OSDH: 91 More Oklahomans Test Positive For Coronavirus; 6 More Virus-Related Deaths Reported

Tuesday, May 19th 2020, 11:07 am
By: LeighAnne Manwarren

Six more virus-related deaths were reported and 91 more Oklahomans tested positive for COVID-19 since Monday, according to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

A total of 5,489 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 294 total virus-related deaths were reported, the state health department said Tuesday.

The six deaths happened between May 4 to 17.

Three people died in Oklahoma County; two women aged 65 or older and a man aged 65 or older.

Two women aged 65 or older died in Washington County.

One man aged 65 or older died in McIntosh County.

A total of 897 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 167 patients in the hospital as of Tuesday.

So far, 4,135 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 127 more cases considered recovered since Monday. 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.

As of Tuesday, a total of 133,658 tests have returned negative. This includes state testing and private lab testing since February.

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

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.