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,
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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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.
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.
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.
Love Fostering Hope (LFH) opened in October 2019 and is located in Shady Point. It was founded by Travis and Marie Clem and Marie serves as the Director of Operations.
LFH is a Christian, Transitional Living program and Addiction Recovery Home for women and their children.
LFH helps those that are alcoholics, addicts and domestic abuse victims. Live-in house managers serve as mentors and provide a good balance between structure and freedom.
We offer support with spiritual growth, recovery structure, relapse prevention, positive parenting, family reunification, GED classes, health and wellness, life skills and accountability while developing a sober and healthy lifestyle.
Numerous other volunteers are utilized for these programs offered for residents.
Participants of Love Fostering Hope live virtually normal lives. We make Love Fostering Hope feel like a home, not an institution.
Love Fostering Hope is so much more than a "house" where women live and stay sober. They are in small groups and Bible study throughout the day. They attend church regularly and Covenant Recovery weekly along with any other court-ordered classes.
Our goal is to prepare our residents to succeed in life by providing a strong foundation in Christ and by helping them find employment and housing after they graduate from the program.
If you would like to know more about our program or to find out about volunteering or donating to our home please contact Marie Clem at 479-806-8517.
State Remains Vigilant
OKLAHOMA CITY—Governor Kevin Stitt, alongside experts with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), today updated the status of the coronavirus in Oklahoma reporting there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. Oklahoma has submitted specimens for seven people, five of those results came back negative and two are pending.
The infection risk in Oklahoma remains low at this time and we are prepared and remain vigilant in minimizing risk for citizens in our state,” said Governor Kevin Stitt. “With this being said, the state is taking this global epidemic seriously and is well positioned to monitor the developing situation, deploy assets as needed, and protect the public health and safety of Oklahomans.
” The OSDH is actively working a comprehensive program of prevention, protection, testing and containment with public and private health organizations, schools, businesses and faith-based organizations. “We are aggressively monitoring the status of the infection and working diligently with our partners locally and nationally every day to remain prepared as the degree of risk can change quickly,” said Gary Cox, OSDH Commissioner of Health. “We are continuing to test individuals who either have symptoms or who recently travelled from one of the affected areas of the globe where the virus is spreading.”
A prestigious national organization called Trust for America’s Health recently ranked Oklahoma in the top tier for public health emergency preparedness. “So far, COVID-19 in the U.S. is mild," said Laurence Burnsed, MPH, Oklahoma State Epidemiologist. "Older people and those with pre-existing health conditions are at greater risk.
The virus is thought to spread like flu through respiratory droplets produced from a cough or sneeze between people in close contact with one another. Protecting yourself with regular hand washing and avoiding sick people is an important first step.” The OSDH announced establishment of a new call center dedicated to addressing questions from the public regarding COVID-19.
The call center is expected to go on-line at the end of this week. More information is available at coronavirus.health.ok.gov
With the approach of Spring Break, OSDH encourages potential travelers to be proactive in checking the COVID-19 status of their international destination.
Returning from countries with a Level 2 or Level 3 status may require a home quarantine of two weeks.
There are no travel restrictions within the United States.