6 More Dead, New Cases Exceed Recoveries Again as Oklahoma Nears 5,000 Cases of COVID-19
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 110 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, pushing the state's total number of confirmed cases to 4,962.
There were 101 new recoveries reported. The state health department considers someone to have recovered if they did not die, are not currently hospitalized and it has been at least 14 days since their positive test. Symptoms of the illness, however, can reportedly linger for several weeks.
A total of 3,660 people are now considered to have recovered from COVID-19.
Six more Oklahomans have died from the illness, three in the past 24 hours. The rest died between May 4 and Monday. Five were adults over 65 years old, and the sixth was a man between 50 and 64 years old.
Since March 18, 284 people in Oklahoma have died from COVID-19. The illness has hospitalized 858 people, and 217 are currently hospitalized.
Oklahoma County leads the state with 1,013 cases and 45 deaths. Tulsa County has 743 cases and 37 deaths. Texas County, located in the panhandle and home to fewer than 20,000 people, has 541 cases, third-most in the state. A pork processing facility in Guymon is the site of an outbreak among its workers.
"Over the past week, OSDH has deployed several systems of support into Texas County and the surrounding areas to address a heightened presence of COVID-19. The largest employer in the county, Seaboard Foods, has been a good partner with state agencies by allowing OSDH to test all processing plant employees," Oklahoma Health Commissioner Gary Cox said in a statement Thursday. "We are also partnering on guidance and solutions to ensure the company continues doing everything possible to protect its workers. Over the next few days, we expect spikes in our reporting of positive cases due to the significant number of tests processed for Texas County, which is reflective of our increased testing efforts."
Four people in Texas County have died.
The state health department says 112,647 coronavirus tests have been performed to date.