COVID New Case Average, Hospitalizations, ICU Patients, Active Cases Reach New Highs in Oklahoma

Oct 15, 2020

Credit National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Updated Oct. 16, 11:08 a.m. to correct state's seven-day average.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Thursday 1,221 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 103,836.

New data was delayed because of technical difficulties, according to the state health department.

Tulsa County had 231 of Thursday's cases. Its total now stands at 19,888, second to Oklahoma County's 21,260.

The state's seven-day average of new cases, which shows the trend in infections, rose from 1,180 to a new high of 1,182. It's the average's fourth new record high since Sunday. Since Sept. 19, the seven-day average has been below 1,000 just two days.

Tulsa County's seven-day average climbed from 193 to 201. It's the first time the county's seven-day average has topped 200 since Aug. 10.

The state reported 11 deaths. More information on them was not immediately available. Since March 18, COVID-19 has officially killed 1,143 Oklahomans.

There were 781 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 on Wednesday evening, 32 more than on Tuesday and a new record for the state for the sixth time in the past two weeks. Of those hospitalized Wednesday, 709 had positive coronavirus tests. Overall, 293 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 were in intensive care units, four more than on Tuesday and a new high for the second day in a row.

According to the state health department, Tulsa County had 183 residents hospitalized, three fewer than the day before.

Over the course of the pandemic, 7,601 Oklahomans have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, the state reported 11% of its adult ICU beds were available.

The state health department reported 1,205 additional patients as recovered on Thursday, bringing the total to 88,780. 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 13,913 active cases of COVID-19, five more than the day before and a new high for the second straight day.

Tulsa County reported 139 additional patients as recovered, bringing the total to 17,426. The county has 2,280 active cases, 92 more than the day before and a new high for the third straight day.

The state's reported overall positive test rate remained at 8.2% on Wednesday. Out of 13,372 tests reported on Wednesday, 11.2% 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 Wednesday, that rate was 7.3%, unchanged from Tuesday.

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.