Thursday, April 9, 2020

Sequoyah County Has Second COVID-19 Death; Local Testing Continues

Sequoyah County Health Dept. began drive-thru 
testing for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Another Sequoyah County resident has died because of the coronavirus, a health department official said Wednesday, bringing the county’s deaths from COVID-19 to two. The latest death is expected to show up on the state's count and website within 24-48 hours. 

Jill Larcade, regional director of the Sequoyah County Health Department, said the male victim was over age 65 and had underlying health conditions. His name was not released.

The most recent COVID-19 death in Sequoyah County underscores the need for testing throughout the state and the county Health Department is doing its best to meet that need with drive-through testing that began Wednesday and will continue for until further notice.

Larcade said workers tested 31 patients Wednesday and that the Health Department will “continue on and keep testing as many as we can.” The Health Department is planning to host testing all next week, she said.

There are a total of 1,524 COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma, according to the latest Oklahoma State Health Dept. figures.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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