State health officials say 248 infected, 7 dead from COVID-19 in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (KXII) - State health officials announced Thursday there were now 248 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, and an additional two people have died from the virus in the past 24 hours.

The two additional deaths were both in Cleveland County, a female in her 90s and a male in his 60s. There are now seven total deaths in the state.

No new cases have been reported in any of our southern Oklahoma counties. Texoma counties with confirmed cases include Garvin (2), Pontotoc (1), Bryan (1), Carter (1), and Stephens (1) counties.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said as the state continues to work aggressively with public and private partners to increase testing supplies in Oklahoma, it is likely that the increase in confirmed cases is related to an increase in testing in the state.

OSDH operated two satellite testing sites in Kay County and Pittsburg County. There were 32 specimens collected at the Kay County site and 16 in Pittsburg County. The tests are being processed by the Oklahoma Public Health Laboratory.

With the number of cases rising each day, the OSDH urges the public to follow the Governor's "Safer at Home" executive order advising vulnerable populations and those over the age of 65 to stay home until April 30 and for non-essential businesses in counties with COVID-19 cases to temporarily suspend services until April 30. The CDC also recommends the public to stay home, practice social distancing, hand washing, and specifically for those who are sick to isolate for up to 14 days.

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