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Another 14 Oklahomans Dead from COVID-19 as New Case Average Holds Steady

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Tuesday 14 more deaths from COVID-19. Since March 18, the illness has officially killed 744 Oklahomans.

No deaths were identified in the past day. Three deaths were adults between 50 and 64 years old, including a woman in Tulsa County. The other 11 deaths were adults 65 or older, with five Rogers County men among them.

At least three dozen residents of the Claremore Veterans Center have died, according to the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, but the state coronavirus dashboard has Rogers County at 31 total deaths.

Oklahoma County leads the state with 145 deaths. Tulsa County has the second-highest total, 127.

The health department reported 650 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 54,172. Tulsa County had 168 of those cases, bringing its total to 12,559. Oklahoma County leads the state with 12,765.

The state's seven-day average of new cases, which shows the trend in infections, rose from 687 to 692. It has held relatively steady since Friday and has stayed below 700 since Aug. 12.

The seven-day average hit a peak of 1,093 on Aug. 1. When Oklahoma moved to phase three of Gov. Kevin Stitt's reopening plan on June 1, the average was 69 cases.

Tulsa County's seven-day average of new cases held steady at 135. It peaked at 254 on July 30.

As of Monday evening, 553 Oklahomans were hospitalized for COVID-19, 25 fewer than at the end of last week. Of those hospitalized Monday, 473 had positive coronavirus tests. Overall, 226 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 were in intensive care units, 11 fewer than on Friday.

The last time fewer than 500 Oklahomans were hospitalized for COVID-19 was July 10.

Tulsa County reported 215 residents hospitalized as of Friday, the highest number to date. Local hospitalization numbers change frequently based on new data. Tulsa County hospitalizations have been trending up overall since the first week of June.

Over the course of the pandemic, 4,537 Oklahomans have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

As of Monday, the state reported 20% of its adult ICU beds available.

The state health department reported an additional 856 patients as recovered on Tuesday, bringing the total to 45,516. Patients are considered to have recovered if they did not die, are not currently hospitalized and it has been at least 14 days since their symptoms began. Symptoms have been reported to linger for several weeks for some individuals.

The state has 7,912 active cases of COVID-19, 220 fewer than the day before. The state broke 8,000 active cases for the first time on Sunday.

Tulsa County reported an additional 141 patients as recovered on Tuesday, bringing the total to 10,917. The county has 1,515 active cases, 26 more than the day before.

The state's overall positive test rate on Monday remained at 7.4%. Out of 19,388 tests reported on Monday, 10.4% were positive. Each positive test does not necessarily represent a unique individual.

The World Health Organization's benchmark indicating adequate testing is a 5% positive test rate.

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