Oklahoma Reports Third COVID-19 Death, Reported Cases Pass 100

Mar 24, 2020

Updated March 24, 3:05 p.m. 

A third Oklahoman has died of COVID-19, and the state surged to 109 reported cases on Tuesday.

A Cleveland County woman in her 60s has died, and 25 people are hospitalized with the illness. COVID-19 has been reported in 19 counties now.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 106 cases in its daily update, but during a news conference Tuesday afternoon, officials said there are 109 cases.

Oklahoma County still has the most cases, 41, followed by Cleveland with 22 and Tulsa with 12.

The state health department has broken down its age groupings, which now show two cases in children under 4 years old, 26 cases among 18- to 35-year-olds, 23 among 36- to 49-year-olds, 26 among 50- to 64-year-olds and 29 among those 65 and older.

Half of Oklahoma's positive test results came from the state lab. Privately owned Diagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma has reported 17 positive results, and 36 have come from other labs not specified by the health department.

The health department continues to support guidelines from the CDC related to social distancing and personal hygiene. OSDH encourages Oklahomans to stay home, reduce person-to-person contact, wash hands frequently, and avoid touching their faces.

If you develop symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or cough, contact your health care provider, call the COVID-19 call center at 877-215-8336 or dial 211 for assistance.