Seven more virus-related deaths and 2,200 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since Sunday, according to daily figures released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
A total of 197,745 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of virus-related deaths has risen to 1,743, the state’s health department said on Monday.
A man aged 65 or older has died in Oklahoma County. A man aged 65 or older has died in Tulsa County. A man aged 65 or over has died in Creek County.
A woman aged 65 or older has died in Okmulgee County. A woman aged 65 or over has died in Pawnee County. A man aged 65 or over has died in Rogers County. A woman aged 65 or over has died in Stephens County.
The health department said 32,275 cases are considered active in the state.
A total of 12,258 Oklahomans have been hospitalized with the virus.
So far, 163,727 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus and an additional 1,772 cases considered recovered since Sunday. Health officials have said that cured means the patient is not hospitalized or has died and 14 days have passed since symptoms or report first appeared.
As of Wednesday evening, 1,873,468 tests have returned negative since testing began in February.
Click here to view the state’s COVID-19 data.
As cases and hospitalizations continued to climb, Gov. Kevin Stitt launched new actions to help fight the spread.
On Thursday, November 19, bars and restaurants will close at 11 p.m. for in-person service and tables will need to be spaced six feet apart or dividers will need to be used.
A mask warrant has been issued for state employees and for those wishing to gain access to state buildings.
The state’s health department corrected the daily total from November 7 to November 8 and chose not to release new daily COVID-19 totals from Saturday to Sunday.
Health officials said it had removed duplicate cases from the total, but the total number only dropped from 4,741 to 4,507, a drop from 234.
On November 8, the state’s health commissioner, Dr Lance Frye, released the following statement:
“Today’s individual case number, 4,507, is a corrected version of yesterday’s number with all duplicate cases removed. Today we will not be releasing a new daily case number, which will allow to our data reporting system to catch up and ensure that duplicates are removed from the daily count. before publication. As of tomorrow, the published daily number will not include any duplicates. We are committed to providing the public and media accurate and transparent data, which will ensure that the daily count reflects the actual number of cases. We will continue to report the 7-day average, the percentage of positivity and hospitalizations in addition to the daily count to give a more complete picture trends. We have no reason to believe our revised figure is an anomaly, but rather shows the community is spreading. We continue to urge all Oklahomians to take to the series ux this highly contagious virus and to act immediately to avoid large gatherings, wear a mask, wash your hands and watch others distance. Together, we can reduce these numbers and protect our friends, family and neighbors. “
Stitt released a statement Nov. 7 and called on Oklahomans to “do the right thing” and follow CDC guidelines – practice social distancing, wear a face mask, and wash their hands regularly – to help slow the spread .
On September 8, the state’s health department said it had started the transition to include antigen test results in the state’s data collection and reporting system. A positive antigen test result is considered a “probable” case, while a positive molecular test result is considered a “confirmed” case.
The antigen test is a quick test that can be done in less than an hour. Molecular tests usually take days before results are available.
On July 15, Stitt said he had tested positive for COVID-19, making him the first governor in the country to test positive for the virus. He has since posted video updates regarding his health and quarantine.
Oklahoma reported its first child death from the virus on July 12. The child was the 13-year-old daughter of a soldier stationed at Fort Sill.
Shortly after the girl’s death was reported, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister recommended that all Oklahomans wear face masks to allow schools to reopen safely in the fall.
On June 30, Stitt wore a face mask and “strongly encouraged” Oklahomans to follow CDC guidelines for face masks.
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On April 28, Stitt said anyone wishing to take a COVID-19 test could do so even if they were not showing symptoms.
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The state’s health department is advising anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 such as shortness of breath, fever, or cough to stay home and limit person-to-person engagement.
Previous day: 1,721 new COVID-19 cases, 19 additional virus-linked deaths reported, public health officials say
The state’s coronavirus hotline is 877-215-8336 or 211. For a list of coronavirus (COVID-19) links and resources, click here.