OSDH: 186 More Oklahomans Test Positive For Coronavirus; No New Virus-Related Deaths Reported

Monday, June 15th 2020, 11:04 am
By: LeighAnne Manwarren

For the fourth day in a row, more than 150 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state, according to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

From Sunday to Monday, 186 more Oklahomans tested positive for coronavirus. No new virus-related deaths were reported.

A total of 8,417 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths remained static at 359, the state health department said Monday.

A total of 1,117 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 149 patients were in the hospital as of Friday evening.

So far, 6,628 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 50 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.

As of Friday evening, a total of 242,587 tests have returned negative. This includes state testing and private lab testing since February.

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

Officials said the rise in cases was expected as the state reopened but some health officials said the spike in new cases is alarming.

More: Watch: Dr. Bratzler On Why Oklahoma No Longer Meets COVID-19 Requirements To Reopen

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 health officials and Stitt said the coronavirus data was trending downward and was safe to proceed to phase 3 of the reopening plan on June 1.

More: Oklahoma To Begin Phase 3 Of 'Open Up & Recover Safely' Plan

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: 158 New Coronavirus Cases Across Oklahoma; 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.