Three More Deaths in Oklahoma as COVID-19 Cases Considered Active Dip Below 700

May 29, 2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Friday three additional deaths from and 68 new cases of COVID-19.

Two deaths happened in the past 24 hours, and the third happened May 23. All three were adults 65 or older.

Two deaths were in Tulsa County, which now has 51, second only to Oklahoma County with 60. Since March 18, 329 Oklahomans have officially died of COVID-19.

Over the course of the outbreak, 982 people have been hospitalized, and 160 are currently hospitalized. The state now has 6,338 confirmed cases of the illness.

The health department reported 104 additional patients as recovered on Friday, bringing the total to 5,340. 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, however, have been reported to linger for several weeks in some cases.

With the number of recovered patients, Oklahoma has 669 known, active cases of COVID-19.

The health department reported 188,665 specimens have been tested for COVID-19 to date. That gives Oklahoma a positive test rate of just under 3.4%.

The World Health Organization suggests positive test rates of 10% or less indicates adequate testing.