COVID-19 in Oklahoma skyrockets again with 3,663 new cases, 21 more deaths

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma has seen another sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths with over 3,600 new cases and 21 more deaths.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Saturday that Oklahoma has 3,663 new COVID-19 cases.

The state has now had 170,924 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March. Oklahoma had a total of 167,261 cases on Friday.

With 21 more COVID-19 deaths, the total number of coronavirus deaths in Oklahoma since March stands at 1,624.

OSDH officials have not released the latest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Oklahoma, but officials reported on Friday that there were 1,428 people in Oklahoma hospitals with either a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 as of Friday.

There are 31,413 active COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma, 689 more than there were on Friday, a 2.2 percent increase.

OSDH reports that 137,887 people have recovered from COVID-19 since March.

Here is the breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma counties:

  • Adair: 1,129 (13 deaths) (893 recovered)
  • Alfalfa: 278 (151 recovered)
  • Atoka: 767 (1 death) (552 recovered)
  • Beaver: 157 (2 death) (121 recovered)
  • Beckham: 1,159 (17 deaths) (1,013 recovered)
  • Blaine: 317 (2 deaths) (256 recovered)
  • Bryan: 2,563 (18 deaths) (2,014 recovered)
  • Caddo: 1,594 (29 deaths) (1,300 recovered)
  • Canadian: 6,081 (27 deaths) (4,857 recovered)
  • Carter: 1,381 (13 deaths) (1,088 recovered)
  • Cherokee: 2,013 (10 deaths) (1,547 recovered)
  • Choctaw: 637 (4 deaths) (535 recovered)
  • Cimarron: 63 (51 recovered)
  • Cleveland: 11,418 (119 deaths) (9,511 recovered)
  • Coal: 244 (179 recovered)
  • Comanche: 3,988 (29 deaths) (3,178 recovered)
  • Cotton: 182 (3 deaths) (127 recovered)
  • Craig: 836 (2 deaths) (708 recovered)
  • Creek: 2,308 (43 deaths) (1,873 recovered)
  • Custer: 1,635 (11 deaths) (1,290 recovered)
  • Delaware: 1,740 (38 deaths) (1,447 recovered)
  • Dewey: 161 (1 death) (118 recovered)
  • Ellis: 112 (51 recovered)
  • Garfield: 3,290 (33 deaths) (2,719 recovered)
  • Garvin: 1,384 (11 deaths) (1,061 recovered)
  • Grady: 2,344 (20 deaths) (1,915 recovered)
  • Grant: 187 (3 deaths) (150 recovered)
  • Greer: 217 (8 deaths) (167 recovered)
  • Harmon: 96 (85 recovered)
  • Harper: 146 (2 deaths) (99 recovered)
  • Haskell: 601 (6 deaths) (486 recovered)
  • Hughes: 546 (7 deaths) (451 recovered)
  • Jackson: 1,638 (26 deaths) (1,345 recovered)
  • Jefferson: 166 (2 death) (105 recovered)
  • Johnston: 466 (4 deaths) (380 recovered)
  • Kay: 1,513 (22 deaths) (1,178 recovered)
  • Kingfisher: 788 (6 deaths) (660 recovered)
  • Kiowa: 288 (6 deaths) (221 recovered)
  • Latimer: 293 (3 deaths) (250 recovered)
  • Le Flore: 2,244 (26 deaths) (1,910 recovered)
  • Lincoln: 1,173 (25 deaths) (940 recovered)
  • Logan: 1,233 (3 deaths) (1,003 recovered)
  • Love: 496 (1 death) (362 recovered)
  • Major: 376 (2 death) (280 recovered)
  • Marshall: 601 (3 deaths) (456 recovered)
  • Mayes: 1,386 (17 deaths) (1,084 recovered)
  • McClain: 2,150 (16 deaths) (1,695 recovered)
  • McCurtain: 2,177 (44 deaths) (1,752 recovered)
  • McIntosh: 737 (13 deaths) (588 recovered)
  • Murray: 540 (4 deaths) (419 recovered)
  • Muskogee: 3,802 (30 deaths) (2,678 recovered)
  • Noble: 364 (4 deaths) (278 recovered)
  • Nowata: 372 (4 deaths) (307 recovered)
  • Okfuskee: 891 (13 deaths) (644 recovered)
  • Oklahoma: 34,709 (275 deaths) (27,145 recovered)
  • Okmulgee: 1,647 (17 deaths) (1,394 recovered)
  • Osage: 1,822 (18 deaths) (1,560 recovered)
  • Other: 89 (8 recovered)
  • Ottawa: 1,601 (22 deaths) (1,391 recovered)
  • Pawnee: 502 (6 deaths) (413 recovered)
  • Payne: 3,833 (17 deaths) (3,269 recovered)
  • Pittsburg: 1,745 (21 deaths) (1,456 recovered)
  • Pontotoc: 1,644 (10 deaths) (1,205 recovered)
  • Pottawatomie: 3,054 (23 deaths) (2,541 recovered)
  • Pushmataha: 389 (6 deaths) (335 recovered)
  • Roger Mills: 135 (5 deaths) (95 recovered)
  • Rogers: 3,624 (63 deaths) (2,848 recovered)
  • Seminole: 1,141 (10 deaths) (965 recovered)
  • Sequoyah: 1,684 (14 deaths) (1,432 recovered)
  • Stephens: 1,369 (13 deaths) (1,003 recovered)
  • Texas: 2,193 (11 deaths) (2,005 recovered)
  • Tillman: 275 (5 deaths) (215 recovered)
  • Tulsa: 29,516 (254 deaths) (24,471 recovered)
  • Wagoner: 2,511 (35 deaths) (2,162 recovered)
  • Washington: 1,790 (44 deaths) (1,518 recovered)
  • Washita: 315 (2 deaths) (220 recovered)
  • Woods: 417 (1 death) (253 recovered)
  • Woodward: 1,651 (6 deaths) (1,455 recovered)
A Nevada man was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 a second time.
A Nevada man was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 a second time.

Although the CDC recommends patients be tested twice to determine if they have recovered, health department officials say they are preserving tests for patients who are sick.

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.

This electron microscope image made available and color-enhanced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Md., shows Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, orange, isolated from a patient. University of Hong Kong scientists claim to have the first evidence of someone being reinfected with the virus that causes COVID-19. They said Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 that genetic tests show a 33-year-old man returning to Hong Kong from a trip to Spain in mid-August had a different strain of the coronavirus than the one he’d previously been infected with in March. (NIAID/National Institutes of Health via AP)
(NIAID/National Institutes of Health via AP)

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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