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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State health department put to the test

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Oklahoma's coronavirus examination capabilities were put to their own test on Wednesday.

After 58 people related to the Utah Jazz were tested for coronavirus on Wednesday night, state health officials issued warnings and assurances at a news conference inside the state Capitol on Thursday afternoon.

"The situation with COVID-19 in Oklahoma continues to progress," Gov. Kevin Stitt said. "The state of Oklahoma remains calm, steady and proactive in our response.

"Currently, Oklahoma has three confirmed cases of COVID-19 but at this time there is no sign of community spread whatsoever."

All members of the Jazz team, coaching staff, team personnel and even Utah-area media members were tested for the coronavirus, which has infected more than 1,200 people in the United States and killed 36 others, after it was discovered that a member of the team tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

Oklahoma health officials say they have tested nearly 100 individuals for the disease — the figure includes the 58 people associated with the Utah Jazz.

Last week, Stitt and state health officials announced the first positive test result of coronavirus in Oklahoma. They also announced the state now has the ability to process its own tests for the disease, instead of sending all samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Altus Air Force Base announced Thursday that an active-duty airman stationed there was undergoing evaluation and treatment following a presumptive positive test for the new coronavirus, the third known case in Oklahoma. The base upgraded its Health Protection Condition to reflect a moderate disease threat posed by COVID-19 and the risk of exposure to personnel, the base said in a statement posted to its Facebook page.

Of Oklahomans tested, a Tulsa-area man in his 50s remains the only confirmed positive. Two others, a woman from Tulsa and the airman from Altus are presumptive positive as their tests are sent to the CDC in Atlanta for confirmation.

Four people remain under investigation for the disease while 36 others have been cleared.

Utah jazz center Rudy Gobert also tested positive for the disease while in Oklahoma City. Gobert was tested by the Oklahoma State Department of Health on Wednesday afternoon and the agency had a positive confirmation of coronavirus by 6:45 p.m., 15 minutes before the start of the Thunder versus Jazz game. The game was canceled.

While Gobert did not enter Chesapeake Energy Arena, his teammate Donovan Mitchell did. Mitchell later tested positive for the virus, as well. Mitchell had also spent part of his time in Oklahoma visiting Del City High School where he met with that school's basketball team. Gobert and Mitchell count toward Utah's coronavirus numbers and not Oklahoma.

State Epidemiologist Laurence Burnsed said while Mitchell tested positive for coronavirus, he was not considered highly contagious because he had not begun showing symptoms.

“A person is most infectious when they are actually showing signs of illness — fever, cough, sore throat," he said. "We are talking about something that even when you are confirmed and infectious, you’re still talking about close personal contacts that are at greater risk of exposure.

“Just having the casual contact for a limited period of time, such as shooting hoops with a couple of players, would not put them at an elevated risk of exposure.”

State Health Commissioner Gary Cox echoed those sentiments, saying anyone attending the Thunder game on Wednesday night was not considered to be at a high risk of contracting the disease.

“All who attended the game last night are not at risk,” Cox said. “If you are concerned, we encourage individuals to contact their health care provider or local health department for guidance.”

The Oklahoma State Health Department has set up a hotline for people with questions about coronavirus and urges people to call 877-215-8336 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Burnsed said 250 tests remain available to the state health lab for testing future samples of COVID-19.

The state can order more tests from the CDC as needed. At this time, county health departments are not offering testing for COVID-19.

The state Health Department urges people to discuss symptoms with their health care provider who will work with public health officials to determine if a person warrants further testing.

As of now, state health officials say they are still looking for coronavirus patients to meet the symptom requirements such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or has recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Burnsed said while the collection of a sample for testing is simple — a simple nasal or oral swab — the technological requirements to test that sample are not.

“It’s a molecular test,” Burnsed said. “You need advanced equipment, you need advanced protocols, you need the right reagents to do this, and that sort of higher capacity level is only limited essentially to your larger clinical laboratories, major hospitals, your state public health laboratories and research laboratories.”

Cox said two more commercially run laboratories are expected to be up and running within the next week to help facilitate more testing. Those labs, operated by Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, will be able to coordinate collections of samples from hospitals.

"There’s going to be a need for additional scale of testing throughout the country," Burnsed said. "That’s where we know that commercial laboratories are going to be beneficial. If a clinician is concerned about their patients and wants to order tests, then that’s where a commercial laboratory can certainly be a benefit."

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Yukon High School's John Paul Esparza takes down parking signs Thursday at the school, where signs on the doors announce the cancellation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoffs there. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

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[Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A student leaves Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A student leaves Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c85823bd14cc0b58a8bebd57660e5ed7.jpg" alt="Photo - A school bus passes Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. 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[Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0a0223dadfc0268c621f138c754656ea.jpg" alt="Photo - Signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b74c867a1ef18a049872417663c1f293.jpg" alt="Photo - Yukon High School's John Paul Esparza takes down parking signs as he goes through the doors where signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. 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