Oklahoma Coronavirus Tracker: Cases Rise to 429; Deaths Now at 16

BY OKLAHOMA WATCH
03/30/2020 10:00 AM
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Oklahoma data as of March 28 showed Oklahomans aged 65 and older account for 36 percent of those who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. COURTESY
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Oklahoma data as of March 29 showed 429 positive in-state tests and two positive out-of-state tests as well as 140 hospitalized and 16 deaths. COURTESY
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The number of cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma rose to 429, and an additional reported death in Oklahoma County brought the total deaths in the state to 16, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health data released Sunday.

The 16th reported victim was an Oklahoma County man between the ages of 50 and 64.

In a news release, the agency said the disease was been confirmed in four additional counties, bringing the total to 44. Those counties are Garfield, Rogers, Seminole and Texas.

The largest number of deaths has occurred in Cleveland County, with five deaths, followed by four in Oklahoma County. Two of the victims in Cleveland County were residents of a Norman nursing home. Eleven of the 16 deaths were those aged 65 or over; nine males and seven females have died.

On Saturday, Tulsa and Oklahoma City issued “shelter in place” orders limiting people to their homes unless they are doing essential activities or exercise.

Several patterns have emerged statewide, although with testing that remains limited but is growing, no conclusions can be made about definitive trends.

Among the current tendencies:

• The median age of those testing positive is 59, with people aged 50 and over accounting for 63% of the cases. The largest age cohort is those who are 65 and over, with a total of 154. Global infections have shown that those over 65 are at higher risk for the virus.

• Slightly more women than men – 223 to 206 – have come down with the respiratory disease, according to data from the State Department of Health.
• Larger metropolitan counties have seen the most cases. Oklahoma County has led the way with 120 positive tests and four deaths, followed by Tulsa County with 61 with three deaths. Cleveland County had 51 cases with the five deaths.

Nationally, Oklahoma’s 429 confirmed COVID-19 cases through March 29 was lower than numbers in most other states. But its total number of deaths was 17th highest in the country, tied with Arizona and South Carolina, which have higher populations.

Officials at OU Medicine said recently that the state’s testing numbers were subject to a lag because it may take several days to present symptoms and get tested, during which time people were likely infectious.

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