88 More Oklahomans Test Positive For Coronavirus; No New Virus-Related Deaths Reported, OSDH Says

Monday, May 18th 2020, 11:03 am
By: News 9

For the second day in a row, no new virus-related deaths were reported, but 88 more Oklahomans tested positive for COVID-19 since Sunday, according to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

A total of 5,398 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of virus-related deaths stayed steady at 288, the state health department said Monday.

A total of 885 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 180 patients in the hospital as of Friday.

So far, 4,008 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 25 more cases considered recovered since Sunday. 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: State Health Department Reports 73 New Coronavirus Cases, 0 New Virus-Related Deaths

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.