COVID-19: 91 New Cases Push Oklahoma to 5,489; Guymon No. 2 in Total Cases

May 19, 2020

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Tuesday 91 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 5,489.

The illness has now killed 294 Oklahomans after six additional deaths were confirmed Tuesday. All were adults age 65 or older who died between May 4 and Sunday.

Since the outbreak started, 897 people have been hospitalized, with 167 currently in the hospital.

The health department reported 127 new patients as recovered Tuesday. A total of 4,135 Oklahomans are now considered to have recovered, meaning they did not die, are not currently hospitalized and it has been at least two weeks since they tested positive. Sympotms of COVID-19, however, have been reported to persist for several weeks.

With an outbreak tied to a pork processing facility, Guymon is now No. 2 in the state in total cases with 650. Oklahoma City has 847. Tulsa has 564.

Texas County, where Guymon is located, is approaching No. 2 in cases. It currently has the third-most in Oklahoma, 784, trailing just Tulsa County with 802 and Oklahoma County with 1,087.

There are still only four reported deaths in Texas County.

Officials said Tuesday the state processed more than 16,300 specimens between Saturday and Monday, an average of 5,400 tests a day. In all, 140,262 COVID-19 tests have been performed, with 3.9% coming back positive.

World Health Organization guidelines set a benchmark of no more than 10% of tests coming back positive to determine whether testing is adequate.