COVID-19: Oklahoma Surpasses 300 Reported Cases, 100 Hospitalizations; Eighth Person Dies

Mar 27, 2020

Oklahoma had another 74 cases of COVID-19 reported Friday, bringing the state's total to 322.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 105 people have now been hospitalized for the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, and an eighth person has died, a Creek County man in his 70s.

Five counties had their first reported cases of COVID-19. The illness is now officially in 38 counties.

Oklahoma County continues to lead the state with 93 reported cases, followed by Tulsa County with 49 — an increase of eight cases — and Cleveland County with 39.

Adults 65 and older continue to be the hardest-hit age group, with 115 cases and five deaths.

State officials have said they expect the number of reported cases to increase as testing capabilities improve. They are expected to discuss the state's current capabilities in a Friday afternoon news conference.

The state health department is urging people to follow Gov. Kevin Stitt's executive order advising vulnerable populations and those over the age of 65 to stay home until April 30 and for non-essential businesses in counties with COVID-19 cases to close until April 16.

The CDC recommends people stay home, practice social distancing, wash their hands often and isolate for up to 14 days if sick.