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COVID-19: A Look At Oklahoma By The Numbers

Mairead Todd / KOSU
A mobile emergency room in the parking lot of OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Oklahoma has a better picture of the preparedness of local hospitals, how much testing is being done and how much of the state’s healthcare capacity that is currently being used.

In a press release about the number of coronavirus tests performed by private labs since February, the Oklahoma State Department of Health released the Governor’s status report.

This report appears to be the dashboard referenced by Governor Kevin Stitt in recent media briefings. Stitt said the report would be a complete assessment of the state’s hospital, personal protective equipment and testing capacity. He also promised greater transparency regarding outbreaks in vulnerable populations such as those living in long-term care facilities.

The state’s capacity assessment as of April 6, 2020, with 84 percent of hospitals reporting shows the following:

  • 46% of Oklahoma’s ICU capacity is available. This is 385 of 840 ICU beds still available.
  • 75% of the state’s ventilator supply is available. This is 770 of 1,022 ventilators.
  • Of the 1,327 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, 754 are considered active. The others are either deceased or have recovered from the disease.
  • Of the 340 people admitted for COVID-19, 161 are currently in the hospital, and 104 are in ICU.
  • 13 of the 51 people (25.5%) who have died of the coronavirus in Oklahoma were residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities.
  • 12.5% of patients worked in direct patient healthcare.
  • 276 people currently in the hospital are considered under investigation for COVID-19. 82 of those people were in ICU.
  • 378 people were seen in hospitals in the previous 24 hours and are now in self-quarantine.
  • 58.8% of people who died had at least one comorbidity, such as heart disease, diabetes, circulatory disease or renal failure.
  • The average age of a person hospitalized for COVID-19 is 65.3 years. The average age of a person who tested positive but was not hospitalized is 49.8 years.

While the state as a whole has an average of 10.3 days of personal protective equipment, the supply for individual hospitals varies widely. For acute hospitals in Oklahoma County, the median stock is enough to last for 4.5 days. For acute hospitals in Tulsa County, the supply is enough for 10 days.
The report also includes an extensive assessment of the state’s testing capacity. Between public and private labs, 34,153 tests are currently available. To date, 13,148 people have been tested. This is much higher than numbers previously reported.

According to a release from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the lack of data was due to private labs not reporting negative test results. While the report admits some data is still missing, 38,990 tests are on order, and 13,148 tests have been completed. Of those, 1,331 were positive for COVID-19.

Find the full report here.

Rachel Hubbard serves as KOSU's executive director.
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