OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases jumped by 478 on Sunday to a new record while one additional death was recorded due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
The department reported the number of confirmed cases is now 10,515, up from 10,037 on Saturday and the death toll stands at 369. The actual number of people who have contracted the virus is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
The previous record of 450 new cases in one day was set Thursday.
For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the highly contagious virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.
Interim state health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye has said a surge in coronavirus cases was expected after the state began reopening in late April.
The new wave also comes amid ongoing demonstrations to protest police killings of black citizens, the Juneteenth celebrations and a rally that was held Saturday by President Donald Trump at an indoor arena in Tulsa.