Oklahoma Follows Record COVID-19 Day with New 2nd Highest Increase in Cases, 3 More Dead

Jul 8, 2020


Updated July 9, 12:05 p.m. after an update to Tulsa County deaths. 

Updated July 8, 6:12 p.m. with latest hospitalization numbers. 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Wednesday 673 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 17,893.

Tulsa County had 206 of the new cases, pushing its total to 4,571.

Over the past seven days, Oklahoma has reported an average of 540 new cases a day, the highest that trend has ever been. Tulsa County has reported an average of 147 new cases a day over the same week, nearing its high of 148.

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 declined slightly over the past 24 hours. As of Wednesday evening, 453 people were hospitalized statewide, five fewer than the day before but around levels seen in early April. According to state figures, several hospitals were out or nearly out of ICU beds, including Hillcrest South, St. John and St. Francis in Tulsa.

Over the course of the pandemic, more than 1,800 people have been hospitalized because of the illness.

Three more deaths from COVID-19 were reported Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 407. All were age 50 or older. One death was a Tulsa County man 65 or older, increasing the county's state-leading total to 72 deaths.

The state health department reported 533 additional patients as recovered from COVID-19, raising that total to 13,538. Patients are considered recovered if they did not die, are not currently hospitalized and it has been at least 14 days since their symptoms began. The state has 3,948 active cases.

In Tulsa County, 3,451 patients are considered to have recovered, leaving the county with 1,048 active cases.

Overall, the state's percentage of positive tests has risen to 5%. It was close to 3% at times last month. Recent days have seen positive rates of 7% to 11%.