3 new positive coronavirus cases announced, bringing Oklahoma total to 7

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Sunday three more people have tested positive for a new coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the state total to seven. Two other people tested positive, but they were out-of-state residents and are separate from the state total, the health department said.

The new cases are in Cleveland, Payne and Tulsa counties.

A woman in her 40s is the third case of COVID-19 in Tulsa County, according to the Tulsa County Health Department. Officials have not said if the case in Tulsa County is related to the first two.

Officials report 139 people have been tested in Oklahoma, with 12 people still waiting for their results. There were 118 people who tested negative.

The state department of health said they continue to work with health care partners to ensure individuals who need to be tested for COVID-19 will receive access to testing.

Earlier this week, the Tulsa County Health Department reported the state’s first case of COVID-19, a Tulsa man in his 50s who recently returned from Italy, has recovered from the respiratory illness.

The OSDH has authorized hospitals, nursing facilities, assisted living centers, adult day care centers, jails and detention centers to restrict visitors as they deem necessary to protect those they serve.

Individuals with a fever, cough or shortness of breath should contact a primary care physician or public health professional who can then recommend a test for COVID-19 if necessary, the state health department said. Clinicians may recommend testing for other respiratory illnesses, including flu. Those individuals who are uninsured may call 211 for community resources.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 1,629 cases and 41 deaths in the United States as of Friday.

How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.

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