Oklahoma COVID-19 Cases Jump 148 to 5,680; More Than 300 Have Now Died

May 21, 2020

Credit National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Thursday reported 148 new cases of COVID-19 and five new deaths.

The jump in cases was the second-largest single-day increase this month behind 151 new cases reported May 16. Oklahoma now has 5,680 confirmed cases of the illness.

The five deaths reported Thursday included five adults 65 or older and one one man between 50 and 64 years old. One death was in the past 24 hours; the rest happened between May 14 and Tuesday.

Three deaths were in Oklahoma County, which leads the state with 54 deaths. One death was in Tulsa County, which now has 40 deaths, the second-most in the state. The other death was in Washington County, which has the fourth-most deaths in the state with 33.

Since March 18, 304 Oklahomans have died from COVID-19.

The health department reported 95 additional patients have recovered from COVID-19, meaning they did not die, are not currently hospitalized and it has been at least two weeks since they tested positive. Symptoms, however, have been known to linger for several weeks.

A total of 4,361 people are now considered to have recovered from the illness, leaving Oklahoma with 1,319 active cases.

Since the outbreak started, 917 people have been hospitalized, and 201 are currently in the hospital.

According to the state health department, 149,447 COVID-19 tests have been performed by laboratories in the state, giving Oklahoma a positive test rate of 3.8%.

World Health Organization guidelines say positive test rates of 10% or less generally indicate adequate levels of testing.