COVID-19: 5 More Oklahomans Dead, 43 New Cases Reported

May 20, 2020

Credit Department of Defense

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Wednesday five new deaths from COVID-19 and 43 new confirmed cases of the illness.

The deaths occurred between April 22 and Monday, with two in Tulsa County, two in Oklahoma County and one in Cleveland County. All were adults 65 or older.

Oklahoma, Tulsa and Cleveland counties lead the state in COVID-19 deaths with 51, 39 and 37. Since March 18, 299 Oklahomans have died.

The health department reported 43 new coronavirus infections, bringing the state's total to 5,532.

Over the course of the outbreak, 905 people have been hospitalized, and 209 are currently in the hospital.

The health department reported 131 new patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 4,266 and leaving the state with 1,266 known, active cases.

Patients are considered to have recovered if they did not die, are not currently hospitalized and it has been at least 14 days since they tested positive. Symptoms of COVID-19, however, have been reported to linger for several weeks.

The state reports 145,218 COVID-19 tests have been performed, giving the state a positive test rate of 3.8%.