Government , Health

Outlook grim as White House reveals model showing the sweep of COVID-19

Photo caption: A chart by IHME shows hospital resource use based on COVID-19 deaths in Oklahoma. Screenshot/Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

President Donald Trump held a White House press briefing on March 31 and unveiled the dire predictions for the United States and how the coronavirus will sweep across the country.

Using statistical data and various models to deliver the message, the president and his health experts extended social distancing guidelines to April 30. A model was also unveiled by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation that predicts the approximate date when the virus will hit states hardest. Oklahoma’s due date, April 21.

According to a March 30 report from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma’s COVID-19 status showed 481 patients tested positive, 153 patients are hospitalized, 103 patients are in ICU and there were 17 deaths. On March 31, the number of patients who tested positive increased to 565, and the deaths increased to 23.

Oklahoma has 17,165 COVID-19 collection kits available for use at hospitals to collect specimens for testing. The March 30 report also lists the testing labs in the state, the statistics of beds available for ICU, hospital occupancy status, and more.

One grim statistic, Oklahoma currently has 1,076 ventilators, of which 754 are already in use. Ventilators are key to treating COVID-19. The report does not list which hospitals have ventilators and which hospitals do not.

In a letter sent Monday, March 30, by OSDH Commissioner of Health Gary Cox to private laboratories in the state, he urged all labs to report all positive COVID-19 test results and negative COVID-19 test results daily. This would ensure the OSDH has the full picture of the virus’s impact in Oklahoma. The Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center uses a private laboratory.

“In the past month, the state has expanded its public-private partnerships with multiple labs to process COVID-19 tests, and we appreciate how these partnerships have resulted in quicker insight to the number of positive cases throughout Oklahoma,” Cox said in a news release.

In the letter, Cox reminded private labs that a failure to report COVID-19 testing results to the OSDH is subject to civil and criminal penalties.

Statewide order

Unlike other states hit hard by COVID-19, such as New York, California and Louisiana, Gov. Kevin Stitt has not implemented a Stay at Home order. He has not implemented an order to close non-essential services and has not limited travel.

Stitt has issued the following statewide order:

  • “Safer at Home” order for adults over the age of 65 and vulnerable individuals with serious underlying medical conditions.
  • Gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people.
  • Visitations to nursing homes and long-term care facilities are prohibited.
  • All elective surgeries, minor medical procedures and non-emergency dental procedures are postponed until April 7, 2020.

Stitt issued an amended Executive Order on March 24 that provides for the following measures in counties with community spread:

  • Requires restaurants in Oklahoma counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases to provide take-out and delivery options only and closes all bars in those counties.
  • Closes all businesses not identified as being within a critical infrastructure sector, such as gyms, salons, massage parlors and movie theaters, where counties have community spread effective March 25 at 11:59 PM through April 15. Federal guidance on the essential critical infrastructure workforce can be found here: Additions may be added by Executive Order or memorandum.

If you feel you are currently having an emergency, call 911. If you are concerned about COVID-19 and have questions, please contact the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 877-215-8336 or contact the Osage Nation Health Services Coronavirus Hotline at (918) 287-0028.

Below is a list of Healthcare Providers in and around Osage County. Call your doctor before visiting if you suspect you may have COVID-19.

Pawhuska Hospital Inc
Open 24 hours
Emergency Room Open 24 hours
1101 E. 15th St.
Pawhuska, OK 74056
(918) 287-3232 

WahZhaZhi Health Center
7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
715 Grandview
Pawhuska, OK 74056
(918) 287-9300 

Osage County Health Department
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1115 E. 15th St.
Pawhuska, OK 74056
(918) 287-3740 

Pawhuska Family Medical Clinic
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1109 E. 15th St.
Pawhuska, OK 74056
(918) 287-5151 

St. John Clinic
701 Leahy Ave.
Pawhuska, OK 74056
(918) 287-1310 

Fairfax Community Hospital
40 Hospital Road
Fairfax, OK 74056
(918) 642-3291 

Cleveland Area Hospital
Open 24 hours
Emergency Room Open 24 hours
1401 W. Pawnee St.
Cleveland, OK 74020
(918) 358-2501 

Jane Phillips Medical Center
Open 24 hours
Emergency Room Open 24 hours
3500 SE Frank Phillips Blvd.
Bartlesville, OK 74006 

Alliance Health Ponca City
Open 24 hours
Emergency Room Open 24 hours
1900 N. 14th St.
Ponca City, OK 74601
(580) 765-3321