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More than 120 New Cases of COVID-19 Push Oklahoma Past 3,000

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 123 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state's total number of cases to 3,017.

The increase in cases was 41% higher than the day before, when 87 new infections were reported.

The health department also reported nine new deaths, with six in the past day. Eight people were 65 or older, and the ninth was in the 50- to 64-year-old age group.

Tulsa and Cleveland county both have 26 COVID-19 deaths. Oklahoma County has 25.

Since March 18, 179 Oklahomans are known to have died from COVID-19. As of Thursday, 85 had died from the flu since Sept. 1.

Over the course of the pandemic, 622 people have been hospitalized. The state health department says 284 are currently hospitalized.

Oklahoma, Tulsa and Cleveland counties continue to lead the state in the total number of cases. Oklahoma County has 634, Tulsa 454 and Cleveland 388. Washington County has the fourth-highest total, 208.

The state health department reported nearly 48,000 COVID-19 tests have been performed to date.

According to federal guidlines, states must see a decline in documented cases or a decreasing proportion of positive tests over 14 days before proceeding with a phased lifting of restrictions.

States also must have fewer reports of influenza-like illnesses, fewer COVID-like illnesses, be able to treat all hospital patients without crisis care and have a "robust" testing system in place for at-risk health care workers.

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