Surge in COVID-19 Cases Continues as Tulsa County, State Again See New Highs

Jun 17, 2020

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The state of Oklahoma and Tulsa County once again set records for new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

The state health department reported 259 new cases statewide, surpassing the previous one-day high of 225 set Saturday. The state has 8,904 cases to date.

Tulsa County accounted for 96 of the state's new cases. The county's previous record, 89 new cases, was set Monday. Tulsa County now has 1,825 cases of COVID-19.

One death was reported Wednesday, an Oklahoma County woman 65 or older. COVID-19 has now killed 364 Oklahomans.

State and local officials say adults between 18 and 49 years old are driving the spike in cases.

Statewide and in Tulsa County, hospitalizations have started to increase. Hospitalizations in Oklahoma bottomed out at 124 on June 1, down from a peak of nearly 500 in early April. They reached 149 at the end of last week and have since climbed to 181 as of Tuesday.

In Tulsa County, hospitalizations hit a peak of 45 in early April and had declined to a low of 15 in mid-May. After climbing to 27 over a week, hospitalizations in the county fell to 17 by June 5. Since then, hospitalizations have risen above 30, holding steady at 37 for the past three days.

The state health department reported 133 additional patients as recovered on Wednesday, bringing the total number considered to have recovered to 6,898. Patients are considered to have recovered from COVID-19 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 in some cases.

Statewide, 1,642 cases of COVID-19 are active. In Tulsa County, 595 are. On June 7, Tulsa County had fewer than 200 active cases of the illness.

The state health department reported Wednesday 267,424 COVID-19 tests have been performed to date, an increase of 3,542 tests from the previous day.