A doctor at Saint Francis Health System has died, reportedly of COVID-19.
"We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of our colleague Dr. Giancarlo Piano," Saint Francis said in a Saturday statement. "He was a well-respected member of the medical staff and known for his kindness and compassion."
"We pray for the heavenly repose of his soul and that his wife and sons be surrounded by love and the healing presence of Christ during this time of mourning," the statement concludes.
Dr. George Monks, president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, tweeted on Saturday that Piano was a vascular surgeon.
"We are deeply mourning the loss of Giancarlo Piano, MD one of our vascular surgeons in Tulsa who died from Covid," Monks wrote. "We send our thoughts and prayers to his family. Dr Piano, thank you for your many years giving of yourself to help others."
On a virtual weekly COVID update from OSU Center for Health Sciences' Project ECHO on Wednesday, Dr. Jennifer Clark of the University of Tulsa's Oxley College of Health Sciences said 4,709 health care providers in Oklahoma were known to have been infected, with 10 fatalities.
"Obviously, a real concern," Clark said.