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Oklahoma up to 44 Reported Cases of COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Another 15 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of reported cases in the state to 44.

There has now been one reported death in the state, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health is now reporting hospitalizations from COVID-19, which are at four.

Another child 4 years old or younger has a reported case of the illness. Nearly half the reported cases in the state, 21, are in the 18–49 age range.

Oklahoma County leads the state with 18 reported cases of COVID-19. Tulsa County has five cases. A new case reported Wednesday is a man in his 40s. Three of the four other cases in Tulsa County were travel-related, but the fourth, a man in his 50s who died Wednesday, was acquired through community spread.

The illness has now been reported in 14 of Oklahoma's 77 counties.

The state has 250 test results pending.

The state health department has partnered with 211Oklahoma to provide quick access to the COVID-19 hotline by dialing 211 from any phone.

Health officials say with a critically low supply of test kits, tests are being prioritized for the elderly, people with compromised immune systems and clusters of individuals experiencing symptoms, like nursing homes.

People experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 like cough, fever and shortness of breath are being asked to self-isolate and call a health care provider, county health department or 211. Do not go to an emergency room unless you're part of a vulnerable population or symptoms worsen.

Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, it is strongly recommended that everyone observe social distancing and sanitation guidelines to avoid spread to vulnerable populations.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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