Officials from the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced the first positive test for COVID-19 on Wednesday morning. Carter County Health Department Regional Director Mendy Spohn said the fact the virus is confirmed in the county means it is spreading locally and several others are already likely to be infected. She stressed the importance of social distancing and personal hygiene.


The positive confirmation also means Carter County now falls under yesterday’s executive order from Gov. Stitt that will require all restaurants to provide take-out and delivery options only and closes all bars. The order also closes all businesses that do not fall within critical infrastructure such as gyms, salons, massage parlors and movie theaters through April 15.


For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 within the state of Oklahoma visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov. The site is updated daily at 11 a.m. with the latest facts and statistics.


The Department of Health advises that anyone concerned about possible exposure or symptoms should call the Coronavirus Call Center at 877-215-8336 or 2-1-1. If symptoms become severe or do not respond to over-the-counter treatments, people should contact their doctor by phone for further instructions.