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COVID-19 update; Pott. Co. adds 2nd case; Lincoln makes list

Vicky O. Misa

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Pottawatomie County, after announcing its first COVID-19-positive case Wednesday, added a second one to its count Thursday.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) as of Thursday afternoon, there were 248 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma — up 84 from Wednesday's count. New counties with cases include Comanche, Craig, Lincoln, Okmulgee, Ottawa and Sequoyah counties.

There are 33 counties reporting COVID-19 cases now. Oklahoma County still leads as having the most cases — 73 have been reported there so far. Tulsa now reports 41 cases and Cleveland stood at 39 as of Thursday; Kay County now has 11, after holding steady at five cases for a few days, while Pawnee and Creek have jumped to 10 cases each.

Of the seven counties that surround Pottawatomie, Okfuskee and Seminole Counties — both to the east — are the only ones without reports of positive cases. The others are Pontotoc (1), McClain (2), Cleveland (39), Oklahoma (73), and Lincoln (1).

Age and gender

Of the 248 cases most recently reported, they fall along the following age ranges:

• 0 to 4 years old — 2

• 5 to 17 years old — 2

• 18 to 35 years old — 43

• 36 to 49 years old — 52

• 50 to 64 years old — 64

• 65+ — 85

Cases by gender have remained relatively even; as of Thursday 129 males and 119 females have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

Reports state that 86 have been hospitalized and testing has marked 958 negative results for COVID-19.

Seven deaths have been recorded so far in Cleveland (3); Oklahoma (2); Pawnee (1); and Tulsa (1) counties. The two new deaths were in Cleveland County: a female in her 90s and a male in his 60s. The first death was reported Saturday; then one on Sunday; one on Tuesday; and two on Wednesday.

Guidelines

Gov. Kevin Stitt has ordered all non-essential businesses be closed for the next three weeks in Oklahoma counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The amendment provides for the following measures in the 33 counties with community spread:

• Requires restaurants to provide take-out and delivery options only and closes all bars in those counties.

• The order became effective Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. through April 15, the edict closes all businesses not identified as being within a critical infrastructure sector, such as gyms, salons, massage parlors and movie theaters.

OSDH said non-essential businesses are those providing items or services that are socially driven, such as gyms, bars and other similar businesses and services. Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and other services Oklahomans depend on to care for themselves and others are open; a full list of essential services can be found at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cyber Infrastructure website, at cisa.gov.

Statewide

Stitt's amended Executive Order also provides for the following statewide measures (in all 77 counties):

• Issues a statewide “Safer at Home” order for adults over the age of 65 and vulnerable individuals with serious underlying medical conditions.

• Limits gatherings to no more than 10 people.

• Prohibits visitations to nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

• Postpones all elective surgeries, minor medical procedures and non-emergency dental procedures until April 7, 2020.

With the number of cases rising each day, the OSDH said it is urging the public to follow the Governor's "Safer at Home" executive order advising vulnerable populations and those over the age of 65 to stay home until April 30 and for non-essential businesses in counties with COVID-19 cases to temporarily suspend services until April 30. The CDC also recommends the public to stay home, practice social distancing, hand washing, and specifically for those who are sick to isolate for up to 14 days.

Stay informed

For more information about COVID-19, visit cdc-gov or coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

For more information about local guidelines, visit shawneeok.org.

For more information about state guidelines, visit ok.gov.

For more information about federal guidelines, visit whitehouse.gov.

Also, watch updates at news-star.com.

Check it out

As of Thursday afternoon, 33 Oklahoma counties are reporting positive cases of COVID-19:

Adair — 2

Bryan — 1

Canadian — 6 (up one from Wednesday)

Carter — 1

Cleveland — 39 (up 12 from Wednesday)

Comanche — 3 (County's first day on the list)

Craig — 1 (County's first day on the list)

Creek — 10 (up 5 from Wednesday)

Custer — 3

Delaware — 1

Garvin — 2

Grady — 2 (up 1 from Wednesday)

Jackson — 1

Kay — 11 (up 6 from Wednesday)

Lincoln — 1 (County's first day on the list)

Logan — 3

Mayes — 2 (up 1 from Wednesday)

McClain — 2 (up 1 from Wednesday)

Muskogee — 4 (up 3 from Wednesday)

Noble — 2

Oklahoma — 73 (up 18 from Wednesday)

Okmulgee — 2 (County's first day on the list)

Osage — 3 (up 2 from Wednesday)

Ottawa — 1 (County's first day on the list)

Pawnee — 10 (up 3 from Wednesday)

Payne — 5 (up 2 from Wednesday)

Pontotoc — 1

Pottawatomie — 2 (up 1 from Wednesday)

Sequoyah — 1 (County's first day on the list)

Stephens — 1

Tulsa — 41 (up 14 from Wednesday)

Wagoner — 6 (up 3 from Wednesday)

Washington — 5 (up 2 from Wednesday)

TOTAL — 248