Virus cases keep climbing in Oklahoma; 3rd death reported

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Cleveland County woman in her 60s has become Oklahoma's third coronavirus-related death, and the number of confirmed cases continues to climb, state health officials said Tuesday.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported the number of people who have tested positive for the virus has climbed to 106 in 19 counties, but because of a shortage of available testing kits, health officials say the actual number is likely much higher.

No new local cases were reported Tuesday. There are two confirmed cases in Garvin County and one in Pontotoc County.

Gov. Kevin Stitt said Sunday the state will begin operating mobile testing sites in Kay, Pittsburg, Oklahoma and Tulsa counties, but the department said Tuesday those sites are not yet operational.

The vast majority of people who contract the virus recover within weeks. It causes only mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but it can lead to more severe illness, including pneumonia, especially in older adults and people with preexisting health problems.

Oklahoma's first death was a Tulsa County man in his 50s who died last week. The death of a second man, a Pawnee County man in his 50s, was reported Sunday.

Stitt has not yet called for statewide closure of certain businesses, like bars and restaurants, despite increasing calls to do so from state and health officials.

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