Oklahoma's Total COVID Cases up Another 942; 13 More Dead

Sep 11, 2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Friday 942 cases of COVID-19, pushing the state's total to 67,642.

Tulsa County had 127 of Friday's cases and leads the state with 14,891.

The state health department reported 13 deaths Friday, with one in the past 24 hours. One death reported Thursday was removed from Oklahoma's total after it was discovered the person lived in Kansas, not Garfield County. Since March 18, COVID-19 has officially killed 888 Oklahomans.

One death was a Kay County man between 50 and 64 years old. The rest were adults 65 or older, including a woman in Tulsa County. Tulsa County has 144 COVID-19 deaths, second to Oklahoma County's 173.

The state's seven-day average of new cases, which shows the trend in infections, fell from 810 to 800. The state's average peaked at 1,093 on Aug. 1 and had fallen to 645 by late August.

Tulsa County's seven-day average dropped from 146 to 138. It peaked at 254 on July 30 but had fallen to 117 on Sept. 1, its lowest point in nearly two months.

There were 509 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 on Thursday, four fewer than on Wednesday. The state's Friday and Tuesday reports were the first since July 10 with fewer than 500 hospitalizations. Of those hospitalized Thursday, 434 had positive coronavirus tests. Overall, 208 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 were in intensive care units, 13 more than on Wednesday.

The Tulsa Health Department significantly adjusted its hospitalization numbers Friday, reporting a new high of 229 residents hospitalized as of Monday. Previously, THD reported 260 residents hospitalized as of Monday, then a new high for the fourth straight day. Local hospitalization numbers change frequently based on new data. Tulsa County hospitalizations have been trending up overall since the first week of June.

Over the course of the pandemic, 5,369 Oklahomans have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

As of Thursday, the state reported 18% of its adult ICU beds were available.

The state health department reported an additional 852 patients as recovered on Friday, bringing the total to 57,383. 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 9,371 active cases of COVID-19, 78 more than the day before.

Tulsa County reported an additional 145 patients as recovered on Thursday, bringing the total to 13,122. The county has 1,625 active cases, 19 fewer than the day before.

The state's reported overall positive test rate remained at 7.9% on Thursday. Out of 13,608 tests reported on Thursday, 9.8% were positive.

The state has also started reporting 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 Friday, that rate was 6.9%.

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.