CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) UPDATES
President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. Please visit whitehouse.gov/openingamerica for more information.
OCCHD will schedule appointments for anyone wanting to be tested. Contact the OCCHD Nurse Triage line at 405-425-4489 available M-F from 8AM to 4:30 PM to schedule an appointment time. Do not show up without an appointment. Persons will not be tested without an appointment.
Parking lot of OCCHD's Southern Oaks Health and Wellness Campus
6728 S. Hudson Avenue | Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Starting June 1 operation hours will switch to 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.)
To locate the new OCCHD testing location, please turn at 6900 South Walker next to the Southern Oaks Metropolitan Library and proceed northward along South Hudson Avenue turning left into the Southern Oaks Health and Wellness Campus parking lot at 6728 South Hudson Avenue.
OCCHD will begin offering drive-thru testing beginning Monday, June 1 at the Northeast Regional Health and Wellness Campus parking lot at 2600 NE 63rd from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Walmart Supercenter Locations:
1801 Belle Isle Boulevard in Oklahoma City
6100 West Reno in Oklahoma City
Del City at 5401 Tinker Diagonal Street
3301 Southwest 104th Street
Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
The University of Oklahoma Health Center offers testing by appointment only by calling the OU Medicine Hotline at (405) 271-7774, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The testing site is 1000 N.E. 10th Street in Oklahoma City.
The Perry Klassen Family Medical Center also offers testing at 1901 Springlake Drive in Oklahoma City. Call (405) 419-9800 for more information.
For a list of other county testing sites, please click here.
CDC Guidance for Businesses & Employers
Employees who appear to have symptoms (ie. fever, cough, or shortness of breath) upon arrival at work or who become sick during the day should be sent home.
If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace, but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The fellow employees should self-monitor for symptoms.
Employers should not require a positive COVID-19 test result or a healthcare provider's note for employees who are sick to validate their illness, qualify for sick leave, or return to work. Healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and unable to provide such documentation in a timely manner. For further guidance, click here.
To view guidance for restaurants/cafeterias, grocery stores, charitable food distribution sites, and food trucks, click here.
CONVALESCENT PLASMA TO AID LOCAL COVID-19 PATIENTS
April 5, 2020 (OKLAHOMA CITY) – Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) will collect convalescent plasma from donors who have recovered from COVID-19, part of an experimental initiative to use the product to treat seriously ill patients.
By creating the only statewide registry of available patients, Oklahoma Blood Institute can ensure local patients receive the donated products and have the best possible chance at fighting the illness.
Click to view OCCHD's Guidence.pdf. Includes guidance for Restaurants/Cafeterias, Grocery Stores and Charitable Food Distribution Sites, and Food Trucks.
OSDH Hotline Hours: 7 days a week / 8am-5pm
OCCHD Hotline Hours: Mon-Fri / 8am-4:30pm
3.28.20: With recommendations from the public health advisory group, Mayor Holt will be incorporating the Governor's orders into his proclamation and is officially asking us all to "shelter in place." Click to view video announcement. Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum is making this announcement simultaneously in Tulsa. Please visit the link below for further explanation. https://www.okc.gov/Home/Components/News/News/3321/140
3.25.20: The Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) has confirmed two deaths and 56 cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The two deaths include one individual older than 65 and one individual in the 35 – 50 age group. Both individuals were males. Read More.
3.24.20: Governor Stitt issued a statewide Executive Order that closes non-essential businesses that are in Oklahoma counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19. For more details please visit: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/response
3.21.20: Governor Stitt amended Executive Order 2020-07 to allow OSU and OU labs to perform COVID-19 testing.
3.19.20 at 9:15am: Tulsa Health Department officials confirm a Tulsa County resident has died due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Read More.
3.17.20 at 3:00pm: Announced by Mayor David Holt at the live press conference. View here. Closures effective for Oklahoma City until further notice:
3.17.20 at 1:15pm: If you become symptomatic, stay home. COVID-19 is a cold-like virus, so you should approach it the same way you approach a cold. Get some rest, drink plenty of fluids and if you don’t start feeling better in a few days, call your provider and determine the best next steps for you and your family.
We need to make sure our healthcare system can meet the needs of those who are at highest risk for complications from COVID-19, and the easiest way to do that is to use common sense. If you wouldn’t go to the doctor for these symptoms under normal circumstances, please don’t go now. Read more.
- 3.17.20 at 11:05am: There are now 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. At this time, all test results conducted through the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) public health laboratory are sent to the ordering physician or submitting clinical facility. Test status or results will not be provided by phone. If test results are positive, public health officials initiate an investigation, which results in notifying the patient and provider to conduct the case investigation and contact tracing procedures. Read more.
3.16.20 at 2:36pm: Pursuant to Governor Stitt’s Executive Order 2020-06 and President Trump’s declaration of a National Public Health Emergency, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is authorizing the following facilities to restrict visitors as they deem necessary to protect those they serve.... Read More
3.16.20 at 11:40am: As of this advisory, there are 10 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) advises anyone with COVID-19 symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever or coughing to please stay home and limit person-to-person engagement. Read More
3.15.20: Gov. Kevin Stitt declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties in Oklahoma. Click to view statement.
3.15.20 at 7:20pm: A COVID-19 Press Conference was held this afternoon. Updates on the situation were given and Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt declared a state of emergency for the city of Oklahoma City. Click to watch the Press Conference
3.15.20 at 12:45pm: Three additional individuals have tested positive for COVID-19. The cases are in Cleveland, Payne and Tulsa counties. There are currently seven cases in Oklahoma. Read more.
3.13.20 at 9:45pm: Oklahoma’s public health officials have announced the first presumptive positive COVID-19 case in Oklahoma County. The individual is a woman in her 60s who had recent travel to Florida. She is in isolation at home and public health officials have commenced contact investigation. Officials noted the presumptive case is unrelated to other COVID -19 cases in Oklahoma. There are now four cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. Read more.
3.12.20 at 6:30am: Public health officials are still investigating the situation following last night’s NBA game here in Oklahoma City. More information will be shared as we learn it today, but remember to rely on facts vs rumors across social media.
3.11.20 at 10:30pm: The NBA has announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has been tested for COVID-19 and received a presumptive positive result while in Oklahoma City. Public health officials were able to obtain the test result before the game’s tip off. This is still an ongoing investigation as public health officials are testing other players and staff who have been in contact with the player.
Those who were in attendance at the game are not at risk of catching COVID-19. As a reminder, COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets. Only individuals who are in close contact with a person with COVID-19 would be at risk of exposure.
SITUATION IN OKLAHOMA
COVID-19 is present in Oklahoma. Public health experts at OCCHD are communicating with and educating health care providers and other public health partners about the current situation. Infection control and isolation protocols are already in place to prevent the spread of illness in Oklahoma County.
Both MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV have been known to cause severe illness in people. The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully understood. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including illness resulting in death. Learn more about the symptoms associated with COVID-19.
There are ongoing investigations to learn more. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
More cases of COVID-19 are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. It’s also likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in communities in the United States. It’s likely that at some point, widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur.