State's 7-Day Average of New COVID Cases Breaks 3,000 as Active Case Counts Keep Rising

Nov 23, 2020

Credit Food and Drug Administration

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Monday 3,544 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 177,874. 

Tulsa County had 509 of Monday's new cases. Its total now stands at 30,500. Tulsa County is the second in the state to break 30,000 total COVID cases, and its total is second to Oklahoma County's 36,199.

The state's seven-day average of new cases, which shows the trend in infections, rose from 2,886 to 3,002, its fifth new record in the past six days. Oct. 5 was the last time the seven-day average was below 1,000.

Tulsa County's seven-day average of new cases rose from 421 to 428. Its latest high is 441, set on Saturday.

The state reported 15 deaths, with none in the past 24 hours. A Tulsa County man 50 to 64 years old and two men 65 or older were reported dead. Statewide, a Pottawatomie County woman 36 to 49 years old, a Creek County woman 50 to 64 years old and 10 other adults 65 or older were reported dead.

Since March 18, COVID-19 has officially killed 1,649 Oklahomans, 257 of them in Tulsa County. The state's seven-day average of reported deaths hit a new high of 15.9.

There were 1,505 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 on Friday evening, 77 more than on Thursday and a new record. Of those hospitalized Friday, 1,408 had positive coronavirus tests. Overall, 450 Oklahomans hospitalized for COVID-19 were in intensive care units, 29 more than on Thursday and another new high.

According to the state health department, Tulsa County had 350 residents hospitalized as of Friday evening, one fewer than Wednesday and Thursday's record of 351.

As of Sunday, the state reported 5% of its adult ICU beds and 16% of its medical surgery beds were available. Five of Oklahoma's eight hospital regions, including Oklahoma County, are at tier three of a four-tier hospital surge plan, meaning 20% to 40% of patients have tested positive for COVID-19 for at least three consecutive days. Tulsa County is at tier two, with 15% to 20% of patients testing positive.

The state health department reported 2,069 additional patients as recovered on Monday, bringing the total to 142,381. 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 33,844 active cases of COVID-19, 1,460 more than the day before. It's a new record for the sixth straight day.

Tulsa County reported 353 additional patients as recovered, bringing the total to 25,165. The county has 5,078 active cases, 153 more than the day before and a new record for the sixth straight day. It's the first time Tulsa County has had more than 5,000 active cases.

The state's reported overall positive test rate rose 0.2 percentage points Friday to 9.2%. Out of 57,400 tests reported on Friday, 12.9% 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 Friday, that rate was 8.5%, down 0.1 percentage points from Thursday.

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.