Monday, April 27, 2020

Health Department Still Testing for COVID-19

As Sequoyah County recorded its third COVID-19 death late last week, the Health Department says that even if the state hasn’t reached the peak of coronavirus cases, the numbers should starting dropping soon.

Mandi Collins, the public information officer for the Health Department, said Monday that there are currently 3,280 positive cases of the virus, along with 197 deaths, including the most recent case, which was a person in their 60s with underlying health conditions. Sequoyah County has 12 current cases.

Last week, Collins said, the Sequoyah County Health Department tested 11 people, and the department averages about two to three tests per day.

As Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced the easing of COVID-19 restrictions last week, including the opening of hair salons and other personal service businesses. Restaurants will begin opening this week for in-person dining, but with strict health guidelines, such as separating dining tables, in place. 

Collins said with the easing of COVID-19 limitations, positive cases could begin to climb again if “the public doesn’t follow guidelines” like wearing masks and frequent hand washing. 

The Health Department has not received any antibody tests, which will indicate whether a person has been exposed and recovered from COVID-19.

If you are having symptoms such as shortness of breath and a dry cough and want to be tested, residents are asked to call the Health Department at (918) 775-2021. You will be screened and scheduled for a testing appointment.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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