Number of COVID-19 deaths in Oklahoma rises by 12

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Health experts say the number of deaths related to COVID-19 in Oklahoma has increased by 12.

On Wednesday, data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that the state has had 72,284 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March.

That’s an increase of 970 cases in the past 24 hours, or a 1.4% increase.

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Officials say there were 12 additional deaths, meaning the death toll stands at 924.

Right now, officials say there are 528 people who are hospitalized with either a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID-19.

The breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma counties is as follows:

  • Adair: 545 (10 deaths) (432 recovered)
  • Alfalfa: 37 (18 recovered)
  • Atoka: 246 (1 death) (164 recovered)
  • Beaver: 47 (44 recovered)
  • Beckham: 200 (1 death) (128 recovered)
  • Blaine: 99 (1 death) (83 recovered)
  • Bryan: 778 (4 deaths) (638 recovered)
  • Caddo: 668 (20 deaths) (564 recovered)
  • Canadian: 1,798 (16 deaths) (1,574 recovered)
  • Carter: 479 (8 deaths) (417 recovered)
  • Cherokee: 910 (7 deaths) (691 recovered)
  • Choctaw: 286 (2 deaths) (248 recovered)
  • Cimarron: 22 (17 recovered)
  • Cleveland: 5,232 (68 deaths) (4,199 recovered)
  • Coal: 66 (61 recovered)
  • Comanche: 1,414 (12 deaths) (1,269 recovered)
  • Cotton: 65 (3 deaths) (43 recovered)
  • Craig: 399 (1 death) (152 recovered)
  • Creek: 1,011 (29 deaths) (837 recovered)
  • Custer: 433 (354 recovered)
  • Delaware: 653 (23 deaths) (546 recovered)
  • Dewey: 51 (1 death) (22 recovered)
  • Ellis: 7 (6 recovered)
  • Garfield: 1,382 (17 deaths) (1,055 recovered)
  • Garvin: 322 (4 deaths) (266 recovered)
  • Grady: 749 (7 deaths) (548 recovered)
  • Grant: 36 (29 recovered)
  • Greer: 99 (8 deaths) (81 recovered)
  • Harmon: 44 (38 recovered)
  • Harper: 25 (20 recovered)
  • Haskell: 233 (4 deaths) (168 recovered)
  • Hughes: 267 (4 deaths) (220 recovered)
  • Jackson: 670 (10 deaths) (606 recovered)
  • Jefferson: 38 (33 recovered)
  • Johnston: 129 (4 deaths) (110 recovered)
  • Kay: 459 (13 deaths) (334 recovered)
  • Kingfisher: 308 (2 deaths) (276 recovered)
  • Kiowa: 61 (2 deaths) (46 recovered)
  • Latimer: 127 (2 deaths) (109 recovered)
  • Le Flore: 904 (16 deaths) (755 recovered)
  • Lincoln: 371 (9 deaths) (306 recovered)
  • Logan: 374 (1 death) (317 recovered)
  • Love: 155 (1 death) (124 recovered)
  • Major: 70 (1 death) (57 recovered)
  • Marshall: 163 (1 death) (135 recovered)
  • Mayes: 508 (10 deaths) (421 recovered)
  • McClain: 727 (6 deaths) (595 recovered)
  • McCurtain: 1,173 (32 deaths) (1,001 recovered)
  • McIntosh: 280 (4 deaths) (233 recovered)
  • Murray: 111 (1 death) (91 recovered)
  • Muskogee: 1,638 (21 deaths) (1,361 recovered)
  • Noble: 138 (2 deaths) (113 recovered)
  • Nowata: 126 (3 deaths) (107 recovered)
  • Okfuskee: 120 (4 deaths) (100 recovered)
  • Oklahoma: 15,694 (178 deaths) (13,681 recovered)
  • Okmulgee: 736 (5 deaths) (624 recovered)
  • Osage: 752 (13 deaths) (666 recovered)
  • Other: 56
  • Ottawa: 742 (4 deaths) (608 recovered)
  • Pawnee: 235 (3 deaths) (218 recovered)
  • Payne: 1,879 (5 deaths) (1,437 recovered)
  • Pittsburg: 840 (19 deaths) (606 recovered)
  • Pontotoc: 309 (3 deaths) (257 recovered)
  • Pottawatomie: 1,100 (9 deaths) (903 recovered)
  • Pushmataha: 139 (1 death) (129 recovered)
  • Roger Mills: 20 (1 death) (13 recovered)
  • Rogers: 1,601 (46 deaths) (1,320 recovered)
  • Seminole: 385 (5 deaths) (324 recovered)
  • Sequoyah: 730 (9 deaths) (581 recovered)
  • Stephens: 350 (5 deaths) (248 recovered)
  • Texas: 1,375 (8 deaths) (1,217 recovered)
  • Tillman: 81 (2 deaths) (67 recovered)
  • Tulsa: 15,469 (149 deaths) (13,784 recovered)
  • Wagoner: 1,353 (23 deaths) (1,176 recovered)
  • Washington: 934 (40 deaths) (823 recovered)
  • Washita: 48 (39 recovered)
  • Woods: 35 (28 recovered)
  • Woodward: 168 (113 recovered).
A Nevada man was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 a second time.
A Nevada man was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 a second time.

In all, officials believe there are 10,334 active cases of COVID-19 across Oklahoma.

According to health department data on Tuesday, officials believe 61,026 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.

This electron microscope image made available and color-enhanced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Md., shows Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, orange, isolated from a patient. University of Hong Kong scientists claim to have the first evidence of someone being reinfected with the virus that causes COVID-19. They said Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 that genetic tests show a 33-year-old man returning to Hong Kong from a trip to Spain in mid-August had a different strain of the coronavirus than the one he’d previously been infected with in March. (NIAID/National Institutes of Health via AP)
(NIAID/National Institutes of Health via AP)

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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