Oklahoma Adds 876 Cases of COVID-19 But Hospitalizations Continue Decline

Sep 9, 2020

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Wednesday 876 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 65,929.

Tulsa County had 182 of Wednesday's cases and leads the state with 14,655.

The state health department reported nine deaths, with none identified in the past 24 hours. Eight deaths were adults 65 or older. Since March 18, COVID-19 has officially killed 863 Oklahomans.

Three of the deaths reported Wednesday were in Tulsa County: a woman between 36 and 49 years old, and a man and a woman 65 or older. Tulsa County has the state's second-highest death toll during the pandemic, with 143 residents dead.

The state's seven-day average of new cases, which shows the trend in infections, rose from 808 to 830. Tulsa County's seven-day average remained at 157 for a second straight day.

There were 462 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 on Tuesday, 10 fewer than at the end of last week. It's the fewest people in the hospital since July 8. Of those hospitalized Tuesday, 404 had positive coronavirus tests. Overall, 202 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 were in intensive care units, six fewer than at the end of last week.

The Tulsa Health Department reported 252 residents hospitalized as of Sunday, a new high for the third straight day. 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, 5,253 Oklahomans have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

As of Tuesday, the state reported 25% of its adult ICU beds available.

The state health department reported an additional 1,136 patients as recovered on Tuesday, bringing the total to 55,405. 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 9,661 active cases of COVID-19, 269 fewer than the day before.

Tulsa County reported an additional 140 patients as recovered on Wednesday, bringing the total to 12,797. The county has 1,715 active cases.

The state's reported overall positive test rate rose 0.1 percentage points from the end of last week and was 7.9% on Tuesday. The state is using the same calculation for that value.

Out of 26,519 tests reported on Tuesday, 9.7% were positive.

According to the latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report, Oklahoma had the fourth-highest positive test rate in the nation from Aug. 27 through Sept. 2, 11.3%. That rate is based on PCR tests alone.