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COVID-19 cases climb to 322 in Oklahoma, 8 deaths

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Health officials in Oklahoma say the number of novel coronavirus cases continues to grow.

On Friday morning, data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that the state currently has 322 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Counties highlighted in yellow on the map above indicate a death in that county.
Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-03-27 at 7:00 AM.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Positive (In-State)322
Positive (Out-of-State)2
Negative*1084
Hospitalized105
Deaths8

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

LaboratoryCases
Diagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma55
State Public Health Laboratory113
Other154
Total322
Age Group, YearsCOVID-19 CasesDeaths
00-0430
05-1750
18-35540
36-49641
50-64812
65+1155
Total3228
Age Range: 0-95 yrsMedian Age: 58
GenderCasesDeaths
Female1652
Male1576
Total3228

COVID-19 Cases by County

CountyCasesDeaths
Adair30
Bryan10
Caddo10
Canadian110
Carter10
Cherokee10
Choctaw10
Cleveland393
Comanche60
Craig10
Creek141
Custer30
Delaware20
Garvin20
Grady20
Jackson10
Kay170
Latimer10
Lincoln30
Logan30
Mayes20
McClain20
Muskogee50
Noble30
Oklahoma942
Okmulgee20
Osage50
Ottawa10
Pawnee141
Payne70
Pittsburg20
Pontotoc20
Pottawatomie20
Sequoyah10
Stephens10
Tulsa491
Wagoner80
Washington90
Total3228

* Community spread is defined as the spread of an illness for which the source of
infection is unknown. For purposes of our COVID-19 reporting, we are highlighting
the counties that contain a positive case.

So far, officials say eight Oklahoma patients have died and 105 others have been hospitalized because of the virus. 

Officials say the latest death occurred in Creek County. The patient was a man in his 70s.

So far, deaths have occurred in Cleveland, Creek, Oklahoma, Pawnee and Tulsa counties.

According to health department data, there are eight people who are younger than 17-years-old infected with the virus in Oklahoma.

In all, 196 of the confirmed cases are 50-years-old or older. The median age for a patient is 58-years-old.

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.

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.

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.

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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