Washington County, like most of the country, has seen a spike in reported coronavirus cases in recent weeks, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health reports.
“Washington County had two of our worst days with 50 cases on Saturday and 20 cases on Sunday,” City Manager Mike Bailey said today. “We also added another Covid death in Washington County on Thursday. We are currently experiencing our highest rolling seven-day average of new cases per 100,000 that we have seen in our county.”
According to the OSDH website, as of earlier today Washington County has had 1,540 cases of Covid-19, with 43 deaths and 1,331 persons recovered.
State health officials continue to encourage mask wearing, distancing and hand washing to help slow spread of the virus.
“Oklahoma’s current trend with new positive cases continues to reflect community transmission, which can be reduced by keeping six feet of physical distance from others, wearing face coverings when around individuals from outside the household, avoiding touching your face and regular hand-washing,” the OSDH said in a public release last Friday.
Oklahoma currently ranks 25th in the number of total reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S. and 19th in the cumulative incidence (per 100,000 persons) of reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S, OSDH reports show.
The OSDH recommends Oklahomans seek out testing, with or without symptoms.
“Diagnostic testing is freely available to all Oklahomans, and we continue to improve our ability to find and diagnose Covid-19 cases through our contact tracing efforts,” health department officials said. “If you are diagnosed with Covid-19, a public health worker may try to contact you; the need to adhere to instructions to quarantine and isolate remain critically important.”