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Oklahoma's 7-Day Average Nears Record Level as State Adds More Than 2,200 Cases over the Weekend


The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported more than 2,200 cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, pushing the state's total to 76,807.

The health department reported 1,237 cases on Saturday and 1,003 cases on Sunday.

Tulsa County added 181 cases over the weekend, bringing its total to 15,975. Oklahoma County leads the state with 16,560.

The state's seven-day average of new cases, which shows the trend in infections, rose from 989 on Friday to 1,020 on Saturday and to 1,065 on Sunday. The average has now increased eight days in a row and is up 283 in that time. The state's average peaked at 1,093 on Aug. 1 and had fallen to 645 by late August.

Tulsa County's seven-day average is 118, about half of what it was during the state's surge in late July and early August.

Seven more deaths were reported over the weekend. None was in Tulsa County. More information on the deaths was not immediately available. COVID-19 has officially killed 946 Oklahomans since March 18.

There were 522 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 on Friday, six more than on Thursday. Of those hospitalized Friday, 454 had positive coronavirus tests. Overall, 222 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 were in intensive care units, one fewer than on Thursday.

The Tulsa Health Department reported 245 residents hospitalized as of Wednesday, down from a new high of 248 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, 5,872 Oklahomans have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

As of Saturday, the state reported 15% of its adult ICU beds were available.

The state health department reported an additional 507 patients as recovered on Sunday, bringing the total to 64,467. 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 11,394 active cases of COVID-19, 493 more than the day before and a new record.

Tulsa County reports a total of 14,428 patients recovered. The county has 1,395 active cases, a number that has been declining over the past two weeks.

The state's reported overall positive test rate remained at 8%. Out of 17,406 tests reported on Friday, 8.1% were positive. Each positive test does not necessarily represent a unique individual.

The state has also started reporting its cumulative positive test rate, a metric used by Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. It is calculated by dividing the number of cases by the number of negative tests plus the number of cases. As of Friday, that rate was 7%.

Johns Hopkins uses the different rate to compare states that may track testing differently. It notes the ideal way to calculate the positivity rate is dividing the number of people who test positive by the number of people who are tested, which is how Oklahoma's overall rate is calculated.

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

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