Woman is second confirmed coronavirus case in Oklahoma

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
03/12/2020 11:30 AM
TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Oklahoma health officials say a Tulsa County woman is the second person in the state to test positive for the coronavirus.

A woman in her 20s who recently traveled to Italy presumptively tested positive for the disease, pending U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmation, Tulsa Health Department spokeswoman Leann Stephens said Tuesday.

“It was confirmed to us late (Monday) and the victim was informed (Tuesday) morning, Stephens said. “She is isolated in her home.”

The case is not connected to a Tulsa County man in his 50s who tested positive earlier this month for the virus, according to Stephens.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. In mainland China, where the virus first exploded, more than 80,000 people have been diagnosed and more than 58,000 have so far recovered.

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