Oklahoma up to 17 Reported COVID-19 Cases; Officials Urge Screening Before Testing

Mar 17, 2020

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oklahoma’s number of reported cases of COVID-19 jumped 70% from Monday to Tuesday, and now 17 people have tested positive for the illness.

Eight cases are in people between 18 and 49 years old. The rest are in people over 50.

Tulsa Health Department Executive Director Doctor Bruce Dart said if you have symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty breathing, call your health care provider. Do not go to a hospital or clinic asking to be tested.

"I know that there’s been messaging around 'anyone who wants to get a test for COVID can get a test.' That’s literally not true. We have limited testing supplies in this nation, not just in Oklahoma," Dart said.

Dart said tests are currently being reserved for the patients most at risk of serious complications from the illness.

"If you’re unable to receive a test right away, please continue to shelter in place. We will work with your primary care provider to assure that if you are recommended for testing, you will get a test," Dart said.

Eight counties in Oklahoma now have reported COVID-19 cases, and Oklahoma County leads with six. Tulsa County is still at three reported cases, including one who has recovered.

The state does not have any reported deaths.