Confirmed COVID-19 cases nearing 7,000 in state since March

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As more businesses continue to open amid the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials say Oklahomans should still take precautions because the virus is still circulating in the community.

On Thursday morning, data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that the state has had 6,907 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March. Data pix.

That’s an increase of 102 cases in the past 24 hours.

The cases are in the following counties:

  • Adair: 93 (4 deaths) (78 recovered)
  • Alfalfa: 1 (1 recovered)
  • Atoka: 4 (2 recovered)
  • Beaver: 24 (24 recovered)
  • Beckham: 7 (6 recovered)
  • Blaine: 8 (6 recovered)
  • Bryan: 33 (1 death) (21 recovered)
  • Caddo: 168 (10 deaths) (140 recovered)
  • Canadian: 137 (3 deaths) (124 recovered)
  • Carter: 51 (1 death) (26 recovered)
  • Cherokee: 31 (1 death) (27 recovered)
  • Choctaw: 90 (1 death) (22 recovered)
  • Cimarron: 1 ( 1 recovered)
  • Cleveland: 514 (37 deaths) (456 recovered)
  • Coal: 3 (1 recovered)
  • Comanche: 293 (3 deaths) (267 recovered)
  • Cotton: 5 (2 deaths) (3 recovered)
  • Craig: 15 (15 recovered)
  • Creek: 98 (7 deaths) (84 recovered)
  • Custer: 31 (14 recovered)
  • Delaware: 100 (16 deaths) (83 recovered)
  • Dewey: 3 (2 recovered)
  • Garfield: 28 (1 death) (24 recovered)
  • Garvin: 18 (1 death) (14 recovered)
  • Grady: 104 (3 deaths) (74 recovered)
  • Grant: 2 (2 recovered)
  • Greer: 66 (7 deaths) (59 recovered)
  • Harper: 1 (1 recovered)
  • Haskell: 6 (6 recovered)
  • Hughes: 3
  • Jackson: 27 (3 deaths) (20 recovered)
  • Jefferson: 4 (4 recovered)
  • Johnston: 3 (3 recovered)
  • Kay: 57 (7 deaths) (47 recovered)
  • Kingfisher: 12 (11 recovered)
  • Kiowa: 6 (4 recovered)
  • Latimer: 5 (1 deaths) (4 recovered)
  • Le Flore: 14 (1 death) (13 recovered)
  • Lincoln: 22 (2 deaths) (19 recovered)
  • Logan: 19 (1 death) (18 recovered)
  • Love: 16 (15 recovered)
  • Major: 6 (1 death) (5 recovered)
  • Marshall: 10 (7 recovered)
  • Mayes: 31 (4 deaths) (27 recovered)
  • McClain: 107 (3 deaths) (97 recovered)
  • McCurtain: 77 (1 death) (29 recovered)
  • McIntosh: 14 (1 death) 11 recovered)
  • Murray: 5 (3 recovered)
  • Muskogee: 60 (6 deaths) (30 recovered)
  • Noble: 7 (7 recovered)
  • Nowata: 23 (22 recovered)
  • Okfuskee: 5 (3 recovered)
  • Oklahoma: 1,328 (63 deaths) (1,146 recovered)
  • Okmulgee: 25 (23 recovered)
  • Osage: 102 (8 deaths) (86 recovered)
  • Ottawa: 35 (2 deaths) (33 recovered)
  • Pawnee: 32 (2 deaths) 27 recovered)
  • Payne: 48 (1 death) (44 recovered)
  • Pittsburg: 41 (3 deaths) (37 recovered)
  • Pontotoc: 15 (2 deaths) (8 recovered)
  • Pottawatomie : 63 (4 deaths) (53 recovered)
  • Pushmataha: 5 ( 2 recovered)
  • Rogers: 83 (5 deaths) (73 recovered)
  • Seminole: 30 (2 deaths) (21 recovered)
  • Sequoyah: 16 (3 deaths) (11 recovered)
  • Stephens: 41 (1 death) (37 recovered)
  • Texas: 944 (6 deaths) (888 recovered)
  • Tillman: 23 (1 death) (21 recovered)
  • Tulsa: 1,109 (59 deaths) (877 recovered)
  • Wagoner: 151 (17 deaths) (128 recovered)
  • Washington: 338 (36 deaths) (276 recovered)
  • Washita: 2 (1 recovered)
  • Woods: 3 (3 recovered)
  • Woodward: 5 (4 recovered.)

Officials reported two additional deaths, bringing the total to 344. Officials say one occurred in the past 24 hours, and the others died between May 22-June 2.

So far, there have been 1,014 hospitalizations across the state, and 148 patients are currently hospitalized.

According to health department data, officials believe 5,781 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.

image of a test tube with covid-19 marked positive
(Photo by Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images)

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.

Starbucks closing down eating areas amid coronavirus
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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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