrease of six, and 1,951 recovered. Enid saw an increase of 30 cases for a total of 2,118, with 292 active and 1,801 recovered.
Other Northwest Oklahoma county case increases on Thursday were 14 in Kingfisher, 13 in Woodward, seven in Major, four each in Grant and Woods, three in Blaine and one in Noble. Case increases in Northwest Oklahoma cities and towns included 11 in Kingfisher; seven in Woodward; five in Fairview; three each in Alva and Fort Supply; two each in Cashion, Medford, Okeene, Pond Creek, Sharon and Watonga; and one each in Burlington, Covington, Garber, Jet, Lahoma, Marshall, Meno, Okarche and Seiling. Helena saw a reduction of one case.
OSDH reports 1,504,068 cumulative specimens have been tested for COVID-19 in the state this year, with 1,378,605, or 91.7% of those negative as of Thursday. Those testing positive represent 2.84% of the state's population, listed at 3,956,971 in 2019, according to census.gov.
There have been 58,611 Oklahoma women and 53,776 men who have tested positive for COVID-19 as of the OSDH report Thursday morning. There were 81 listed as unknown gender.
The 18-35 age group, with 387 new cases confirmed Thursday, made up 34.8% of cases in the state. Other new case gains were 371 in the 36-49 age group, 345 in the 50-64 age group, 286 in the 65 and older age group, 156 in the 5-17 age group and 18 in the 0-4 group.
Cumulative totals of confirmed cases as of Thursday were 2,115 in the 0-4 age group, 10,784 in the 5-17 age group, 39,178 in the 18-35 age group, 24,031 in the 36-49 age group, 20,510 in the 50-64 age group and 15,853 in the 65 and older age group. There were 12 listed as unknown age. The average age of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 is 39.8.
Of the overall 1,221 deaths in the state in which the virus was the cause or a contributor, 982 have been 65 and older and 187 have been ages 50-64, making up a combined 95.7% of the total. There have been 37 deaths in the 36-49 age group, 14 in the 18-35 age group and one in the 5-17 age group. More men, 680, than women, 541, have succumbed to the virus, according to OSDH on Thursday. The average age of those who have died is 74.8.
OSDH reports 73.9% of those who have died have had a pre-existing condition. Of the deaths, 462, or 37.8%, have been long-term care or nursing home cases, according to OSDH. There have been 3,445 cases among long-term care residents and 1,967 cases among staff, according to Thursday's Executive Report.
Data shows deaths in 69 of Oklahoma's 77 counties, with 222 in Oklahoma County; 195 in Tulsa County; 87 in Cleveland County; 54 in Rogers County; 41 in Washington County; 38 in McCurtain County; 37 in Creek County; 28 each in Muskogee and Wagoner counties; 27 in Delaware County; 26 in Caddo County; 25 in Garfield County; 22 in LeFlore County; 21 in Canadian County; 20 each in Lincoln and Pittsburg counties; 17 in Comanche County; 16 each in Grady and Kay counties; 13 each in Osage, Pottawatomie and Sequoyah counties; 12 each in Jackson and Mayes counties; 11 each in Adair, Bryan and Payne counties; 10 each in Beckham, Carter and Texas counties; nine each in McClain, McIntosh and Ottawa counties; eight each in Cherokee, Greer, Okmulgee and Stephens counties; six each in Garvin, Okfuskee and Seminole counties; five each in Haskell, Pawnee, Pushmataha and Woodward counties; four each in Hughes, Johnston, Nowata, Pontotoc and Roger Mills counties; three each in Cotton, Custer, Noble, and Tillman counties; two each in Choctaw, Craig, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Latimer, Logan, Major, Marshall and Murray; and one each in Atoka, Beaver, Blaine, Dewey, Grant, Harper and Love counties.
COVID-19 data per county released Thursday by OSDH:
• Garfield with 2,310 cases, 1,951 recovered, 334 active and 25 deaths, all in Enid, reported Oct. 20, Oct. 13, Oct. 3, Sept. 30, 25, 24, 17, 12, 11, 10, 4, Aug. 29, 27, 26, 18, 15, 14, 13, and 6, July 28 and 23, June 21 and April 10;
• Woodward with 1,219 cases, 1,160 recovered, 54 active and five deaths, one in Fort Supply reported Oct. 2, two in Woodward and one in Mooreland reported Sept. 26 and an inmate at William S. Key Correctional Center in Fort Supply reported Sept. 22;
• Blaine with 197 cases, 161 recovered, 35 active and one death, a Canton man, reported Aug. 28;
• Noble with 172 cases, 157 recovered, 12 active and three deaths, including a Billings man in the 65 and older age range;
• Woods with 167 cases, 130 recovered and 37 active;
• Alfalfa with 115 cases, 91 recovered and 24 active;
• Grant with 84 cases, 64 recovered, 19 active and one death, in Deer Creek, reported Sept. 29.
Cumulative COVID-19 cases by city or town in Northwest Oklahoma include 2,118 in Enid (292 active); 892 Fort Supply (10 active); 252 in Woodward (36 active); 202 in Kingfisher (38 active); 188 in Hennessey (14 active); 142 in Alva (30 active); 92 in Fairview (30 active); 70 in Watonga (15 active); 61 in Helena (eight active); 60 in Okarche (14 active); 41 in Mooreland (four active); 40 in Waukomis (14 active); 39 in Cashion (10 active); 35 in Garber (two active); 34 each in Dover (11 active) and Lahoma (12 active); 31 in Okeene (seven active); 28 each in Canton (three active) and Pond Creek (nine active); 27 in Cherokee (six active); 25 in Medford (five active); 22 in Seiling (four active); 21 in Ringwood (one active); 17 in Fairmont; 13 each in Billings and Longdale (two active); 12 each in Ames, Covington (two active) and Waynoka (two active); 11 each in Cleo Springs and Kremlin (two active); 10 each in Burlington (four active), Meno (two active) and Nash (two active); nine in Lamont; eight in Orlando (one active); seven each in Sharon (four active) and Wakita (three active); six each in Hunter and Mullhall; five each in Carmen (three active), Drummond (one active), Freedom (one active), Hitchcock and Marshall (one active); four in Goltry; three in Hillsdale; two in Deer Creek; and one in Aline, according to data released by OSDH on Thursday. Residents living in areas with under 100 in population or those with unknown addresses may be recorded as "other."
In Enid, there have been 1,093 cases, with 938 recovered and 15 deaths from the 73701 ZIP code, primarily the eastern half of the city, and 1,007 cases, with 849 recovered and 10 deaths from 73703, or the western half, according to OSDH data on Thursday. For the first time in months, there was an increase of one case in the 73705 ZIP code, which is listed as Vance Air Force Base at https://www.unitedstateszipcodes.org/, on Thursday for a total of 2 cases with one recovered.
Long-term care cases
Increases in cases at long-term care facilities include one each Greenbrier Nursing Home and The Living Center in Enid.
Long-term care or nursing home COVID-19 cases listed by OSDH in Garfield County include 36 with 30 recovered at The Commons; 27 with 21 recovered and five deaths at Golden Oaks Village; 23 with 16 recovered and two deaths at The Living Center; 18 with 16 recovered and one death at Kenwood Manor; seven with six recovered at Greenbrier Nursing Home; six with five recovered each at The Arbors Assisted Living Center; one recovered case at Greenbrier Village Residential Living; two recovered cases at Enid Senior Care; and two with one recovered case at Garland Road Nursing and Rehab Center, according to Thursday's Executive Report.
COVID-19 cases in area long-term care facilities include four recovered cases at Summers HealthCare in Blaine County; five with one recovered at Community Health Center in Grant County; three recovered cases each at First Shamrock Care Center, two recovered cases at Countrywood Assisted Living and Memory Care and 73 with 71 recovered and two deaths at Hennessey Nursing & Rehab, in Kingfisher County; two recovered cases at Fairview Fellowship Home for Senior Citizens in Major County; one recovered case at Billings Fairchild Center in Noble County; two recovered cases each at Beadles Nursing Home and Share Medical Center in Woods County; 21 with 20 recovered at Mooreland Heritage Manor and 31 with 28 recovered and two deaths at Woodward Skilled Nursing and Therapy in Woodward County; and five recovered cases at Center of Family Love in Okarche, just south of the Kingfisher County line, in Canadian County, according to OSDH.
State Health Department officials are encouraging Oklahomans to get tested for COVID-19, saying recently that due to adequate supplies, residents no longer need to exhibit symptoms or report exposure to someone with the virus to get in line for testing.
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.
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.
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