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Oklahoma's 7-Day Average Continues Climb with 909 New Cases of COVID-19; 14 More Deaths Reported

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Thursday 909 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 61,027.

Tulsa County had 185 of Thursday's reported cases. Its total now stands at 11,742, second-highest in the state and just 49 cases fewer than Oklahoma County.

The health department reported 14 deaths, with two in the past 24 hours. One death was a man between 50 and 64 years old in Johnston County. The other 13 were adults 65 or older. Since March 18, COVID-19 has officially killed 835 Oklahomans.

One death was in Tulsa County, which has now seen 136 residents die from the illness. Oklahoma County leads the state with 158 dead.

The state's seven-day average of new cases, which shows the trend in infections, rose from 754 to 782, its highest point since Aug. 7. The average has risen five straight days.

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 rose for a second day, going from 120 to 130. It peaked at 254 on July 30.

As of Wednesday evening, 540 Oklahomans were hospitalized for COVID-19, five fewer than on Tuesday. Of those hospitalized Wednesday, 465 had positive coronavirus tests. Overall, 204 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 were in intensive care units, 16 fewer than on Tuesday.

The Tulsa Health Department reported 232 residents hospitalized as of Wednesday. After receiving new data, the health department revised hospitalization numbers to show the county hit a high of 234 on Sunday. 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, 5,013 Oklahomans have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, the state reported 17% of its adult ICU beds were available.

The state health department reported an additional 801 patients as recovered on Thursday, bringing the total to 51,447. 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 8,745 active cases of COVID-19, 94 more than the day before. The state broke 8,000 active cases for the second time on Saturday.

Tulsa County reported an additional 192 patients as recovered on Thursday, bringing the total to 12,102. The county has 1,504 active cases, eight fewer than the day before.

The state's overall positive test rate on Wednesday remained at 7.7%. Out of 10,002 tests reported on Wednesday, 11% 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.

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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