Health officials: 5,200 Oklahomans have recovered from COVID-19

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Health officials say Oklahoma has seen one of its smallest increases in daily coronavirus case numbers since the pandemic began in the Sooner State.

On Thursday morning, data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that the state has had 6,270 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March. Data pix.

According to the latest data, experts say there were only 41 new cases of the virus from Wednesday’s numbers, or a 0.7% increase.

The cases are in the following counties:

  • Adair: 84 (3 deaths) (68 recovered)
  • Alfalfa: 1 (1 recovered)
  • Atoka: 2 (2 recovered)
  • Beaver: 24 (23 recovered)
  • Beckham: 6 (6 recovered)
  • Blaine: 6 (2 recovered)
  • Bryan: 23 (1 death) (16 recovered)
  • Caddo: 154 (10 deaths) (111 recovered)
  • Canadian: 128 (3 deaths) (114 recovered)
  • Carter: 38 (1 death) (13 recovered)
  • Cherokee: 28 (1 death) (27 recovered)
  • Choctaw: 30 (1 death) (11 recovered)
  • Cimarron: 1 (1 recovered)
  • Cleveland: 496 (37 deaths) (431 recovered)
  • Coal: 1 (1 recovered)
  • Comanche: 278 (3 deaths) (220 recovered)
  • Cotton: 5 (2 deaths) (3 recovered)
  • Craig: 15 (14 recovered)
  • Creek: 93 (7 deaths) (80 recovered)
  • Custer: 13 (12 recovered)
  • Delaware: 100 (16 deaths) (79 recovered)
  • Dewey: 4 (2 recovered)
  • Garfield: 26 (1 death) (23 recovered)
  • Garvin: 16 (1 death) (14 recovered)
  • Grady: 83 (3 deaths) (62 recovered)
  • Grant: 2 (2 recovered)
  • Greer: 66 (7 deaths) (59 recovered)
  • Harper: 1 (1 recovered)
  • Haskell: 6 (6 recovered)
  • Jackson: 24 (3 deaths) (19 recovered)
  • Jefferson: 3 (3 recovered)
  • Johnston: 3 (3 recovered)
  • Kay: 52 (7 deaths) (42 recovered)
  • Kingfisher: 11 (10 recovered)
  • Kiowa: 6 (4 recovered)
  • Latimer: 5 (1 death) (4 recovered)
  • Le Flore: 14 (1 death) (11 recovered)
  • Lincoln: 22 (2 deaths) (18 recovered)
  • Logan: 19 (1 death) (17 recovered)
  • Love: 15 (4 recovered)
  • Major: 6 (1 death) (5 recovered)
  • Marshall: 8 (6 recovered)
  • Mayes: 30 (4 deaths) (25 recovered)
  • McClain: 103 (3 deaths) (85 recovered)
  • McCurtain: 33 (13 recovered)
  • McIntosh: 11 (1 death) (9 recovered)
  • Murray: 4 (3 recovered)
  • Muskogee: 43 (6 deaths) (27 recovered)
  • Noble: 7 (7 recovered)
  • Nowata: 23 (22 recovered)
  • Okfuskee: 3 (3 recovered)
  • Oklahoma: 1,241 (59 deaths) (1,089 recovered)
  • Okmulgee: 23 (18 recovered)
  • Osage: 94 (8 deaths) (82 recovered)
  • Ottawa: 35 (2 deaths) (33 recovered)
  • Pawnee: 30 (2 deaths) (27 recovered)
  • Payne: 45 (1 death) (44 recovered)
  • Pittsburg: 40 (3 deaths) (37 recovered)
  • Pontotoc: 11 (2 deaths) (8 recovered)
  • Pottawatomie : 59 (4 deaths) (52 recovered)
  • Pushmataha: 2 (1 recovered)
  • Rogers: 80 (5 deaths) (68 recovered)
  • Seminole: 24 (2 deaths) (19 recovered)
  • Sequoyah: 14 (3 deaths) (11 recovered)
  • Stephens: 37 (1 death) (24 recovered)
  • Texas: 904 (5 deaths) (801 recovered)
  • Tillman: 23 (1 death) (21 recovered)
  • Tulsa: 960 (49 deaths) (760 recovered)
  • Wagoner: 150 (17 deaths) (122 recovered)
  • Washington: 314 (35 deaths) (271 recovered)
  • Washita: 2 (1 recovered)
  • Woods: 3 (3 recovered)
  • Woodward: 4 (1 recovered.)

Authorities reported four additional deaths with most of them occurring between May 22 and May 26. Officials say one of the deaths occurred in the past 24 hours.

  • A man in the 65 and older age group in Oklahoma County
  • A woman in the 65 and older age group in Choctaw County
  • A woman in the 65 and older age group in Jackson County
  • A man in the 65 and older age group in McClain County.

So far, officials say 326 Oklahoma patients have died and 975 people have been hospitalized. Currently, 181 patients are hospitalized.

According to health department data, officials believe 5,236 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 tables blocked off
Tables at an Oklahoma City Starbucks are blocked off to prevent diners from eating in. Officials say it is all in an attempt to force social distancing.

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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