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Another 16 Die from COVID-19, Oklahoma Cases Nearing 1,500

Oklahoma State Department of Health

With another 16 deaths reported Tuesday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, COVID-19 has now killed 67 Oklahomans since March 19.

Six of the deaths reported Tuesday were in Tulsa County: a man in his 20s, a woman between 50 and 64 years old, and three women and a man older than 65. Tulsa County now has 14 COVID-19 deaths, the most in the state.

The illness has put 376 Oklahomans in the hospital so far.

There were 145 new cases reported Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 1,472. There are just 16 counties left without reported cases of COVID-19.

Oklahoma County continues to lead the state in reported cases with 303. Tulsa County reported 24 new cases Tuesday, bringing its total to 273. Cleveland County has 203 cases.

State health department officials said they are working on processing a backlog of negative test results recently reported by private labs in the state. According to their figures, more than 13,000 Oklahomans have been tested for COVID-19.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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