COVID-19 Deaths Nearly Double in Oklahoma, Jumping from Eight to 15

Mar 28, 2020

Credit Oklahoma State Department of Health

Seven new deaths from COVID-19 were reported Saturday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, bringing the state's total to 15.

Six deaths were in people 65 or older, with two each in Cleveland and Tulsa counties, and one in Oklahoma and Wagoner counties. A Sequoyah County woman between 50 and 64 years old also died.

Another 21 people have been hospitalized for the respiratory illness, bringing the total to 126, and Oklahoma had an additional 55 reported cases, bringing the state's total to 377.

Cases were reported in Le Flore and Nowata counties. There are now cases in 40 of Oklahoma's 77 counties.

Oklahoma County continues to be the hardest-hit by COVID-19, with 107 cases and three deaths. Tulsa County is now up to 57 cases and three deaths, and Cleveland County is at 46 cases and five deaths.

Drive-thru testing sites are now open in four cities in Oklahoma as a result of a cross-county, city and state health system partnership. Requirements vary, but an appointment and screening are required at all sites before a test will be given. People should contact their local health department for more information. Two more sites are slated to open next week in western Oklahoma.

The state has also launched a website to collect donations of personal protective equipment for health care workers.