OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Hours after the United States Surgeon General issued a grim warning to Americans, it seems the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases has grown in Oklahoma.
On Monday morning, data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that the state currently has 81 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The patients are in the following counties:
- Canadian – 2
- Cleveland – 16
- Custer – 1
- Garvin – 2
- Grady- 1
- Jackson -1
- Kay – 5
- McClain -1
- Muskogee -1
- Noble -1
- Oklahoma – 29
- Pawnee – 3
- Payne -3
- Pontotoc – 1
- Tulsa – 11
- Washington – 2.
So far, officials say two Oklahoma patients have died and 15 others have been hospitalized because of the virus.
According to health department data, the patients range in age from less than 1-year-old to 88-years-old. Two of the patients are children.
In all, 43 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.
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.