State Health Department Reports 124 More Coronavirus Cases, 1 More Virus-Related Death

Friday, May 15th 2020, 11:04 am
By: News 9

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 124 more confirmed coronavirus cases and one more virus-related death since Thursday, according to numbers released Friday morning.

A total of 5,086 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 285 total virus-related deaths have been reported, the state health department said Friday.

The one additional death in the last 24 hours happened to a Washington County female in the 65 and older age group.

A total of 863 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 215 patients currently in the hospital.

As of Friday, a total of 112,755 tests have returned negative. This includes state testing and private lab testing since February.

So far, 3,801 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 141 more cases considered recovered since Thursday. Health officials said recovered means the patient is not hospitalized or deceased and it has been 14 days since the onset of symptoms or report.

Click here to view the state's COVID-19 data

On April 28, Gov. Kevin Stitt said anyone who wished to take a COVID-19 test could do so even if they are not presenting symptoms.

Related: Gov. Stitt Presents State's Coronavirus Figures To Show Oklahoma Is Ready To Reopen

On April 22, Stitt introduced his multi-phase plan for reopening the state beginning with plans to reopen personal care businesses on Friday by appointment only. 

Read more: Governor Stitt Releases 3-Phase Plan To Reopen Oklahoma 

Oklahoma City and Tulsa started reopening on Friday, May 1, after they allowed their shelter in place orders expire.

Stitt issued an executive order April 2 declaring a health emergency in all 77 Oklahoma counties.

More: Gov. Stitt Declares Health Emergency To Strengthen State's Coronavirus Response 

The state health department advises anyone with COVID-19 symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever or coughing to stay home and limit person-to-person engagement. 

Related: OSDH: 110 More Oklahomans Test Positive For Coronavirus; 6 Additional Virus-Related Deaths Reported

The state coronavirus hotline is open 24 hours and the number is 877-215-8336 or 211. For a list of coronavirus (COVID-19) links and resources, click here.