Texas County Confirms 65 New Positive COVID-19 Test Results

Joe Denoyer - May 15, 2020 2:25 pm

County Total at 606 Cases, 4 Deaths, 281 Recovered

By Miranda Gilbert

Emergency Management PIO

Texas County remains the COVID-19 “hot spot” in the State of Oklahoma and various local, state, and federal agencies are working to strategically manage the ongoing community outbreak. Residents are strongly encouraged to remain home during the outbreak, practice social distancing, and wear a face covering in public to help slow the spread until more residents can be tested and quarantined.

Texas County confirmed 65 more positive COVID-19 tests on Friday, May 15. The new positive results are for 54 Guymon residents, five Hooker residents, two Goodwell residents, two Tyrone residents, one Optima resident, and one Hardesty resident. No other details in confirmed cases were released.

Guymon ranks third amongst Oklahoma cities and towns with 487 confirmed cases. Of those cases, 209 have recovered. Hooker now ranks 15th in the state with 64 confirmed cases and 47 recovered. Oklahoma City has the most cases in the state and added 21 new cases today putting them at 808 confirmed cases with 602 recovered. Tulsa added eight new cases today and is at 517 with 427 recovered.

Texas County remains third in the state for total confirmed cases. Of all Texas County’s 606 cases, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is reporting 281 recovered. Oklahoma County’s total confirmed cases are at 1035 with 795 recovered, and Tulsa County is reporting 752 total cases with 627 recovered.

Testing of the local Seaboard Foods plant has been underway this week and another large county-wide testing day is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, as a drive-through medical service at the Texas County Activity Center from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This testing site is provided by the Texas County Health Department and tests will be free of charge. With the increased testing, and some testing delays, officials expect the spike in confirmed cases to last the next two weeks.

For more data on confirmed COVID-19 cases visit the state’s website www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov. OSDH is not reporting hospitalizations for our county COVID-19 cases.

An investigation into any positive result is standard and all persons in close contact with the person will be notified by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and advised of quarantine and testing procedure.

COVID-19 case counts in each Texas County town with positives include:

Cities COVID-19 Cases

Guymon 487

Hooker 64

Tyrone 13

Optima 6

Goodwell 9

Texhoma 21

Hardesty 2

Adams 1

Unspecified 3

All residents are encouraged to execute safety guidelines as advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and stay safe at home. If leaving the home for a necessary trip, wear a face covering. Avoid touching your face. Always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water when returning home, and again after you put away groceries.

Residents should seek testing when experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. The three main symptoms include a fever, shortness of breath, and coughing but not all of these are always present. Those experiencing symptoms are advised to self-quarantine and monitor symptoms daily. Drive-Through testing is offered for FREE by the Texas County Health Department Monday through Thursday for individuals with at least one COVID-19 symptom present, but an appointment is required. Appointments are available by calling TCHD at 580-338-8544. Additional testing is offered by Specialty Clinics of St. Anne’s, Internal Medicine, Xpress Urgent Care, and Memorial Hospital of Texas County.

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