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COVID-19 in Oklahoma: 2,184 Confirmed Cases, 108 Now Dead

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Tuesday 115 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths.

There are now 2,184 Oklahomans known to have been infected with the coronavirus, and 108 have died. Since the first case was announced March 6, 488 people have been hospitalized.

Adults age 65 or older in Tulsa, Mayes, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Rogers, Wagoner, Washington and Osage counties accounted for seven of the eight deaths reported Tuesday. The eighth death was a Major County woman between 18 and 35 years old.

According to statistics released late Monday, the average age of those killed by COVID-19 is 73 years old. Men are more likely to die from the illness than women.

Based on known cases, the overall COVID-19 fatality rate in Oklahoma is nearly 5%. Among those 65 and older, however, the fatality rate is 12%. It drops to roughly 2.5% for 50- to 64-year-olds.

Tulsa County had 23 new cases reported Tuesday, bringing its total to 358 cases and 19 dead. Oklahoma County still leads the state with 474 cases and 19 dead.

As of Monday afternoon, 16 percent of identified cases of COVID-19 were among nursing home residents or staff, and 25% of deaths were in long-term care facilities.

The state health department has established a task force, including nurses and epidemiologists, to work with long-term care facilities through onsite consultation, assessment and training to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The agency is distributing shipments of personal protective equipment to those facilities.

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