Oklahoma health officials: COVID-19 cases jump to 164, 5 deaths

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – After leaders with the Oklahoma State Board of Education voted to close schools for the rest of the school year, Oklahoma health officials are telling residents to continue practicing social distancing to slow the spread of the illness.

On Wednesday morning, data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that the state currently has 164 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Counties highlighted in yellow on the map above indicate a death reported

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Positive (In-State)164
Positive (Out-of-State)2
Negative*805
Hospitalized59
Deaths5

*Negative testing results are only from the State Public Health Laboratory and do not include private laboratory negative results.

LaboratoryCases
State Public Health Laboratory53
Diagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma17
Other36
Total106

COVID-19 Cases by Age Grouping

Age Group, YearsCOVID-19 Cases*
00-042
05-171
18-3532
36-4934
50-6440
65+55
Total164
Age Range0-91 yrs

COVID-19 Cases by Gender

 COVID-19 Cases by Gender
Female76
Male88
Total164

COVID-19 Cases by County

CountyCOVID-19 Cases by County*
Adair2
Bryan1
Canadian5
Carter1
Cleveland27
Creek5
Custer3
Delaware1
Garvin2
Grady1
Jackson1
Kay5
Logan3
Mayes1
McClain1
Muskogee1
Noble2
Oklahoma55
Osage1
Pawnee7
Payne3
Pontotoc1
Pottawatomie1
Stephens1
Tulsa27
Wagoner3
Washington3
Total164

So far, officials say five Oklahoma patients have died and 59 others have been hospitalized because of the virus. 

Officials say the latest deaths occurred in Oklahoma County. The patients included a man in his 70s and a man in his 40s.

According to health department data, the patients range in age from less than 1-year-old to 91-years-old. Three of the patients are children.

In all, 95 of the confirmed cases are 50-years-old or older.

However, health officials say there is a high incidence of cases in the 18 to 49-year-old age group. People of all age groups are asked to stay home and practice social distancing.

image of a test tube with covid-19 marked positive
(Photo by Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images)

State officials urge Oklahomans to stay away from ill patients and to frequently wash their hands. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

At this point, Americans are urged to practice ‘social distancing’ by staying in their homes as much as possible and not going out into a crowd.

The virus is mainly spread from person-to-person, and symptoms usually appear two to 14 days after exposure. Officials stress that the most common symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

If you do become sick, you are asked to stay away from others. If you have been in an area where the coronavirus is known to be spreading or been around a COVID-19 patient and develop symptoms, you are asked to call your doctor ahead of time and warn them that you might have been exposed to the virus. That way, experts say, they have the ability to take extra precautions to protect staff and other patients.

Starbucks tables blocked off
Tables at an Oklahoma City Starbucks are blocked off to prevent diners from eating in. Officials say it is all in an attempt to force social distancing.

The novel coronavirus was first detected in China late last year and has since spread to locations across the globe, including the United States.

While the full extent of COVID-19 is not known yet, reported illnesses have ranged from extremely mild to severe, some resulting in death. Officials say that 80 to 85 percent of cases of COVID-19 have been mild, similar to a cold or the flu.

Older people and those with underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes are at a greater risk for a serious case.

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