By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Tulsa, OK health officials reported Friday one positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tulsa County.

Oklahoma/ National Atlas of the United States

This is the first confirmed case in the state of Oklahoma. This case, a male in his 50s, is travel-related with travel history to Italy. Italy is a Level 3 Travel Health Notice country.  At this time, there is no evidence of community spread.

The Tulsa Health Department (THD) is at the beginning stages of this investigation and new details and information will emerge over the next days and weeks. THD’s epidemiologists and emergency preparedness program are working hard to identify close contacts of this confirmed case.

“Infection control and isolation protocols are already in place to prevent the spread of illness in Oklahoma,” said Executive Director Dr. Bruce Dart.  “Our dedicated team of epidemiologists and emergency preparedness and response staff routinely operate under these protocols to prevent the spread of illness in Tulsa County. Our response plans are robust and scalable, and we are prepared to protect the health of our community residents.”

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