Oklahoma Adds 833 Cases on 1st Day Reporting Positive Antigen Tests; Total Breaks 65,000

Sep 8, 2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Tuesday 833 cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 65,053.

The state health department is transitioning to a new reporting system that will combine confirmed coronavirus infections with "probable" ones in case counts. Probable cases are indicated by positive antigen tests, and the state previously required a PCR test to confirm a COVID-19 diagnosis before counting them.

Officials warned Oklahoma would see an increase in cases under the new method but it would better reflect the "current, active presence of COVID-19" in the state.

Tulsa County had 202 of Tuesday's cases. Its total now stands at 14,473, most in the state.

One Tulsa County man 65 or older was reported dead on Tuesday. He did not die in the past 24 hours. Since March 18, COVID-19 has officially killed 854 Oklahomans.

In Tulsa County, 140 residents have died, the second-highest total in the state.

The state's seven-day average of new cases, which shows the trend in infections, rose from 784 to 808 Tulsa County's seven-day average rose from 148 to 157.

At the end of last week, 472 Oklahomans were hospitalized for COVID-19, 46 fewer than the day before and the lowest number since July 8. It was the first time since July 10 fewer than 500 Oklahomans were hospitalized.

Of those hospitalized Friday, 429 had positive coronavirus tests. Overall, 208 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 were in intensive care units, five more than on Thursday.

The Tulsa Health Department reported 241 residents hospitalized as of Friday. After receiving new data, the health department revised hospitalization numbers to show the county hit a high of 242 on Sept. 1. Local hospitalization numbers change frequently based on new data. Tulsa County hospitalizations have been trending up overall since the first week of June.

Over the course of the pandemic, 5,137 Oklahomans have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

As of Monday, the state reported 22% of its adult ICU beds available.

The state health department reported an additional 855 patients as recovered on Tuesday, bringing the total to 54,269. 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 9,930 active cases of COVID-19, 23 fewer than the day before.

Tulsa County reported an additional 220 patients as recovered on Tuesday, bringing the total to 12,657. The county has 1,676 active cases.

The state ended last week with an overall positive test rate of 7.8%. It is changing how its positive rate is calculated.