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Oklahoma is ranked 5th in the nation for COVID-19 cases

Oklahoma is ranked 5th in the nation for COVID-19 cases

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This past week, cases of COVID-19 cases jumped by 24 in Skiatook with 39 active cases. Sperry added 16 new cases and has 16 active cases. There are 10,493 active cases in the state and 3,936,444 in the country as of September 18, 2020.

Oklahoma is 5th in the nation COVID positivity and 5th in new cases according to the latest Coronaviruus Task Force report. The reports puts Oklahoma in the red zone for the 10th straight week.

The total number of confirmed cases in Skiatook has risen to 299 as of September 18, up from 275 a week ago. 260 have recovered. There number of deaths remains at 8.

Sperry has 103 cases, up from 96 last week with 87 recovered and two deaths. Owasso has 769 confirmed cases, up 69 cases from last week.

Osage County has 766 confirmed cases, up from 724 last week, 13 deaths and 688 who have recovered. Tulsa County has 15,794, up from 14,891 last week, 152 deaths and 14,162 recovered.

Across the state of Oklahoma 74,567 cases have been reported, up from last week’s 67,642. There have been 939 deaths and 63,135 recovered. The rise in cases day over day is around 1.7% There are currently 516 people hospitalized.

The United States has topped six and a half million cases with 6,674,411 and 197,633 deaths.

The Tulsa Health Department recommends parents of children returning to in-person learning to plan for possible school and/or classroom closures for quarantine. The best practices is to follow CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of your student as well as the faculty and staff at your child’s school.

According to the data, COVID-19 is still widespread across Tulsa County. If multiple children or school staff within a school test positive for COVID-19, the school could possibly close. Similarly, if a close contact of your child (within or outside of school) tests positive for COVID-19, your child may need to stay home for a 2-week quarantine period. Parents may need to consider the feasibility of teleworking, taking leave from work, or identifying someone who can supervise your child in the event of school building closures or quarantine.

COVID-19 Prevention, Mitigation and Isolation Recommendations

Don’t send your children to school if they are sick.

If you’re waiting on a test result for your child, particularly if your child is sick or has been exposed to another positive case, you must isolate your child at home until the test result comes back negative. The Tulsa Health Department continues to provide testing by appointment only.

If a parent or other household member has been tested for COVID-19, and is awaiting results, keep your child home from school until the household member receives the results of their test.

If your child has been exposed to a positive case, within or outside of school, they still must quarantine for 14 days (even if they receive a negative test).

If the child’s test result comes back positive, do not send the child to school, even if the child has no symptoms. The child must be isolated at home (an adult must be present at home with a young child who is isolated) for at least 10 days (from the date they were tested). Even after the 10 days, the child must be fever free for at least 24 hours and have improved symptoms.

If you have received a positive result from a lab, do not wait on a contact tracer to call you. You must isolate at home.

Parents may need to consider the feasibility of teleworking, taking leave from work, or identifying someone who can supervise your child in the event of school building closures or quarantine.

For more information, please call the Tulsa Health Department at 918-582-9355 or visit www.tulsa-health.org/COVID19.

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E-mail lindsey.chastain@skiatookjournal.com

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Managing Editor

Lindsey is the managing editor for the Skiatook Journal. She holds an M.A in English from the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to the start of her news career in 2011, Chastain was a professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma.

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