Coronavirus cases in Oklahoma increase to 81

BY STAFF REPORTS
03/24/2020 09:30 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY – The number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma has risen to 81 as of March 24, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

The number of positive cases for the virus increased to 81 with 15 being hospitalized while the number of deaths remains at two.

Oklahoma County has the most positive cases with 29 and adjacent Cleveland County is next with 16. Tulsa County, where the first death occurred, has 11.

On March 21, Gov. Kevin Stitt issued an order allowing labs at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University to begin performing tests for COVID-19. The order also allows nurses with inactive licenses to get recertified quickly, and lets nurses practice regardless of tax compliant status.

Meanwhile, Integris hospitals is asking for donations of hard to find items, including masks, hand sanitizers, cleaning wipes, disposable gloves known as nitrile gloves and touchless thermometers.

According to the health department, COVID-19 is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in 2019 and has since spread globally into a pandemic.

“Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While roughly 80% of cases report mild symptoms, some progress into severe pneumonia and multi-organ failure and can led to death,” the OSDE website states. “Current data indicates the risk of death for those contracting COVID-19 notably increases for individuals above the age of 60 or for individuals with autoimmune conditions.”

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