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Tulsa pastor first person to die of coronavirus in Oklahoma

A Tulsa pastor with no known underlying health problems is the first person to die from COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

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A Tulsa pastor with no known underlying health problems is the first person to die from the coronavirus in Oklahoma.

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Merle Dry, 55, worked for Metro Pentecostal Church for more than 20 years before his death.

Metro Pentecostal Church said Dry was in good health before he died. He was fighting a cold before he contracted the virus on Tuesday, according to the church. He caught pneumonia as a complication from COVID-19 and passed away on Wednesday.

Don Martin, senior pastor at Metro Pentecostal Church, confirmed the man's identity to KTUL.

Martin said Dry had a big impact on the area. Dry was not at church the Sunday before he died, but he was there the week before. He was not in the main area of the church building.

Dry's wife, Carrie, is a teacher at Edison Preparatory School. She and their two children, 22-year-old Jesse and 17-year-old Pamela, are being quarantined at this time.

The Oklahoma State Health Department confirmed Dry tested positive on Tuesday and passed away Wednesday.