Oklahoma Surpasses 6,000 Cases of COVID-19, 311 Dead

May 24, 2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported Sunday the state had reached 6,037 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The health department reported 111 new cases on Saturday and 77 on Sunday. Four deaths were reported Saturday, including three in Tulsa County. All four deaths happened between May 13 and Thursday.

Three of the four new deaths were adults age 65 or older. The fourth was a man between 50 and 64 years old.

Since Oklahoma's first case of COVID-19 was reported March 6, 932 people have been hospitalized. Of those, 174 are currently in the hospital.

Between new reports Saturday and Sunday, 4,688 Oklahomans are now considered to have recovered from COVID-19, meaning they did not die, are not currently hospitalized and it has been at least 14 days since their symptoms began. That leaves Oklahoma with 1,038 known, active cases.

Symptoms of the illness have been known to linger for several weeks in some people.

According to the state's weekly epidemiological report, new cases of COVID-19 for May 15 through May 21 were up almost 14% from the prior week.

Updated May 24, 4:28 p.m.: An earlier version of this story did not subtract the number of deaths when calculating the number of known, active cases in the state.