This version has amended changes to drive-thru testing sites.

• As of this advisory, there are 719 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. Greer County has been added to the list of counties now required to come into compliance with Governor Kevin Stitt's "Safer at Home" executive order that calls for non-essential businesses in counties with COVID-19 cases to temporarily suspend services until April 16.

• There are an additional seven deaths: o Three in Oklahoma County, a female in the 50-64 age group and a male and female older than 65. o One in Greer County, a female older than 65. o One in Kay County, a male older than 65. o One in Mayes County, a male in the 50-64 age group. o One in Osage County, a male older than 65.

• There are 30 total deaths in the state.

• Drive-thru testing sites (no appointment necessary) open today, Thursday and Friday: o Woodward from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Woodward County Event Center. o Altus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Western Oklahoma State College. o Lawton from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Urgent Care Clinic, 3811 W. Gore. • Criteria for testing at drive-thru testing sites: o Must be 18 or older

Only one specimen per household

 Have not had close contact (within 6 ft.) of someone who has tested positive in past 14 days o Currently experiencing fever (>100.4 degrees F) AND cough or shortness of breath.

• Testing is also available at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a physician referral and by appointment only.

• REMINDER: Governor Stitt’s “Safer at Home” order includes the following guidelines for all 77 counties until April 30: o No gatherings in groups larger than 10 people. o People age 65 or older or those with a compromised immune system must shelter at home. o On both statewide and municipal levels, individuals can still leave for essential errands such as to grocery stores or pharmacies. Please call 2-1-1 or visit covidresources.ok.gov for resources and information. • For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results Positive (In-State) 719 Positive (Out-of-State) 2 Negative* 1,248 Hospitalizations 219 Deaths 30

*Negative testing results are only from the State Public Health Laboratory and do not include private laboratory negative results. Data Source: Acute Disease Service,




Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:56

Help, My Kids Have So Many Questions!

 A service of the Oklahoma State Health Department 

Depending on who lives in your household, you may be encountering many more questions than you feel prepared to answer. We know this is a dynamic situation and want to provide you with some tips, tools and resources that can help you navigate questions on COVID-19.

• Consider your audience. Focus on facts, and keep explanations simple for younger audiences. For your pre-teen and teen audience, acknowledge they are likely gathering their own information and be ready to point them towards reliable, science-based facts.
• Be transparent. While we want to encourage you to stay calm, we also encourage you to be honest with your kids. If you don’t know how to answer a question, say that. If they want to know how you are feeling, share that. Demonstrating it is okay to be open with your feelings will help them feel comfortable doing the same.

• Reassure your kids. Provide your kids reassurance that while COVID-19 is causing disruptions to their day-to-day lives (school, sports, extracurricular activities, church events) remind them that the risk to them is low, and that there are a lot of really smart people dedicating their lives to reducing its impact, slowing the spread and looking for ways to prevent this from happening again.

• Share with them ways they can help, like everyday activities they can implement to help slow the spread. Handwashing, covering mouths when coughing, practicing social distance, are all simple ways you can help your kiddos feel like they are part of the solution.

The CDC has provided a page of resources dedicated to assisting you in this discussion. Or, if your audience is more visual or audio learners, check out this cool infographic from Live Science or this video from Lingo Kids. 

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Friday, 27 March 2020 20:41

Have You Heard?

Press release

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, anecdotal stories and experiences begin to emerge. The information overload is unlikely to stop any time soon, so we want to take a moment to remind you about the importance of making sure the information you’re hearing (and sharing) is accurate.

Here are a few tips for you to ensure you’re hearing or reading the real deal:

  • Consider the source when receiving text messages or app messages that oversell the authority of the message sender. A friend of a friend who knows someone is probably not a reliable source, so proceed with caution until you can validate it’s credible.
  • Fact check. Did you read a post that said your local legislator made a decision to “lockdown” your community? Check his or her official page for confirmation before proceeding.
  • Determine where you want to gather your primary information and stick to that source as your true north. Outside of the OSDH, the CDC and the WHO are the overarching public health experts on COVID-19. 

Misinformation can cause additional fear, anxiety and concern in today’s news cycle. A healthy dose of skepticism will help ensure the information you are receiving, and sharing, is helpful and not harmful.

Thursday, 26 March 2020 10:38

Marriage Licenses March 16-20, 2020

The following couple applied for their marriage licenses during the week of March 16-20, 2020, at the LeFlore County Court Clerk’s office.

Terry Scott Harris and Elizabeth McCormick

Austin Jim Rees and Hannia Marie Dyer

Gaylon Dewayne Mounce and Leah Janelle Spears

Shannon Phoenix Thompson and Lisa Kay Beasley

Michael Christian Lutz and Ophellia Elizabeth Kell Scott

Robert Matthew Dodson and Misty Dawn Medrano

Dusty Bryan Page and Whitney Janea Cook

Rahme Mustfa Mohammad Abdalla and Rose Marie Kathleen Moran

Everett Carl Plummer, Jr. and Teressa Kay Catlett

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 12:25

Handwashing tips from EOMC


Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy. Wash your hands at these times:

*Before, during, and after preparing food

*Before eating food

*Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea

*Before and after treating a cut or wound

*After using the toilet

*After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

*After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

*After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

*After handling pet food or pet treats

*After touching garbage

Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. 3. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

4. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer?

Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

5. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.


March 25, 2020

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Creating a State of Health


Press release from the Oklahoma State Health Department


  • As of this advisory, there are 164 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. New counties with cases include Adair, Bryan, Carter, Creek, Delaware, Osage, Pottawatomie and Stephens Counties.
  • There are an additional two deaths, both from Oklahoma County, one male in his 70s and one male in his 40s.
  • The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has been working aggressively to establish four satellite testing locations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kay, and Pittsburg counties.

To effectively develop a large-scale, statewide, satellite testing platform, OSDH is implementing a limited rollout in order to ​develop best practices for a more robust platform. 

OSDH and its public health care partners will begin these new testing sites in phases. Phase one rolls out today, Wednesday, March 25 in Pittsburg County, with 100 test kits, and Kay County with limited testing supplies. 

Setting up this initial test phase allows the State's medical professionals to gather  ​public health data, outside of the hospital setting, while determining the projected capacity needed for effective COVID-19 testing throughout Oklahoma. 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Positive (In-State)


Positive (Out-of-State)








*Negative testing results are only from the State Public Health Laboratory and do not include private laboratory negative results.

COVID-19 Cases by Testing Laboratory



Diagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma


State Public Health Laboratory






COVID-19 Cases by Age Group

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0-91 yrs

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COVID-19 Cases by County


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Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-03-25 at 7:00 a.m.


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The increasing spread of COVID-19 across our nation is starting to make even the calmest among us begin to get anxious. It’s easy to wrap ourselves up in our own fears and worries, thinking only as far as those we are immediately responsible for – kids, parents, grandparents, our pets. But this is also an opportunity for us to begin to think about our communities.

This doesn’t mean the zip code our mail is delivered to. It’s the cul-de-sac, block, apartment complex or other housing community we may call home. Have you met your neighbors? Do you know their names or struggles?

What if the challenge of our self-quarantine stops being about all the things we can’t do, and starts being about all the things we can do? Let this be a challenge for each of us to learn something new about the people we should be in community with – and find ways to be more connected.

Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • If you are well and have the means, leave a note on doors or in mailboxes with your name, phone number and an invitation to text or call for neighbors who may not be able to go out and get their own essentials.
  • Have kids? Great – set them up with some crayons and construction paper and ask them to draw pictures and write notes to deliver to neighbors and friends. (Bonus points because you’ve also conducted art class for the day.) People don’t need to open their doors for you to drop these off.
  • A music teacher in Edmond, Okla. recently posted on Facebook that she has started singing outside her neighbors’ windows to spread a little “light and love” as people stay in their homes.

We know this is hard. We know it feels like a forever change. But it’s not.

And maybe, at the end of this, we’ll find out that there is a lot more that brings us together, than divides us.

You’ve got this!


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Press release

 In response to the rapidly evolving response to COVID-19 in our state, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is actively increasing capacity around the state to meet local needs.


A significant part of this effort is ensuring the talent and support that exists is being accurately utilized in priority areas. To maximize the available talent and expertise, and in consideration of the statewide nature of the health crisis, OSDH is expanding and redeploying its use of experts in the field.

We are deploying Laurence Burnsed to provide epidemiological expertise to Oklahoma stakeholders. Additionally, OSDH is pleased to announce that Dr. Aaron Wendelboe will join the leadership team as the Interim State Epidemiologist as Mr. Burnsed assumes this new role.

Dr. Wendelboe received his PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina. He worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer. He has dedicated his career to enhancing capabilities to conducting public health surveillance and outbreak investigations.

These actions will provide support to all areas of our state, with emphasis on rural communities, to better understand and meet needs for local community response. The increase in public relations messaging and epidemiological support will help bridge the gap with local responders in public health and healthcare experts.

Friday, 13 March 2020 08:15

Marriage Licenses March 2-6, 2020

 The following couples applied for their marriage licenses at the LeFlore County Court Clerk’s office during the week of March 2-6, 2020:

Russell Hall and Lubove Zellmann

Jay Tyler Killian and Christian Dakota Dyson

Richard H. Watkins and Kodi Denea Bean

Keenan Darrel Lane Bradley and Alyssa Cheyenne Biggerstaff

Roger Dale Shimel and Valicia Anna Witte

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