Update (11 a.m. Friday): The state health department has 37 cases under investigation for possible COVID-19 infection. Previous testing on 36 Oklahomans has turned up negative for the condition caused by coronavirus.


The story below appears as it published in Friday's Tulsa World:

The first person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Tulsa County has made a full recovery, according to a Facebook post from the Tulsa Health Department. 

The man, a Tulsa County resident who had traveled to Italy, was announced as Oklahoma's first COVID-19 patient on March 6. Since then, he has tested negative for the virus twice, the Tulsa Health Department reported. Two negative tests is the standard indicator for recovery, according to the post. 

After returning via Tulsa International Airport on Feb. 23, the man developed symptoms Feb. 29 and self-quarantined himself before tests were confirmed. 

The news comes the same day the state announced a third case of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. The newest patient is a U.S. Air Force airman who had returned to Altus Air Force Base after being on  leave in Seattle earlier this month.

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Stetson covers breaking news, general assignment and other stories. He previously worked at the Enterprise-Journal in Mississippi. He is from Broken Arrow and graduated with a journalism degree from Oklahoma State University. Phone: 918-581-8466

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