OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Officials say more than 7,900 Oklahomans have died from COVID-19.
On Friday, data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that the state has had 439,149 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March of 2020.
That’s an increase of 372 cases.
State health officials say they are now including the CDC’s number of COVID-19 deaths as a provisional count.
As a result of that inclusion, the deaths jumped to 7,932 on Friday.
Officials say there are 203 Oklahomans hospitalized with COVID-19 right now.
Health leaders say that almost 1.9 million Oklahomans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Officials announced that they were changing the way they provide COVID-19 data to the public. As a result, many of the categories will not be available on a daily basis.
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.