OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As many businesses and community events close their doors to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health say the number of COVID-19 cases in the state continues to go up.
On Friday morning, data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that the state currently has 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The patients are in the following counties:
- Canadian – 2
- Cleveland – 11
- Custer – 1
- Grady- 1
- Garvin - 1
- Jackson -1
- Kay – 3
- McClain -1
- Oklahoma – 19
- Pawnee – 1
- Payne -1
- Tulsa – 5
- Washington – 1.
According to health department data, the patients range in age from less than 1-year-old to 79-years-old. New data indicates that two patients are children. In all, 25 of the confirmed cases are 50-years-old or older.
At this point, officials are still waiting on test results for at least 374 patients.
State officials urge Oklahomans to stay away from ill patients and to frequently wash their hands. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
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.
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