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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Officials say COVID-19 has led to 16 additional deaths and almost 1,700 hospitalizations in Oklahoma.

On Thursday, data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that the state has had 248,204 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March.

That’s an increase of 2,975 cases or a 1.2% increase.

There were 16 additional deaths caused by the virus, bringing the state’s total number of deaths to 2,144.

A medical worker takes a swab sample from a woman in Madrid, on Thursday while testing for potential coronavirus cases. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)
A medical worker takes a swab sample from a woman in Madrid, on Thursday while testing for potential coronavirus cases. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Right now, officials say there are 1,699 people in Oklahoma hospitals with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

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

  • Adair: 1,560 (13 deaths) (1,218 recovered)
  • Alfalfa: 816 (2 deaths) (563 recovered)
  • Atoka: 1,095 (2 deaths) (935 recovered)
  • Beaver: 281 (2 deaths) (247 recovered)
  • Beckham: 1,676 (19 deaths) (1,460 recovered)
  • Blaine: 551 (2 deaths) (478 recovered)
  • Bryan: 3,383 (26 deaths) (2,926 recovered)
  • Caddo: 2,447 (37 deaths) (2,125 recovered)
  • Canadian: 9,153 (45 deaths) (8,072 recovered)
  • Carter: 2,231 (16 deaths) (1,905 recovered)
  • Cherokee: 3,070 (14 deaths) (2,414 recovered)
  • Choctaw: 875 (6 deaths) (764 recovered)
  • Cimarron: 96 (88 recovered)
  • Cleveland: 16,260 (141 deaths) (14,149 recovered)
  • Coal: 388 (3 deaths) (322 recovered)
  • Comanche: 6,030 (50 deaths) (5,347 recovered)
  • Cotton: 359 (7 deaths) (305 recovered)
  • Craig: 1,253 (4 deaths) (1,030 recovered)
  • Creek: 3,374 (57 deaths) (2,904 recovered)
  • Custer: 2,559 (25 deaths) (2,271 recovered)
  • Delaware: 2,446 (42 deaths) (2,046 recovered)
  • Dewey: 360 (2 deaths) (289 recovered)
  • Ellis: 283 (243 recovered)
  • Garfield: 4,749 (41 deaths) (4,239 recovered)
  • Garvin: 1,928 (18 deaths) (1,675 recovered)
  • Grady: 3,369 (33 deaths) (3,046 recovered)
  • Grant: 302 (5 deaths) (242 recovered)
  • Greer: 332 (9 deaths) (297 recovered)
  • Harmon: 189 (150 recovered)
  • Harper: 322 (3 deaths) (288 recovered)
  • Haskell: 734 (7 deaths) (644 recovered)
  • Hughes: 701 (8 deaths) (603 recovered)
  • Jackson: 2,184 (35 deaths) (1,982 recovered)
  • Jefferson: 337 (2 deaths) (278 recovered)
  • Johnston: 689 (5 deaths) (569 recovered)
  • Kay: 2,605 (27 deaths) (2,120 recovered)
  • Kingfisher: 1,159 (8 deaths) (1,041 recovered)
  • Kiowa: 483 (10 deaths) (429 recovered)
  • Latimer: 397 (4 deaths) (333 recovered)
  • Le Flore: 3,048 (28 deaths) (2,700 recovered)
  • Lincoln: 1,793 (30 deaths) (1,517 recovered)
  • Logan: 2,086 (5 deaths) (1,756 recovered)
  • Love: 761 (1 death) (670 recovered)
  • Major: 632 (4 deaths) (587 recovered)
  • Marshall: 982 (4 deaths) (872 recovered)
  • Mayes: 2,076 (22 deaths) (1,704 recovered)
  • McClain: 3,078 (20 deaths) (2,718 recovered)
  • McCurtain: 2,558 (49 deaths) (2,274 recovered)
  • McIntosh: 1,079 (14 deaths) (868 recovered)
  • Murray: 910 (6 deaths) (744 recovered)
  • Muskogee: 5,577 (45 deaths) (4,621 recovered)
  • Noble: 803 (5 deaths) (643 recovered)
  • Nowata: 544 (7 deaths) (451 recovered)
  • Okfuskee: 1,226 (15 deaths) (1,064 recovered)
  • Oklahoma: 51,120 (389 deaths) (43,811 recovered)
  • Okmulgee: 2,175 (25 deaths) (1,856 recovered)
  • Osage: 2,493 (21 deaths) (2,186 recovered)
  • Other: 86 (32 recovered)
  • Ottawa: 2,216 (25 deaths) (1,908 recovered)
  • Pawnee: 834 (9 deaths) (673 recovered)
  • Payne: 5,167 (24 deaths) (4,591 recovered)
  • Pittsburg: 2,404 (23 deaths) (2,054 recovered)
  • Pontotoc: 2,542 (16 deaths) (2,160 recovered)
  • Pottawatomie: 4,626 (26 deaths) (4,020 recovered)
  • Pushmataha: 483 (6 deaths) (439 recovered)
  • Roger Mills: 235 (6 deaths) (184 recovered)
  • Rogers: 5,391 (77 deaths) (4,548 recovered)
  • Seminole: 1,523 (15 deaths) (1,296 recovered)
  • Sequoyah: 2,135 (16 deaths) (1,851 recovered)
  • Stephens: 2,350 (20 deaths) (1,978 recovered)
  • Texas: 2,764 (15 deaths) (2,550 recovered)
  • Tillman: 461 (8 deaths) (397 recovered)
  • Tulsa: 41,196 (331 deaths) (35,949 recovered)
  • Wagoner: 3,597 (41 deaths) (3,072 recovered)
  • Washington: 2,663 (52 deaths) (2,300 recovered)
  • Washita: 615 (3 deaths) (508 recovered)
  • Woods: 733 (3 deaths) (654 recovered)
  • Woodward: 2,216 (8 deaths) (2,047 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.

In all, officials believe there are 31,770 active cases of COVID-19 across Oklahoma.

According to health department data on Thursday, officials believe 214,290 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus.

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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