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Tulsa Cases Trending up as Oklahoma Goes Past 7,200 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Updated June 8, 7:15 p.m. The health department reported one death Monday, not zero deaths. 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Monday 55 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 7,205.

One new death was reported Monday, a Tulsa County woman 65 or older who died Friday. Since March 18, 348 people have died from the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

The health department considers an additional 33 patients to have recovered from COVID-19, meaning they did not die, are not currently hospitalized and it has been at least 14 days since their symptoms began.

A total of 6,014 people are considered to have recovered from the illness, leaving Oklahoma with 843 known, active cases.

Oklahoma County continues to lead the state in cases with 1,384 and deaths with 64. Tulsa County is second with 1,196 cases and 60 deaths.

Texas County, located in the panhandle and with fewer than 20,000 residents, is third in cases with 947 but only six reported deaths. A pork processing plant in Guymon had an outbreak of COVID-19.

Tulsa County is seeing cases steadily rise, a trend that started as the state moved into phase three of Gov. Kevin Stitt's Open Up and Recover Safely plan. The county's seven-day rolling average of new cases was most recently 24.9, the highest it's been since 25.7 in early April.

Local officials have encouraged residents to continue taking precautions, like maintaining a 6-foot distance between themselves and people from other households when out in public, washing hands frequently, and wearing cloth face coverings while in public.

Face coverings are not intended to protect the wearer from the coronavirus. They are worn to prevent infected people who may not be showing symptoms of COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. People can be contagious days symptoms start, and some may never show symptoms.

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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