2 More Dead in Tulsa County as Oklahoma COVID-19 Cases Climb Past 6,900

Jun 4, 2020

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Thursday 102 new coronavirus infections and three additional deaths from COVID-19.

A total of 6,907 Oklahomans have now tested positive for the coronavirus, and 344 are known to have died from the illness it causes.

Two of the deaths reported Thursday happened in Tulsa County: a woman 65 or older and a woman between 36 and 49 years old. COVID-19 has officially killed 59 Tulsa County residents, the second-highest total in the state behind 63 in Oklahoma County.

COVID-19 has been deadlier in Tulsa County than in Oklahoma County. Tulsa County's fatality rate as of Thursday was 5.3%, while Oklahoma County's was 4.7%.

One of the three deaths reported Thursday happened in the past 24 hours. The rest happened between May 22 and Tuesday.

COVID-19 has put a total of 1,014 Oklahomans in the hospital since March 6. There are 148 people currently hospitalized, which includes hospital patients under investigation for the illness.

The state health department reported 70 more patients as recovered, meaning they did not die, are not currently hospitalized and it has been at least 14 days since their symptoms began. Symptoms of COVID-19, however, have been known to linger for several weeks.

A total of 5,781 Oklahomans are now considered to have recovered from COVID-19. The state's number of active cases ticked up from Wednesday, however, to 782.

The health department reported Thursday that 213,142 specimens had been tested for the coronavirus, which would give the state a positive test rate of 3.2%. World Health Organization guidelines suggest positive test rates of less than 10% indicate adequate testing is being performed.