Tulsa County Sets Third Straight New Daily High in COVID-19 Cases, Breaks 2,000 Total

Jun 19, 2020

Tulsa County set a new high in COVID-19 cases for the third day in a row on Friday.

There were 125 new cases reported, bringing the county to 2,070, with 721 of them active. Tulsa County is the first in the state to surpass 2,000 cases.

There was one new death in Tulsa County on Friday, bringing the total to 65. Hospitalizations also rose, to a high of 47.

Tulsa Health Department Director Doctor Bruce Dart said they’re watching that trend closely.

"Our hospital systems so far really are in pretty good shape. Now, we have no idea where they’re going to be at after we see what happens two weeks from now with what’s going to be occurring this weekend," Dart said.

Dart has expressed concerns about this weekend's Trump campaign rally at the BOK Center being an ideal situation for the coronavirus to spread to thousands of people. Dart said the health department has ramped up from a handful of contact tracers to dozens as the outbreak picked up, but the surge is taking a toll.

"In all honestly, our epidemiological staff, they’re exhausted. We’re in the process now of trying to bring in some temporary medical staffing and retired doctors and nurses to help with that work so we can give our epis a break," Dart said.

Statewide, 352 new cases were reported today, pushing Oklahoma past 9,700 cases. There are 211 people hospitalized, a number that has steadily climbed since June 1.

Three deaths were also reported today, and 367 Oklahomans have now died.