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Oklahoma Posts 5th Straight New Record in COVID Daily Average; State Reports 12 More Deaths

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Friday 1,276 new cases of COVID-19, pushing the state's total to 82,520.

Tulsa County had 196 of Friday's cases. Its total now stands at 16,683, second to Oklahoma County's 17,556.

The state's seven-day average of new cases, which shows the trend in infections, rose from 1,132 to 1,136, a new high for the fifth day in a row. The average has now increased 13 straight days and is up 354 in that time.

The state's seven-day average hit 1,093 on Aug. 1, before the state started including positive antigen tests in its case totals. The average had fallen to 645 by late August.

Tulsa County's seven-day average jumped from 119 to 127.

The state health department reported 12 deaths, with one in the past 24 hours. All were adults 65 or older, including two women and one man in Tulsa County. Since March 18, COVID-19 has officially killed 993 Oklahomans. Tulsa County has lost 159 residents, second to Oklahoma County, which has lost 190.

There were 590 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 on Thursday, three fewer than on Wednesday. Of those hospitalized Thursday, 527 had positive coronavirus tests. Overall, 220 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 were in intensive care units, seven fewer than on Wednesday.

The Tulsa Health Department reported 245 residents hospitalized as of Tuesday, down from a high of 251 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, 6,192 Oklahomans have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

As of Thursday, the state reported 18% of its adult ICU beds were available.

The state health department reported an additional 1,104 patients as recovered on Friday, bringing the total to 68,911. 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 12,616 active cases of COVID-19, 160 more than the day before. The state set a record of 12,628 active cases on Tuesday.

Tulsa County reported 119 additional patients as recovered, bringing the total to 15,040. The county has 1,410 active cases, 37 fewer than the day before.

The state's reported overall positive test rate remained at 8.1%. Out of 13,180 tests reported on Thursday, 5.4% 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 Thursday, that rate was 7.1%.

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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