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TULSA, Okla. — There are now 2,599 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Oklahoma.

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Update 12 p.m. April 19

  • As of Sunday, there are 2,599 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
  • There is one additional death, which occurred in the past 24 hours.
  • One in Delaware County, a female in the 65 and older age group.
  • There are 140 total deaths in the state.

Update 11:00 a.m. April 18

  • As of Saturday,there are 2,570 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
  • There are three additional deaths; all of them occurred in the past 24 hours.
  • One in Oklahoma County, a male in the 36-49 age group.
  • One in Pottawatomie County, a female in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Wagoner County, a female in the 50-64 age group.
  • There are 139 total deaths in the state.

Update 2:30 p.m. April 17:

Two new testing sites coming to Tulsa

These sites will be ran by the state.

Tulsa health department will only be assisting so anyone who has any symptoms or has been exposed to a COVID-19 patient, will be granted a test regardless of insurance.

The testing starts Monday.

1. OSU Centers for Health Sciences 1111 West 17th Street.

2. OU-Tulsa 4502 East 41st Street.

These are not drive-up testing sites, it’s by appointment. State officials told FOX23 this is for traffic control and social distancing.

They say that if you call 211 and meet any criteria they will book you a time.

ANTIBODY TESTING

We spoke to government officials and they say that antibody testing is just in its initial stages, meaning you can’t just go to a testing site or your doctor’s office and get an antibody test right now. They say they hope to eventually make antibody tests available at doctor’s offices, but it’s not there yet. Right now, the state is doing all the testing and are testing certain populations and also doing some random samplings to see how the virus is moving across the state.

NURSING HOMES

They say despite rumors, the national guard is not on their way right now to nursing homes that have had outbreaks. What the governor mentioned today was simply a plan, which is is still in the works. We will know more about that plan next week as the governor’s office is meeting with the national guard and state health department right now to get a plan in place. The plan will include the guard and health department going to facilities across the state (not just those affected already) to rollout a long-term response plan that would include proper PPE, as well as facility cleaning and staff training.

Update 12:30 p.m. April 17: Tulsa city and county leaders gave an update on the coronavirus situation in the area.

Tulsa County saw its latest death due to the virus on April 17.

Mayor G.T. Bynum announced furloughs for several city employees that will begin May 3 and last through Dec. 26, 2020.

Gov. Stitt announces more testing sites in Tulsa, research on testing to reopen state

Update 11:37 a.m. April 17: Gov. Stitt and state leaders shared new information about the COVID-19 situation in the state from Oklahoma City.

Stitt announced there would be two new mobile testing sites in Tulsa -- one at OSU Medical Center and one at OU Medical Center.

Stitt says the state is working on getting antibody testing to find those who’ve been exposed to coronavirus but might not have shown symptoms.

The state is also working on contact tracing and recruiting medical professionals and students to help with researching those tests.

Oklahoma cases near 2,500 as daily death numbers remain low

Update 11:30 a.m. April 17: Oklahoma is reporting 2,465 cases of coronavirus and a total of 136 deaths statewide.

Here’s what we know about the five people who died -- two of them occurred in the past 24 hours and the others died between April 9-April 15:

  • Two in Delaware County, both women in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Tulsa County, a man in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Creek County, a woman in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Greer County, a woman in the 65 and older age group

Health Department launches symptom tracker, data dashboard

Update 3:51 p.m. April 16: The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced the launch of an online system tracker and data dashboard.

The system tracker will allow users to enter personal information and symptoms to receive guidance on next steps from health officials.

The dashboard will offer location-specific information about the spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. However, the dashboard did not appear to be live at the time of this update.

University of Tulsa furloughs employees as school loses money

Update 1:30 p.m. April 16: The University of Tulsa announced furloughs for employees in response to its loss in revenue during the pandemic.

In a letter sent to staff on April 16, Interim President Janet K. Levit laid out the furlough plans as the university pays $4.6 million in unanticipated costs and expects to lose an additional $5.5 million in revenue over the summer and into the fall.

The University of Tulsa sent a letter to employees announcing the furlough all but those employees whose roles we consider absolutely necessary in this current moment for the health, safety and integrity of our community during these remote operations."
The University of Tulsa sent a letter to employees announcing the furlough all but those employees whose roles we consider absolutely necessary in this current moment for the health, safety and integrity of our community during these remote operations." (FOX23)

Eight more people die as statewide cases rise to 2,357

Update 11:30 a.m. April 16: Eight more deaths were reported as cumulative cases of coronavirus grew to 2,357.

There are now 131 deaths from the virus in Oklahoma.

  • Three in Cleveland County, two men and a woman in the 65 and older age group.
  • Two in Delaware County, both men in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Caddo County, a woman in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Muskogee County, a woman in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Washington County, a woman in the 65 and older age group.


Stitt updates Safer at Home order

Update 3:30 p.m. April 15: Gov. Kevin Stitt held a news conference Wednesday in which he announced updates to his Safer at Home order. Watch the conference here:

Today's update on our state's response to COVID-19.

Today's update on the extension of my Safer At Home order, resumption of elective surgeries and our state's response to #COVID19.

Posted by Governor Kevin Stitt on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Oklahoma cases grow to 2,263 as 15 more deaths are reported

Update 11:08 a.m. April 15: The Oklahoma State Health Department reported there have been 2,263 cases of coronavirus statewide.

There were 15 more deaths reported -- four of them occurred in the past 24 hours and the others died between April 3-April 13 -- bringing the statewide total to 123.

  • Three in Oklahoma County, three men in the 65 and older age group.
  • Two in Tulsa County, a man and woman in the 65 and older age group.
  • Two in Washington County, a woman in the 18-35 age group and a woman in the age group of 65 and older.
  • Two in Wagoner County, both men in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Adair County, a woman in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Cleveland County, a man in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Texas County, a man in the 18-35 age group.
  • One in Rogers County, a woman in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Grady County, a man in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Caddo County, a woman in the 65 and older age group.

Tulsa woman shows dramatic improvement after convalescent plasma injection

Update 8:50 p.m. April 14: Doctors at Ascension St. John administered the first convalescent plasma injection to a COVID-19 patient in Tulsa.

FOX23 learned the patient is a woman and received the injection over the weekend.

U.S. Treasury Department to intercept stimulus checks of Oklahomans who owe past due child support

Update 4 p.m. April 14: Up to 130,000 Oklahomans with past due child support may not receive the new stimulus checks being issued over the coming weeks and days under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, due to another federal law, the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996.

The stimulus payments are not exempt under this federal law from intercept for past-due child support, and Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) does not have the authority under federal or state law to circumvent or redistribute intercepted monies in any way.

The IRS will handle these payments the same as an intercept of a tax refund.

Tulsa leaders say this week is critical for flattening curve

Update 12:18 p.m April 14: Tulsa city and county leaders shared the latest information on the local virus situation.

Mayor G.T. Bynum says he wants Tulsans to take extra precautions this week as it is important to get through the peak of virus cases in the area.

Nine deaths reported as death toll rises above 100 statewide

Update 11:14 a.m April 14: Nine more people died in Oklahoma, bringing the statewide death toll to 108. There have been 2,184 cases reported overall.

Here’s what we know about the nine people who died:

  • One in Tulsa County, a woman in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Major County, a woman in the 18-35 age group.
  • One in Mayes County, a man in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Pittsburg County, a man in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Pontotoc County, a man in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Rogers County, a man in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Wagoner County, a woman in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Washington County, a woman in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Osage County, a woman in the 65 and older age group

2020 Tulsa Tough canceled due to virus concerns

Update 1:16 p.m April 13: The 2020 Saint Francies Tulsa Tough is canceled, organizers said Monday.

Organizers say chose to cancel instead of rescheduling and all current registrations for crits and condos will be automatically deferred to next year’s event June 11-13, 2021.

Those who registered will receive details on deferrals and refunds.

Cases rise over 2,000, death toll nears 100

Update 11:21 a.m April 13: Oklahoma reported 2,069 cases of coronavirus recorded in the state as three more people died from the virus.

Here’s what we know about the three additional deaths:

  • Two in Canadian County, a man and woman in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Kay County, a man in the 65 and older age group.
  • There are 99 total deaths in the state.

Numbers continue to increase

Update 11 a.m April 12

  • As of Sunday, there are 1,970 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
  • There are an additional two deaths:
  • There are 96 total deaths in the state.

Update 11 a.m April 11

  • As of Saturday, there are 1,868 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
  • There are an additional six deaths:
  • Three in Cleveland County, two females and a male in the 65 and older age group.
  • Two in Oklahoma County, a male and female in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Pottawatomie County, a female in the 65 and older age group .
  • There are 94 total deaths in the state.
  • Families are encouraged to celebrate the holiday weekend and spring festivities virtually, avoiding large gatherings, in order to comply with social distancing guidelines and avoid the spread of COVID-19.

OU Medicine announces plan to handle surge in patients

Update 6:05 p.m. April 10: In preparation for an anticipated surge of patients with COVID-19 requiring hospitalization, OU Medicine has established a four-phase surge plan to admit and treat hundreds of critically ill patients beyond normal hospital capacity.

The surge plan involves utilizing space across all OU Medicine facilities in Oklahoma City and Edmond, as well as accelerating construction of two floors of the new patient tower. In total, OU Medicine will be able to scale up 421 additional critical care beds when all four phases are implemented.

Update from Tulsa leaders on local virus situation

Update 11:15 a.m. April 10: City and county leaders in Tulsa shared the latest information on the coronavirus situation in the area.

There were no new reported deaths in Tulsa County on Friday.

Oklahoma cases near 1,800, eight more people die statewide

Update 11:15 a.m. April 10: Oklahoma’s cases of coronavirus hit 1,794 as the death toll rises to 88 statewide.

Here’s what we know about the eight people who died:

  • Two in Oklahoma County, a woman in the 50-64 age group and a man over the age of 65.
  • Two in Osage County, both men older than 65.
  • One in Creek County, a man older than 65.
  • One in Garfield County, a woman older than 65.
  • One in Pawnee County, a man older than 65.
  • One in Pottawatomie County, a woman older than 65.

Gov. Stitt addresses state’s hospital surge plan in Tulsa

Update 10:25 a.m. April 10: Gov. Kevin Stitt shared details on Oklahoma’s hospital surge plan and more models about the coronavirus situation in the state at OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa.

Hundreds of businesses reach out to Tulsa Responds fund

Update 3:25 p.m. April 9: Mayor G.T. Bynum said Thursday that nearly 800 businesses have reached out to Tulsa Responds for help from the Tulsa Resilience and Recovery Fund.

The city set up a $1.1 million fund to help businesses with zero-interest loans during the pandemic.

Apply today at TulsaResponds.org.

In the week since we announced it, nearly 800 businesses have reached out to Tulsa Responds for assistance. While the...

Posted by Mayor GT Bynum on Thursday, April 9, 2020

Only one new death reported as Oklahoma cases approach 1,700

Update 11:45 a.m. April 9: There are now 1,684 cases of coronavirus in Oklahoma including one new death related to the virus.

There are now 80 total deaths in the state after a man older than 65 died in Sequoyah County.

Gov. Stitt issues order to protect first responders

Update 11:35 a.m. April 8: Gov. Kevin Stitt issued an Executive Order to give first responders working for state agencies paid time off if they are infected with COVID-19.

“There’s no opportunity to work from home in these jobs, so they need our support," Stitt says.

Executive Order 2020-13 also does the following:

  • Removes barriers that will allow more medical professionals to be on the front lines by encouraging licensing boards to ease requirements on physician assistants, nurse practitioners and retired physicians.
  • Encourages the boards to increase opportunities for students and recent graduates who are not yet fully licensed to practice.
  • Allows closed health care facilities to be re-opened and remove regulatory burdens that would create lag time in getting bed space to treat patients.
  • Allows stretcher vans and stretcher aid vans to assist with emergencies and operate anywhere in the state.

Oklahoma deaths decline slightly as virus cases eclipse 1,500

Update 11:11 a.m. April 8: Oklahoma cases of coronavirus reached 1,524 and 12 more people died -- bringing the statewide total to 79.

Here’s what we know about the 12 people:

  • Four in Oklahoma County: two men and two women older than 65.
  • Two in Cleveland County, a man in the 36-49 age group and a man older than 65.
  • Two in Tulsa County, both men older than 65.
  • One in Adair County, a woman older than 65.
  • One in Greer County, a woman older than 65.
  • One in Kay County, a man older than 65.
  • One in Wagoner County, a man older than 65.

5 agency staff, 1 inmate test positive for COVID-19 in McAlester

Update 6:23 p.m. April 7: The Oklahoma Department of Corrections confirms an inmate at Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester has tested positive for COVID-19. Four facility staff members and one probation and parole officer have also tested positive for the virus.

ODOC is working with the Oklahoma State Department of Health to continue implementing its response to the pandemic and preventing community spread.

Saturday, the state health department provided masks for all inmates and staff.

Sunday, ODOC ordered all prisons to secure inmates in their cells while allowing access to necessary services, a move to protect the health of inmates and staff - not intended as a disciplinary measure.

Facility staff will deliver food, medicine, and any other necessities to inmates to limit group gatherings and enhance social distancing. Staff will devise schedules for activities including making phone calls and showering.

Gov. Stitt holds news conference Tuesday

Update 2:51 p.m. April 7: Gov. Kevin Stitt held a news conference Tuesday with Dr. David Chansolme, INTEGRIS Health Medical Director of Infection Prevention, Robin Roberson OESC (Oklahoma Employment Security Commission) Executive Director and Gino DeMarco, Governor’s Solution Task Force PPE Czar.

We are live providing an update on PPE supplies, unemployment assistance, and our State's response to #COVID19.

We are live providing an update on PPE supplies, unemployment assistance, and our State's response to #COVID19.

Posted by Governor Kevin Stitt on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Tulsa holds news conference after six more people die from virus in Tulsa County

Update 12 p.m. April 7: The City of Tulsa and Tulsa Health Department held a news conference to share new information after six more people in Tulsa County died from coronavirus.

Oklahoma cases rise by over 100, deaths jump by 16

Update 11:53 a.m. April 7: Oklahoma is now reporting 1,472 cases of coronavirus and 67 deaths in the state.

Here’s what we know about the additional 16 deaths:

  • Six in Tulsa County: a man in the 18-35 age group, a woman in 50-64 age group, and three women and a man older than 65.
  • One in Adair County, a woman older than 65.
  • One in Cherokee County, a woman older than 65.
  • One in Cleveland County, a woman older than 65.
  • One in Creek County, a man older than 65.
  • One in Kay County, a woman older than 65
  • One in Mayes County, a man older than 65.
  • Two in Osage County, a woman in the 50-64 age group and a man older than 65.
  • One in Wagoner County, a woman older than 65.
  • One in Washington County, a man older than 65.

Jenks instructs essential employees to wear mask outside office

Update 3 p.m. April 6: Jenks is asking all essential city employees to wear face masks when outside the office or when sharing an area with other people.

City first responders continue to use PPE to protect themselves and others.

The CDC is now recommending everyone wear a simple face covering when in public. This is to prevent asymptomatic...

Posted by City of Jenks - Municipality on Monday, April 6, 2020

Virus cases rise over 1,300, death toll at 51

Update 11:05 a.m. April 6: Oklahoma has had 1,327 cases of coronavirus including 51 deaths.

There have been 249 cases of the virus in Tulsa County and 8 deaths.

There were an additional five deaths in the state overnight:

  • Two in Greer County, a man and a woman older than 65.
  • One in Oklahoma County, a man in the 18-35 age group.
  • One in Osage County, a woman older than 65.
  • One in Pottawatomie County, a man older than 65

Over the weekend the Oklahoma State Department of Health received more than 6,000 negative COVID-19 test results reported by private labs dating back to February.

House, Senate passes statewide emergency health care act

Update 9:21 a.m. April 6: The Oklahoma House of Representatives and Senate passed the statewide emergency health care act by a vote of 99-1 in a special session called for by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

The state’s legislature has to pass the governor’s health emergency declaration for it to take effect.

Distance Learning begins across Oklahoma

Update 7:11 a.m. April 6: Oklahoma public and private schools are making the shift to distance learning as families continue to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

President Trump approves Disaster Declaration for Oklahoma

Update 7:09 p.m. April 5: President Trump approved Oklahoma’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration covering all 77 Oklahoma counties.

This authorizes FEMA’s Public Assistance program, which provides federal funding for emergency protective measures and direct federal assistance for state and local governments as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s request for additional assistance to include crisis counseling, disaster unemployment assistance, disaster legal services and other programs remains under review by the White House.