Oklahoma is under a “safer at home” order as the state faces a large surge in positive COVID-19 case results.
The state had recorded 248 cases, as of 7 a.m. Thursday. The number in Kay County, just south of Cowley County, more than doubled to 11 from five the previous day.
In Kansas, 168 COVID-19 illnesses were confirmed as of 11 a.m., including one in Sumner County, which goes under aa stay-at-home order starting after midnight.
The Kansas statewide total increased by 33 percent over Wednesday. Cowley County still showed no positive tests. Neighboring Sedgwick County went from 11 to 16.
The virus was found in three additional counties, Riley (1), Shawnee (4) and Sumner (1). The 168 total does not include three presumptive positive cases — 2 in Crawford County and 1 in Douglass County.
Statewide, 5.5 percent of the cases tested have come up positive.
In a Facebook post, the Kay County Department of Health said the statewide increases are likely linked to more tests being done.
The statement did not provide details on any of the new Kay County cases.
The safer at home order applies to vulnerable residents who are 65 or older, nursing or long-term care residents, people with chronic lung disease or moderate-to-severe asthma, people with serious heart conditions, people immunocompromised including cancer treatments, people of any age with severe obesity or any underlying medical conditions.
Non-essential businesses in counties with confirmed cases were ordered to cease operations starting yesterday. Details on what qualifies as an essential business can be found here.
“With the number of cases rising each day, the (Oklahoma State Department of Health) urges the public to follow the Governor's ‘Safer at Home’ executive order advising vulnerable populations and those over the age of 65 to stay home until April 30 and for non-essential businesses in counties with COVID-19 cases to temporarily suspend services until April 30,” the county health department stated. “The CDC also recommends the public to stay home, practice social distancing, hand washing, and specifically for those who are sick to isolate for up to 14 days.”
The single day increase marked the second day of a 50 percent jump in confirmed cases in Oklahoma.
The following is a breakdown by county in Kansas:
* includes presumptive positive cases not in the official state total