Oklahoma Sets Another New High in COVID Case Average, Sets Record for Number of ICU Patients

Oct 14, 2020

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Wednesday 1,121 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 102,614.

Tulsa County had 184 of those cases. Its total now stands at 19,657, second most in the state.

The state's seven-day average of new cases, which shows the trend in infections, rose from 1,164 to a new high of 1,180. It's the average's third new record high since Sunday. Since Sept. 19, the seven-day average has been below 1,000 just two days.

Tulsa County's seven-day average climbed from 184 to 193. It had stayed between 115 and 160 from mid-August until the end of last week.

The state reported 13 deaths, with none in the past 24 hours. Since March 18, COVID-19 has officially killed 1,132 Oklahomans.

Six deaths were in Oklahoma County: a man between 18 and 35 years old, and three women and two men 65 or older. Oklahoma County leads the state with 208 deaths. Two deaths were in Tulsa County: a woman between 50 and 64 years old, and a man 65 or older. Tulsa County has 182 deaths to date. The other five deaths across the state were adults 65 or older.

There were 749 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 on Tuesday evening, 11 fewer than on Monday, which was a new record. Of those hospitalized Tuesday, 688 had positive coronavirus tests. Overall, 289 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 were in intensive care units, 12 more than on Monday and a new high.

According to the state health department, Tulsa County had 186 residents hospitalized.

Over the course of the pandemic, 7,529 Oklahomans have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

As of Tuesday, the state reported 11% of its adult ICU beds were available.

The state health department did not have updated data on recoveries immediately available on Wednesday. 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.

Data on the state's number of active cases was not immediately available. There were 13,872 active cases of COVID-19 in the state on Tuesday. The state's record is 13,893, set on Saturday.

Data on recoveries and active cases in Tulsa was not immediately available on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Tulsa County had 17,145 patients considered to have recovered and 2,148 active cases, a new high.

The state's reported overall positive test rate rose 0.1 percentage points on Tuesday to 8.2%. Out of 11,957 tests reported on Tuesday, 11.2% 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 Tuesday, that rate was 7.3%, unchanged from Monday.

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.