Covid-19: Still 1 case in Washington County; state numbers rise

March 21, 2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has confirmed one case of Covid-19 in Washington County.

Latest information from the Oklahoma State Department of Health on Covid-19, as of March 21, 2020:

• As of this advisory, there are 53 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

• Results are beginning to come in from the public-private partnership with Diagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma (DLO), who took on an additional 300 tests for the state.

• (On March 20), the U.S. Small Business Administration approved the State of Oklahoma’s request for disaster loans for small businesses across all 77 counties who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses and non-profit groups can apply for up to $2 million in loans through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Information for loan applications can be found at www.sba.gov/disaster.

• The Oklahoma State Department of Health continues to support guidelines from the CDC related to social distancing and personal hygiene. OSDH encourages Oklahomans to reduce person-to-person contact, wash hands frequently, and avoid touching your face. If you develop symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or cough, please contact your medical professional or call 211 for assistance.

For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

City of Bartlesville measures approved by the Bartlesville City Council during an emergency meeting on March 18 will remain in place until reviewed again during the council’s regularly scheduled meeting on April 6. The council may elect to amend or extend the measures at that time.

Symptoms

Symptoms of the highly contagious virus can range from mild to severe and can appear two to 14 days after exposure. They include cough, fever and shortness of breath. There is currently no vaccine or treatment for Covid-19.

CDC recommendations

To help reduce the chance of infection, the Centers for Disease Control recommends:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer when washing is not possible.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • If you are sick, wear a facemask and call ahead before you seek medical care.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Testing

Anyone who suspects they may have Covid-19 should contact their primary care provider or hospital by phone prior to seeking treatment. Testing is available through private labs and 68 county health departments but must be referred by a primary care provider or hospital. Health department test kits are limited. For more information, contact the Oklahoma State Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline at 877-215-8336.