COVID Hospitalizations Reach Another New High, 15 More Oklahomans Dead

Oct 13, 2020

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Updated Oct. 13, 6:15 p.m. with information about Tulsa County hospitalizations. 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Tuesday 1,309 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 101,493.

Tulsa County had 218 of those cases. Its total now stands at 19,473. Oklahoma County continues to lead the state in total cases, with 20,822.

The state's seven-day average of new cases, which shows the trend in infections, declined slightly from a new high of 1,172 to 1,164. Since Sept. 19, the seven-day average has been below 1,000 just two days.

Tulsa County's seven-day average fell from 187 to 184. It had stayed between 115 and 160 from mid-August until the end of last week.

The state health department reported 15 deaths, with none in the past 24 hours. A woman between 36 and 49 years old, five adults between 50 and 64 years old, and nine adults 65 or older died. Two Tulsa County women 65 or older were among the dead. Since March 18, COVID-19 has officially killed 1,119 Oklahomans, 180 of them in Tulsa County.

There were 760 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 on Monday evening, two more than on Friday and a fifth new record in the past week. Of those hospitalized Monday, 691 had positive coronavirus tests. Overall, 277 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 were in intensive care units, one more than on Friday.

Tulsa Health Department Executive Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Tuesday hospitalization numbers on their online dashboard are inaccurate because of issues with state data reporting, a problem he hopes to resolve soon. As of Tuesday, 183 Tulsa County residents were hospitalized.

Over the course of the pandemic, 7,265 Oklahomans have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

As of Monday, the state reported 11% of its adult ICU beds were available. The Oklahoman reported on Tuesday morning there were no ICU beds available in Oklahoma City.

The state health department reported an additional 1,237 patients as recovered on Tuesday, bringing the total to 86,502. 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 13,872 active cases of COVID-19, 57 more than the day before. The state's record for active cases is 13,893, set on Saturday.

Tulsa County reported 133 additional patients as recovered, bringing the total to 17,145. The county has 2,148 active cases, 83 more than the day before and a new high. Tulsa County's previous record for active cases was 2,112, set on Saturday.

The state's reported overall positive test rate remained at 8.1% on Monday. Out of 33,794 tests reported on Monday, 8.5% 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 7.3%, unchanged 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.