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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Updated March 28, 2020

Public health officials are closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

This is an emerging and rapidly evolving situation. According to the CDC, the immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is still low for most Americans, but as the outbreak expands, that risk will increase. All 50 states have confirmed cases of COVID-19, and community spread is being reported in a growing number of states including Oklahoma. People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.  The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel. Additionally, they issued an alert advising older adults and those with chronic medical conditions to consider postponing nonessential travel. The CDC also recommends all travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide.

Tulsa County Confirmed COVID-19 Cases*

Sex Age Range Status Date Confirmed
1 - Male 50-64

Confirmed (Travel-related);
Recovered

3-6-2020
2 - Female 18-35 Confirmed (Travel-related) 3-10-2020
3 - Female 36-49

Confirmed (Travel-related)

3-15-2020
4 - Male 50-64 Deceased (Community Spread) 3-17-2020
5 - Male 36-49 Confirmed (Community Spread) 3-18-2020
6 - Male 36-49 Confirmed (Link to confirmed case) 3-21-2020
7 - Male 18-35 Confirmed (Community Spread) 3-22-2020
8 - Male 50-64 Confirmed (Community Spread) 3-22-2020
9 - Female 50-64 Confirmed (Community Spread) 3-22-2020
10 - Female 36-49 Confirmed (Travel-Associated) 3-22-2020
11 - Female 18-35 Confirmed (Travel-Associated) 3-22-2020
12 - Female 36-49 Confirmed (Community Spread) 3-23-2020
13 - Male 65+ Confirmed (Link to confirmed case) 3-22-2020
14 - Female 18-35 Confirmed (Link to confirmed case) 3-22-2020
15 - Male 05-17 Confirmed (Travel-Associated) 3-23-2020
16 - Male 36-49 Confirmed (Link to confirmed case) 3-23-2020
17 - Male 36-49 Confirmed (Investigation Ongoing) 3-23-2020
18 - Female 65+ Confirmed (Investigation Ongoing) 3-23-2020
19 - Male 65+ Confirmed (Investigation Ongoing) 3-23-2020
20 - Male 65+ Confirmed (Community Spread) 3-23-2020
21 - Female 65+ Confirmed (Link to confirmed case) 3-24-2020
22 - Male 65+ Confirmed (Link to confirmed case) 3-24-2020
23 - Male 50-64 Confirmed (Link to confirmed case) 3-24-2020
24 - Male 65+ Confirmed (Investigation Ongoing) 3-24-2020
25 - Male 65+ Confirmed (Community Spread) 3-24-2020
26 - Female 50-64 Confirmed (Community Spread) 3-24-2020
27 - Male 50-64 Confirmed (Community Spread) 3-24-2020
28 - Female 65+ Confirmed (Community Spread) 3/23/2020
29 - Female 65+ Deceased (Link to confirmed case) 3/23/2020
30 - Female 50-64 Confirmed (Link to confirmed case) 3/24/2020
31 - Female 50-64 Confirmed (Investigation Ongoing) 3/24/2020
32 - Male 36-49 Confirmed (Travel-Associated) 3/25/2020
33 - Male 65+ Confirmed (Link to confirmed case) 3/25/2020
34 - Female 50-64 Confirmed (Link to confirmed case) 3/25/2020
35 - Male 50-64 Confirmed (Investigation Ongoing) 3/25/2020
36 - Male 18-35 Confirmed (Link to confirmed case) 3/25/2020
37 - Female 50-64 Confirmed (Community Spread) 3/25/2020
38 - Male 36-49 Confirmed (Community Spread) 3/25/2020
39 - Male 36-49 Confirmed (Community Spread) 3/25/2020
40 - Male 65+ Confirmed (Investigation Ongoing) 3/25/2020
41 - Female 50-64 Confirmed (Community Spread) 3/26/2020
42 - Female 36-49 Confirmed (Community Spread) 3/24/2020
43 - Female 65+ Confirmed (Community Spread) 3/25/2020
44 - Female 36-49 Confirmed (Investigation Ongoing) 3/25/2020
45 - Male 50-64 Confirmed (Community Spread) 3/25/2020
46 - Male 50-64 Confirmed (Investigation Ongoing) 3/26/2020
47 - Female 05-17 Confirmed (Link to confirmed case) 3/26/2020
48 - Male 65+ Confirmed (Investigation Ongoing) 3/26/2020
49 - Female 65+ Confirmed (Investigation Ongoing) 3/26/2020
50 - Male 50-64 Confirmed (Investigation Ongoing) 3/27/2020
51 - Female 36-49 Confirmed (Link to confirmed case) 3/25/2020
52 - Male 65+ Confirmed (Community Spread) 3/27/2020
53 - Male 65+ Deceased (Link to confirmed case) 3/22/2020
54 - Male 65+ Confirmed (Investigation Ongoing) 3/27/2020
55 - Male 65+ Confirmed (Investigation Ongoing) 3/27/2020
56 - Male 65+ Confirmed (Investigation Ongoing) 3/27/2020
57 - Male 18-35 Confirmed (Investigation Ongoing) 3/27/2020

*Updated daily by 12 p.m.  For all Oklahoma county stats visit: coronavirus.health.ok.gov/.

What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization and declared a global pandemic on March 11, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Learn about COVID-19.

How does the virus 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. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?
Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.

Protection

How can I help protect myself?
Visit the Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19. CDC also recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Level 3 Health Notice Countries. As with any respiratory virus, you can protect yourself and others by taking every day preventative actions:

  • Avoid going in public. If you are well and must leave your home for essential reasons like groceries or health care, practice social distancing and maintain six feet between yourself and others.
  • Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
There is information for people who have had close contact with a person confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, COVID-19 infection available online.

Is it safe to travel to China or other countries where COVID-19 cases have occurred?
The situation is evolving. Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on location. Stay up to date with CDC’s travel health notices related to this outbreak. These notices will be updated as more information becomes available. CDC does have additional specific guidance for travelers available online. When returning from travel, to slow the spread of COVID-19 into the United States, CDC is working with state and local public health partners to implement after-travel health precautions. Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice).

Is it safe to travel within the U.S. where COVID-19 cases have occurred?

CDC does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States. However, cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been reported in many states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase chances of getting COVID-19, if there are other travelers with coronavirus infection. Here are several things you should consider when deciding whether it is safe for you to travel.

Where can I get tested?
Testing for COVID-19 is not available at any Tulsa Health Department location. Contact your health care provider if you believe you have been exposed. Your health care provider will assess your risk and make the determination if testing is warranted. If you do not have a health care provider, please call 2-1-1 for assistance. 

Should I get tested?
If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and most people with mild symptoms should isolate and care for themselves at homePeople at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.

How do I discontinue home isolation?
People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:

  • If you will not have a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
    • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND
    • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
    • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
  • If you will be tested to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
    • You no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND
    • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
    • you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

In all cases, follow the guidance of your healthcare provider and local health department. The decision to stop home isolation should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider and state and local health departments. Local decisions depend on local circumstances.

What is THD doing about COVID-19?

The Tulsa Health Department (THD) along with Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring this outbreak and implementing infection control and isolation protocols to prevent the spread of illness in Oklahoma. Local public health experts in Oklahoma are communicating with and educating health care providers and other public health partners about the current situation. THD, in collaboration with state and federal partners, is monitoring all travelers who return to Tulsa County from China and Iran. Travelers are contacted by health officials and monitored for 14 days following their departure from China and Iran. These individuals are restricted from public settings including work, school and health care settings. Tulsa Health Department epidemiologists perform contact tracing on confirmed cases in Tulsa County to determine potential exposures in the community. As of March 6, 2020, health officials reported the state's first positive COVID-19 case in Tulsa County. You can view updated COVID-19 stats in Oklahoma here

It is also flu season and health officials recommend receiving your annual flu shot, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs and taking flu antivirals if prescribed. See our Flu Page for more information.

COVID-19 Call Center
The Oklahoma State Department of Health has established a call center to answer COVID-19 related questions. The number is 877-215-8336. The call center has the capability to connect callers to Spanish-speaking interpreters.You can also contact the Tulsa Health Department during normal business hours with COVID-19 related questions at 918-582-WELL (9355).

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