COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma surge; OSDH reports 450 new cases

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The COVID-19 pandemic is surging in Oklahoma with 450 new coronavirus cases, a 5.1 percent increase and record high in the state, two days before President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa on Saturday.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports on Thursday that there have been 9,354 cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. OSDH reported on Wednesday that there were 8,904 cases of coronavirus.

That’s an increase of 450 cases, 5.1 percent.

OSDH reported a 259-case increase on Wednesday.

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Source: Oklahoma State Department of Health

The drastic increase in cases comes after more and more Oklahomans began going out in public.

OSDH officials recently told KFOR that the rise in coronavirus cases is due to community spread.

Oklahoma began its statewide, three-phase reopening in late April.

Also, large-scale protests have been held in Oklahoma since late May, days after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Dr. Dale Bratzler, the Chief COVID-19 Officer for the University of Oklahoma, said the spike in cases is not related to an increase in COVID-19 testing.

Trump’s rally will be at the BOK Center in Tulsa on Saturday.

The BOK Center has a seating capacity of 19,199, but officials expect around 100,000 people to show up for the rally.

BOK Center personnel are asking the Trump Campaign for a health and safety plan ahead of the rally.

COVID-19 cases are in the following Oklahoma counties:

  • Adair: 101 (4 deaths) (89 recovered)
  • Alfalfa: 1 (1 recovered)
  • Atoka: 11 (4 recovered)
  • Beaver: 30 (30 recovered)
  • Beckham: 8 (7 recovered)
  • Blaine: 12 (9 recovered)
  • Bryan: 64 (1 death) (40 recovered)
  • Caddo: 181 (10 deaths) (160 recovered)
  • Canadian: 175 (3 deaths) (138 recovered)
  • Carter: 62 (1 death) (54 recovered)
  • Cherokee: 58 (1 death) (34 recovered)
  • Choctaw: 107 (1 death) (97 recovered)
  • Cimarron: 1 ( 1 recovered)
  • Cleveland: 605 (40 deaths) (496 recovered)
  • Coal: 6 (4 recovered)
  • Comanche: 360 (5 deaths) (303 recovered)
  • Cotton: 5 (2 deaths) (3 recovered)
  • Craig: 17 (16 recovered)
  • Creek: 118 (7 deaths) (97 recovered)
  • Custer: 46 (35 recovered)
  • Delaware: 112 (16 deaths) (85 recovered)
  • Dewey: 4 (2 recovered)
  • Garfield: 53 (1 death) (45 recovered)
  • Garvin: 39 (1 death) (18 recovered)
  • Grady: 122 (4 deaths) (108 recovered)
  • Grant: 2 (2 recovered)
  • Greer: 66 (7 deaths) (57 recovered)
  • Harper: 1 (1 recovered)
  • Haskell: 7 (6 recovered)
  • Hughes: 3 (3 recovered)
  • Jackson: 32 (3 deaths) (25 recovered)
  • Jefferson: 4 (4 recovered)
  • Johnston: 8 (5 recovered)
  • Kay: 72 (7 deaths) (53 recovered)
  • Kingfisher: 13 (12 recovered)
  • Kiowa: 6 (4 recovered)
  • Latimer: 7 (1 deaths) (5 recovered)
  • Le Flore: 25 (1 death) (14 recovered)
  • Lincoln: 26 (2 deaths) (20 recovered)
  • Logan: 25 (1 death) (19 recovered)
  • Love: 25 (19 recovered)
  • Major: 7 (1 death) (5 recovered)
  • Marshall: 21 (11 recovered)
  • Mayes: 60 (4 deaths) (32 recovered)
  • McClain: 120 (4 deaths) (106 recovered)
  • McCurtain: 189 (2 deaths) (100 recovered)
  • McIntosh: 25 (1 death) (13 recovered)
  • Murray: 12 (7 recovered)
  • Muskogee: 80 (8 deaths) (49 recovered)
  • Noble: 24 (10 recovered)
  • Nowata: 27 (1 death) (22 recovered)
  • Okfuskee: 7 (6 recovered)
  • Oklahoma: 1,861 (65 deaths) (1,386 recovered)
  • Okmulgee: 32 (28 recovered)
  • Osage: 124 (8 deaths) (97 recovered)
  • Ottawa: 42 (2 deaths) (34 recovered)
  • Pawnee: 41 (2 deaths) (35 recovered)
  • Payne: 179 (1 death) (52 recovered)
  • Pittsburg: 47 (3 deaths) (39 recovered)
  • Pontotoc: 24 (2 deaths) (18 recovered)
  • Pottawatomie : 79 (4 deaths) (62 recovered)
  • Pushmataha: 7 (4 recovered)
  • Rogers: 113 (5 deaths) (83 recovered)
  • Seminole: 31 (3 deaths) (28 recovered)
  • Sequoyah: 21 (3 deaths) (15 recovered)
  • Stephens: 48 (1 death) (40 recovered)
  • Texas: 976 (6 deaths) (956 recovered)
  • Tillman: 23 (1 death) (22 recovered)
  • Tulsa: 1,945 (65 deaths) (1,226 recovered)
  • Wagoner: 189 (17 deaths) (140 recovered)
  • Washington: 361 (38 deaths) (309 recovered)
  • Washita: 3 (1 recovered)
  • Woods: 5 (4 recovered)
  • Woodward: 11 (6 recovered).

There are two new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total so far to 366.

Thursday’s OSDH report states that 7,071 people in Oklahoma have recovered from COVID-19.

There are currently 211 people hospitalized, including 129 confirmed cases and 82 persons under investigation. That’s a 16 percent increase in hospitalization since the Wednesday.

Instead, the Oklahoma State Department of Health identifies a person as recovered if they are currently not hospitalized or deceased and it has been 14 days since the onset of their symptoms or since they were diagnosed.

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State officials urge Oklahomans to stay away from ill patients and to frequently wash their hands. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

At this point, Americans are urged to practice ‘social distancing’ by staying in their homes as much as possible and not going out into a crowd.

The virus is mainly spread from person-to-person, and symptoms usually appear two to 14 days after exposure. Officials stress that the most common symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

If you do become sick, you are asked to stay away from others. If you have been in an area where the coronavirus is known to be spreading or been around a COVID-19 patient and develop symptoms, you are asked to call your doctor ahead of time and warn them that you might have been exposed to the virus. That way, experts say, they have the ability to take extra precautions to protect staff and other patients.

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The novel coronavirus was first detected in China late last year and has since spread to locations across the globe, including the United States.

While the full extent of COVID-19 is not known yet, reported illnesses have ranged from extremely mild to severe, some resulting in death. Officials say that 80 to 85 percent of cases of COVID-19 have been mild, similar to a cold or the flu.

Older people and those with underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes are at a greater risk for a serious case.

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