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Oklahoma Registers New High in Active COVID-19 Cases as Total Breaks 85,000

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Monday 861 new cases of COVID-19, pushing the state's total to 85,194.

Tulsa County had 117 of Monday's cases, bringing its total to 17,004. Tulsa County is second in total cases to Oklahoma County, which has 18,018.

The state's seven-day average of new cases, which shows the trend in infections, fell from 1,075 to 1,041. It has now fallen three days in a row after a 13-day rise in which it hit five consecutive new highs.

Tulsa County's seven-day average rose from 130 to 139, its highest mark in three weeks.

The state health department reported one death, a Muskogee County woman between 50 and 64 years old. Since March 18, COVID-19 has officially killed 1,007 Oklahomans.

There were 579 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 on Friday, 11 fewer than on Thursday. Of those hospitalized Friday, 496 had positive coronavirus tests. Overall, 223 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 were in intensive care units, three more than on Thursday.

The Tulsa Health Department reported 244 residents hospitalized as of Thursday, a number down each day from a high of 249 on Sept. 20. Local hospitalization numbers change frequently based on new data. Tulsa County hospitalizations have trended up overall since the first week of June.

Over the course of the pandemic, 6,273 Oklahomans have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

As of Sunday, the state reported 19% of its adult ICU beds were available.

The state health department reported an additional 537 patients as recovered on Monday, bringing the total to 70,808. 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 13,379 active cases of COVID-19, 323 more than the day before and a new high.

Tulsa County reported 69 additional patients as recovered, bringing the total to 15,291. The county has 1,553 active cases, 48 more than the day before.

The state's reported overall positive test rate remained at 8.1% on Friday. Out of 19,196 tests reported on Friday, 9.5% were positive. Each positive test does not necessarily represent a unique individual.

The state also reports 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 7.1%.

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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