Oklahoma Posts 3rd Highest New Case Total as COVID Hospitalizations Surge to New Record

Oct 20, 2020

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Tuesday 1,475 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 109,548.

Tuesday's new case total was the state's third-highest to date. The highest was 1,533 on Oct. 10, and the second-highest was 1,524 on Oct. 9.

Tulsa County had 191 of Tuesday's cases. Its total now stands at 20,639, second to Oklahoma County's 22,213.

The state's seven-day average of new cases, which shows the trend in infections, jumped from 1,127 to 1,151. The state hit a new record average of 1,182 on Thursday. Since Sept. 19, the seven-day average has been below 1,000 just two days.

Tulsa County's seven-day average dropped from 170 to 167. Tulsa County's average of new cases briefly surpassed 200 last week, the first time it had done so since Aug. 10.

The state reported 18 deaths on Tuesday, with two in the past 24 hours. Four deaths were in Tulsa County: a woman between 50 and 64 years old, and two women and a man 65 or older. Statewide, three other adults between 50 and 64 years old, and 11 other adults 65 or older were reported dead. Since March 18, COVID-19 has officially killed 1,191 Oklahomans, 190 of them Tulsa County residents.

There were 821 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 on Monday evening, 29 more than on Friday. That broke the previous record for hospitalizations, 793, set on Thursday. Of those hospitalized Monday, 743 had positive coronavirus tests. Overall, 319 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 were in intensive care units, 18 more than on Friday and a second straight new record.

According to the state health department, Tulsa County had 248 residents hospitalized, 26 more than on Friday.

Over the course of the pandemic, 7,964 Oklahomans have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

As of Monday, the state reported 13% of its adult ICU beds were available.

The state health department reported 1,331 additional patients as recovered on Tuesday, bringing the total to 93,698. 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 14,659 active cases of COVID-19, 126 more than the day before and a new high for the second day in a row.

Tulsa County reported 237 additional patients as recovered, bringing the total to 18,131. The county has 2,318 active cases, 50 fewer than the day before. Tulsa County's active case record is 2,371, set on Saturday.

The state's reported overall positive test rate remained at 8.2% on Monday. Out of 32,604 tests reported on Monday, 8.9% were positive. Each positive test does not necessarily represent a unique individual.

The state also reports its cumulative positive test rate, a metric used by Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. It is calculated by dividing the number of cases by the number of negative tests plus the number of cases. As of Monday, that rate was 7.4%, up 0.1 percentage points from Friday.

Johns Hopkins uses the different rate to compare states that may track testing differently. It notes the ideal way to calculate the positivity rate is dividing the number of people who test positive by the number of people who are tested, which is how Oklahoma's overall rate is calculated.

The World Health Organization's benchmark indicating adequate testing is a 5% positive test rate.