As of 7 a.m. March 23, the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced there are 81 positive cases of COVID-19 and two deaths in Oklahoma.
Residents who are coming from a country or a region with widespread ongoing transmission of COVID-19 (Level 3 Travel Health Notice), may be screened when they arrive in the United States. After they arrive home, they should take the following steps to protect themselves and others:
• Stay at home. Do not go to work, school, or leave the house for 14 days. Discuss work situations with employers.
• Monitor health. Take temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever (temperature of 100.4°F/38°C or higher). Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
• Practice social distancing within the home. Avoid contact with other people for the 14 days. Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from family members and others in the home when possible.
Before there was community spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, monitoring pending patients under investigation was a way to track all imported suspect cases as a means of preventing community spread. Now that there is community spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, the PUI metric no longer reflects the current outbreak status in Oklahoma. This is largely driven by the high volume of people being tested at labs independent of the Oklahoma State Department of Health Public Health Laboratory. Therefore, OSDH will no longer report daily PUI numbers to prevent causing confusion as it transitions to an expanded process of testing for COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
There is a high incidence of cases in the 18-49 age group. People of all age groups are asked to stay home and practice social distancing.
The Governor’s Solution Task Force is actively working to expand COVID-19 testing through public-private partnerships, engaging OU and OSU laboratories and deploying satellite testing units in Oklahoma, Tulsa, Kay and Pittsburg Counties.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health continues to support guidelines from the CDC related to social distancing and personal hygiene. OSDH encourages Oklahomans to stay home, reduce person-to-person contact, wash hands frequently, and avoid touching their faces. Those who develop symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or cough, should contact their medical professional or call the COVID-19 call center at 877-215-8336 or 211 for assistance.
For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.
COVID-19 Oklahoma test results as of 11 a.m. March 23: positive (in-state), 81; positive (out-of-state), two; hospitalizations, 15; and deaths, two.
COVID-19 cases by age group: 00-04, two; 05-17, zero; 18-49, 36; 50-64, 23; and 65 and over, 20.
COVID-19 cases by county: Canadian, 2; Cleveland, 16; Custer, 1; Garvin, 2; Grady, 1; Jackson, 1; Kay, 5; Logan, 1; McClain, 1; Muskogee, 1; Noble, one; Oklahoma, 29; Pawnee, 3; Payne, 3; Pontotoc, one; Tulsa, 11; and Washington, 2.