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OSDH: 11 Cases Pending for Coronavirus in Oklahoma

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Posted at 12:10 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 13:14:32-04

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, there are 11 people "under investigation pending results" for the coronavirus in Oklahoma.

This comes after the second case of coronavirus was confirmed in Oklahoma on Tuesday, according to Tulsa Health Department's Facebook page.

OSDH's chart, showing the COVID-19, better known as coronavirus, Oklahoma test results, shows that currently there is one "confirmed positive" case and one "presumptive positive" case, both out of Tulsa County, with 15 negative test results and 11 people under investigation pending test results.

On Tuesday, the Tulsa Health Department announced the second coronavirus case in Tulsa County as "presumptive positive".

The new positive case is a woman in her 20s, officials say, with a history of traveling to Italy.

On March 6, during a press conference, officials announced the first confirmed case in Oklahoma was in Tulsa County.

The individual, a man in his 50s, recently traveled to Italy, officials said. The man arrived in Tulsa on Feb. 23 and became sick on Feb. 29.

There is no evidence of community spread and the risk to the public is low, officials said.

Officials say they are working with partners across the state and Tulsa Health Department, and others, to make sure they are monitoring travelers.

Officials say they have opened the state laboratory and testing as the need arises.

With spring break approaching, officials encourage travelers to be aware of destinations.

Tulsa Health Department has established a call center that Tulsans can call at 918-582-9355. The center is open through 7 p.m.

Public health officials are urging citizens practice common infection control measures like hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when individuals feel sick.

The CDC advises against all non-essential travel to China, South Korea, Italy and Iran.

Travelers returning from these countries should self-isolate for 14 days and report any signs and symptoms to a health care provider. All cruise travel to and within Asia should be avoided.

Officials say symptoms of the COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

If you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread and you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call the Tulsa Health Department 918-582-WELL (9355) or your health care provider for recommendations.

Click here for the Oklahoma State Department of Health's coronavirus website.

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