Officials report Oklahoma COVID-19 spike as cases grow by 352 in 24 hours

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Less than 24 hours after the state health department announced a record spike in coronavirus case numbers, officials say

On Friday morning, data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that the state has had 9,706 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March. 

That’s an increase of 352 cases over the past 24 hours, or a 3.8% jump.

For the past week, health officials say they have seen a steady incline in cases across the state as more people go out in public and community spread increases.

The cases are in the following counties:

  • Adair: 103 (4 deaths) (89 recovered)
  • Alfalfa: 1 (1 recovered)
  • Atoka: 11 (4 recovered)
  • Beaver: 30 (30 recovered)
  • Beckham: 8 (7 recovered)
  • Blaine: 13 (9 recovered)
  • Bryan: 68 (1 death) (42 recovered)
  • Caddo: 181 (10 deaths) (160 recovered)
  • Canadian: 186 (3 deaths) (139 recovered)
  • Carter: 63 (1 death) (54 recovered)
  • Cherokee: 60 (1 death) (35 recovered)
  • Choctaw: 107 (1 death) (97 recovered)
  • Cimarron: 1 ( 1 recovered)
  • Cleveland: 620 (40 deaths) (500 recovered)
  • Coal: 6 (4 recovered)
  • Comanche: 361 (5 deaths) (309 recovered)
  • Cotton: 5 (2 deaths) (3 recovered)
  • Craig: 17 (16 recovered)
  • Creek: 121 (7 deaths) (97 recovered)
  • Custer: 45 (37 recovered)
  • Delaware: 114 (16 deaths) (86 recovered)
  • Dewey: 4 (2 recovered)
  • Garfield: 54 (1 death) (45 recovered)
  • Garvin: 41 (1 death) (19 recovered)
  • Grady: 123 (4 deaths) (109 recovered)
  • Grant: 2 (2 recovered)
  • Greer: 66 (7 deaths) (57 recovered)
  • Harper: 1 (1 recovered)
  • Haskell: 7 (6 recovered)
  • Hughes: 3 (3 recovered)
  • Jackson: 32 (3 deaths) (25 recovered)
  • Jefferson: 4 (4 recovered)
  • Johnston: 8 (5 recovered)
  • Kay: 77 (7 deaths) (54 recovered)
  • Kingfisher: 17 (12 recovered)
  • Kiowa: 6 (4 recovered)
  • Latimer: 7 (1 deaths) (5 recovered)
  • Le Flore: 25 (1 death) (15 recovered)
  • Lincoln: 25 (2 deaths) (20 recovered)
  • Logan: 26 (1 death) (20 recovered)
  • Love: 25 (19 recovered)
  • Major: 7 (1 death) (5 recovered)
  • Marshall: 21 (11 recovered)
  • Mayes: 60 (4 deaths) (34 recovered)
  • McClain: 121 (4 deaths) (106 recovered)
  • McCurtain: 200 (2 deaths) (108 recovered)
  • McIntosh: 27 (1 death) (13 recovered)
  • Murray: 13 (10 recovered)
  • Muskogee: 88 (9 deaths) (49 recovered)
  • Noble: 26 (11 recovered)
  • Nowata: 27 (1 death) (22 recovered)
  • Okfuskee: 6 (6 recovered)
  • Oklahoma: 1,946 (65 deaths) (1,418 recovered)
  • Okmulgee: 36 (31 recovered)
  • Osage: 125 (8 deaths) (97 recovered)
  • Ottawa: 42 (2 deaths) (34 recovered)
  • Pawnee: 46 (2 deaths) (35 recovered)
  • Payne: 208 (1 death) (53 recovered)
  • Pittsburg: 47 (3 deaths) (39 recovered)
  • Pontotoc: 24 (2 deaths) (19 recovered)
  • Pottawatomie : 80 (4 deaths) (62 recovered)
  • Pushmataha: 8 (5 recovered)
  • Rogers: 122 (5 deaths) (86 recovered)
  • Seminole: 33 (3 deaths) (29 recovered)
  • Sequoyah: 22 (3 deaths) (16 recovered)
  • Stephens: 48 (1 death) (40 recovered)
  • Texas: 977 (6 deaths) (957 recovered)
  • Tillman: 23 (1 death) (22 recovered)
  • Tulsa: 2,070 (65 deaths) (1,284 recovered)
  • Wagoner: 194 (17 deaths) (141 recovered)
  • Washington: 365 (38 deaths) (310 recovered)
  • Washita: 3 (1 recovered)
  • Woods: 5 (5 recovered)
  • Woodward: 12 (6 recovered).

Officials say there were three additional deaths to report, with one occurring in the past 24 hours.

  • A man in the 65 and older age group in Tulsa County
  • A woman in the 65 and older age group in Comanche County
  • A man in the 65 and older age group in Muskogee County.

Officials say the state has recorded 367 total deaths connected to COVID-19.

So far, there have been 1,209 hospitalizations across the state, and 211 patients are currently hospitalized.

According to health department data, officials believe 7,212 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.

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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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