Updated March 30, 2020.
The number of cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma rose to 481, and an additional reported death in Cleveland County brought total deaths in the state to 17, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health data released Monday.
The 16th and 17th reported deaths were both between the ages of 50 and 64 – one in Cleveland County and one in Oklahoma County. Cases have now been confirmed in 47 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties.
The largest number of deaths has occurred in Cleveland County, with six deaths, followed by four in Oklahoma County. Eleven of the 17 deaths were people aged 65 or over; 10 males and seven females have died.
On Sunday night, Gov. Kevin Stitt revised his executive order to require travelers from six states – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Louisiana and Washington – to self-quarantine for 14 days. His order also requires delivery personnel to be screened when delivering to hospitals, clinics and long-term care and day-care facilities. Tulsa and Oklahoma City have 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.
|Oklahoma Test Results|
(March 29, 2020)
|Negative (excluding private lab tests)||1,207|
Among the current tendencies:
-The median age of those testing positive is 58, 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 169. Global infections have shown that those over 65 are at higher risk for the virus.
-Slightly more women than men – 253 to 228 – 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 134 positive tests and four deaths, followed by Tulsa County with 65 cases with three deaths. Cleveland County had 60 cases with six deaths.
Nationally, Oklahoma’s 481 confirmed COVID-19 cases through March 30 was lower than numbers in most other states.
Officials at OU Medicine have said 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.
Oklahoma Watch staff members Trevor Brown, Paul Monies and David Fritze contributed to this report.