Oklahoma Surpasses 1,200 COVID Deaths as Hospitalizations Hit Another New High

Oct 21, 2020

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Wednesday 1,307 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 110,855.

Tulsa County had 166 of those cases. Its total now stands at 20,805, second only to Oklahoma County's 22,422.

The state's seven-day average of new cases, which shows the trend in infections, jumped from 1,151 to 1,177. The state hit a new record average of 1,182 on Oct. 15. Since Sept. 19, the seven-day average has been below 1,000 just two days.

Tulsa County's seven-day average dropped from 167 to 164. Tulsa County's average of new cases briefly surpassed 200 last week, the first time it had done so since Aug. 10.

The state health department reported 19 deaths, with one in the past 24 hours. Four deaths were in Tulsa County: a man 50 to 64 years old and three men 65 or older. Statewide, two other men 50 to 64 years old and 13 adults 65 or older were also reported dead. Since March 18, COVID-19 has officially killed 1,210 Oklahomans, 193 of them Tulsa County residents.

There were 870 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 on Tuesday evening, 49 more than on Monday. Tuesday's hospitalizations set a new record for the second straight day. Of those hospitalized Tuesday, 790 had positive coronavirus tests. Overall, 317 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 were in intensive care units, two fewer than Monday's record high.

According to the state health department, Tulsa County had 249 residents hospitalized as of Tuesday evening, one more than on Monday.

Over the course of the pandemic, 8,077 Oklahomans have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

As of Tuesday, the state reported 10% of its adult ICU beds were available.

The state health department reported 1,281 additional patients as recovered on Wednesday, bringing the total to 94,979. 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 14,666 active cases of COVID-19, seven more than the day before and a new high for the third day in a row.

Tulsa County reported 173 additional patients as recovered, bringing the total to 18,304. The county has 2,307 active cases, 11 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 Tuesday. Out of 11,078 tests reported on Tuesday, 9.9% 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%, 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.