Health

COVID-19 Update as of July 19, 2020

Photo caption: Image by Oklahoma State Department of Health

The Osage News is providing a weekly summary of COVID-19 data compiled by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

According to the OSDH, Oklahoma has a total of 25,265 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. This is an increase of 5,030 individuals in the past week. The OSDH also reports Osage County has had its first death from COVID-19 since March.

The OSDH also responded to delays in the processing and reporting of COVID-19 test results and Travis Kirkpatrick, Deputy Commissioner of Prevention and Preparedness, said that health officials throughout the country are dealing with outdated data systems and are often dependent on fax machines and manual data entry.

“We have needed a technical solution since well before the pandemic,” Kirkpatrick said. “The backlog we’ve experienced as the state has increased its testing capability has given us the opportunity to incorporate immediate fixes while moving towards developing a permanent solution.”

The health department has established contracts with in-state laboratories that require a mandatory turnaround time of 48 to 72 hours from receipt of a COVID-19 testing specimen. Currently, approximately 25% of the state’s COVID-19 testing occurs at county health department testing sites, according to Kirkpatrick.

As of July 19, 451 individuals have died, which is an increase of 29 deaths in the state this past week. Osage County has a total of 9 deaths since March and a total of 199 recoveries. 

The OSDH provides free COVID-19 testing at 80 locations throughout Oklahoma and encourages everyone to get tested. An interactive map of testing sites can be found by clicking here.

The News has pulled data to reflect the situation of the virus spread within Osage County, its towns and surrounding cities frequented by Osage County residents, such as Tulsa, Ponca City and Bartlesville. 

Below is data from the latest OSDH COVID-19 Report as of July 19, 2020.

Confirmed active cases by City as of July 19, 2020
Tulsa – 876                  +138 cases in past week

Owasso – 55                +15 cases in past week
Bartlesville – 24           -3 cases in past week
Ponca City – 22           +6 cases in past week
Skiatook – 15              +6 cases in past week
Hominy – 10                +5 cases in past week
Sperry – 9                    +2 cases in past wee
Cleveland – 4              no change
Barnsdall – 4               +1 case in past week
Pawhuska – 3              +3 cases in past week
Fairfax – 1                   +1 case in past week

Deaths by City as of July 19, 2020
Tulsa – 62                    +3 deaths in past week          

Bartlesville – 37          no change                  
Skiatook – 7                no change      
Ponca City – 7             +1 death in past week
Cleveland – 3             no change      
Barnsdall – 2               no change
Owasso – 2                  +1 death in past week
Sperry – 1                    +1 death in past week
Pawhuska – 0              no change
Hominy – 0                  no change
Fairfax – 0                   no change

Oklahoma Total Cases by Race as of July 19, 2020
White – 56.26%

Unknown – 19.09%
Black or African American – 7.42%
American Indian or Alaska Native – 7.16%
Asian or Pacific Islander alone – 6.05%
Multiple Races/Other – 4.02%

Oklahoma Total Cases by Age Group
18-35               36.53%

36-49               21.86%
50-64               17.47%
65+                  14.22%
05-17               7.73%
00-04               2.18%

To view more data for the state of Oklahoma, visit: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/