State Sees All-Time High in New COVID-19 Cases, Tulsa County Breaks Record Set This Week

Jun 12, 2020

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 222 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the most in a single day during the outbreak.

The state's previous one-day high was 171 cases on April 4.

Statewide, there have now been 7,848 cases of the illness, and 1,098 are currently considered active.

Tulsa County had 71 of the new cases reported Friday, the most it's seen in a single day so far. The county's four largest one-day increases have all come this week: 71 on Friday, 65 on Tuesday, 64 on Thursday and 47 on Wednesday.

The previous one-day high in Tulsa County was 45 cases, recorded twice in April.

Tulsa County now has 1,443 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 373 considered active. Oklahoma County has the most confirmed cases, with 1,517.

Two more deaths were reported in Oklahoma on Friday. COVID-19 has now killed 359 Oklahomans since March 18.

Despite the spikes in cases, hospitalizations have been mostly steady the past few weeks. There are 154 people currently hospitalized for the illness. Hospitalizations have steadily fallen from more than 400 in early April.

A total of 1,103 Oklahomans have been hospitalized because of COVID-19.

The state health department reported 128 additional patients as recovered on Friday, meaning 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, however.

A total of 6,391 people are now considered to have recovered from COVID-19.

The health department reports 248,091 specimens have been tested for COVID-19, with 9,156 coming back positive, a rate of 3.7%. Not all specimens represent unique individuals.

The World Health Organization recommended in May positive rates should stay at or below 5% for 14 days before a government considers reopening.