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Oklahoma's COVID 7-Day Average Back Below 1,000 as Total Cases Near 92,000

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Monday 665 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 91,982.

Tulsa County had 80 of Monday's cases. Its total now stands at 17,949, second to Oklahoma County's 19,140.

The state's seven-day average of new cases, which shows the trend in infections, fell from 998 to 970. On Sunday, it dropped below 1,000 for the first time in more than two weeks. The average peaked at 1,136 on Sept. 25.

Tulsa County's seven-day average fell from 140 to 135. It has stayed between 115 and 160 since mid-August.

The state health department reported three deaths, with none in the past 24 hours. Three adults 65 or older, including a Tulsa County man, were reported dead. Since March 18, COVID-19 has officially killed 1,055 Oklahomans, 169 of them in Tulsa County.

There were 655 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 on Friday, 32 more than on Thursday. Of those hospitalized Friday, 565 had positive coronavirus tests. Overall, 228 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 were in intensive care units, six fewer than on Thursday.

The Tulsa Health Department reported 262 residents hospitalized as of Friday and Saturday, a new high. 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, 6,674 Oklahomans have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

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

The state health department reported an additional 549 patients as recovered on Monday, bringing the total to 78,155. 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 12,772 active cases of COVID-19, 113 more than the day before. The state hit a new high in active cases Sept. 28 with 13,379.

Tulsa County reported 64 additional patients as recovered, bringing the total to 16,105. The county has 1,675 active cases, 15 more than the day before.

The state's reported overall positive test rate remained at 8.1% on Friday. Out of 17,663 tests reported on Friday, 6.3% 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 7.2%, unchanged from Thursday.

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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