Number of Oklahoma coronavirus cases rise from 17 to 29

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
03/18/2020 03:15 PM
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Michael Fowler wears a face mask while waiting for a Tulsa Transit bus at the Denver Avenue Station Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Fowler had the flu recently and said he really doesn't want to get sick again. He wants to be ready and ward off the coronavirus. MIKE SIMONS/TULSA WORLD VIA AP
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma has risen from 17 to 29, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported March 18.

State Health Commissioner Gary Cox said March 17 that more positive cases are expected.

“As we do expand our testing capability we will find more cases and the caseload will grow,” Cox said during a news conference  with Gov. Kevin Stitt to discuss the state’s response to the virus.

Oral Roberts University in Tulsa said an employee of a company the university contracts with for grounds maintenance tested positive for COVID-19. ORU said the man did not interact with students, his co-workers were sent home and the shop where he worked and machinery he worked with has been cleaned.

The vast majority of people who contract the virus recover within weeks. It causes only mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but it can lead to more severe illness, including pneumonia, especially older adults and people with preexisting health problems.

Meanwhile, bars, restaurants and other business in the state’s largest cities, including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman and Stillwater, are being ordered closed by local officials in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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