COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Oklahoma with over 1,600 diagnosed

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Just days after reaching 1,000 coronavirus cases in Oklahoma, health officials say the number of cases has already surpassed 1,600.

On Thursday morning, data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that the state currently has 1,684 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Officials also announced 1 additional death from the virus:

-A man in Sequoyah County who was older than 65.

So far, officials say 80 Oklahoma patients have died and 415 others have been hospitalized because of the virus. 

Officials with OSDH say the total number of flu deaths in Oklahoma to 83 since the flu season began in September.

As of Wednesday, 686 people in Oklahoma have recovered from COVID-19 so far.

Drive Thru Coronavirus Testing Area Opens At Carroll Hospital in Westminster, Maryland
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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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