COVID-19 coronavirus in Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is canceling all visitation and all volunteer access to facilities effective at 6 p.m. today. This decision was made to keep staff, inmates and volunteers safe from the spread of COVID-19 inside the facilities.

DOC says they are taking several proactive preventative steps, including screening all new inmate arrivals for symptoms of COVID-19 and suspending all inmate security movements, with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis.

More businesses in Oklahoma are canceling public events due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

The first person to test positive for the coronavirus in Oklahoma has recovered.

According to the Tulsa Health Department, the man in his 50s who had recently returned from a visit to Italy has had two negative tests – an indicator of recovery.

Two other Oklahomans have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 since the first confirmed case was announced last week.

State officials are urging people to stay away from sick patients, frequently wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.


County health departments do not have the ability to test for COVID-19 according to a statement released Thursday by the Oklahoma Health Department. In an earlier press conference, Gary Cox, director of the the Oklahoma Health Department said the state only has the ability to test 100 people per day.

Oklahoma's health agency issued the following advice if people suspect they have the virus:

Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

Even though there are just three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, state leaders are suggesting that school districts stay vigilant and be prepped for a potential closure.

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Gov. Kevin Stitt and State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister urged school district leaders to take caution and use “common sense.”

Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma