OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Officials say 39 additional Oklahomans have died from COVID-19 as cases continue to climb.
On Thursday, data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that the state has had 315,354 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March.
That’s an increase of 3,781 cases or a 1.2% increase.
There were 39 additional deaths caused by the virus, bringing the state’s total number of deaths to 2,672.
Right now, officials say there are 1,987 people in Oklahoma hospitals with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
A breakdown of COVID-19 cases across Oklahoma was not available.
In all, officials believe there are 34,854 active cases of COVID-19 across Oklahoma.
According to health department data on Thursday, officials believe 277,828 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.
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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