No COVID-19 Deaths Reported In Oklahoma For 2nd Day


Monday, May 18th 2020, 9:39 pm
By: Clayton Cummins


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Monday marks the second day in a row where no deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Oklahoma. 

While good news, health officials urge this isn’t the time to let your guard down as there are still several hotspots that has the attention of the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

“We are really starting to see that the actions of Oklahomans are starting to pay off right now,” said Shelley Zumwalt, Oklahoma State Department of Health spokesperson.

Infection rates statewide are slowing too but health officials still urge the public to continue preventative measures.

“As we are opening up the state, we need to be careful and wear masks and use that six feet distance,” said Zumwalt. “Don’t touch your face, wash your hands, all of that is still important in this slowly measured reopening that we are doing.”

The state is actively monitoring hotpots in Oklahoma, Tulsa and Texas counties.

In Guymon over 100 employees tested positive for COVID-19 at Seaboard Foods, a pork processing plant.

“We’re sending the state epidemiologist on the road to different places to make sure that we can evaluate and be helpful to any of the facilities that see an outbreak,” said Zumwalt.

COVID-19’s spread and death rates within long term care facilities are declining. The state crediting its STRIKE Teams for that.

“We’re in a space where we want to take it one step at a time,” said Zumwalt.

News 9 has learned the state is responding to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Comanche County Detention Center.

Numbers have yet to be released.

State health officials encourage any member of the public to get tested for COVID-19 if he/she wishes.