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22 More Oklahomans Dead from COVID, the Most Reported in 1 Day

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Tuesday 1,010 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 118,409.

Tulsa County had 137 of Tuesday's cases. Its total now stands at 21,829, second to Oklahoma County's 23,881.

The state's seven-day average of new cases, which shows the trend in infections, fell back below 1,300, dropping from 1,332 to 1,266. The average surpassed 1,300 for the first time on Saturday. Since Sept. 19, the seven-day average has been below 1,000 just two days.

Tulsa County's seven-day average dropped from 177 to 170. Tulsa County's average of new cases has generally trended upward since mid-September, when it had fallen to around 116 after peaking at 254 in late July.

The state health department reported 22 deaths, the most in a single day so far. None happened in the past 24 hours. A Tulsa County man 65 or older died. Statewide, one man between 50 and 64 years old and 20 adults 65 or older also died, including seven men in Cleveland County. Since March 18, COVID-19 has officially killed 1,273 Oklahomans, 201 of them Tulsa County residents.

There were 907 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 on Monday evening, 17 fewer than on Friday. The state has surpassed thresholds of 700, 800 and 900 hospitalizations in the month of October. Of those hospitalized Monday, 827 had positive coronavirus tests. Overall, 286 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 were in intensive care units, 19 fewer than on Friday. The record for ICU admissions is 319, set Oct. 19.

According to the state health department, Tulsa County had 238 residents hospitalized as of Monday evening, 17 fewer than on Friday.

Over the course of the pandemic, 8,540 Oklahomans have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

As of Monday, the state reported 17% of its adult ICU beds were available. ICU bed availability dipped below 10% at the end of last week.

The state health department reported 1,299 additional patients as recovered on Tuesday, bringing the total to 101,656. 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 15,480 active cases of COVID-19, 311 fewer than the day before. Thursday was the first time more than 15,000 Oklahomans were considered to have active cases.

Tulsa County reported 212 additional patients as recovered, bringing the total to 19,376. The county has 2,252 active cases, 76 fewer than the day before. Tulsa County's active case record is 2,371, set Oct. 17.

The state's reported overall positive test rate rose 0.1 percentage points on Monday to 8.3%. Out of 32,674 tests reported on Monday, 10.6% 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 Monday, that rate was 7.5%, up 0.1 percentage points from Friday.

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.

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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