Three more virus-related deaths and 438 new coronavirus cases in the state since Wednesday, according to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
A total of 11,948 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths went up to 375, the state health department said Thursday.
Three more deaths were reported and none of them happened in the last 24 hours.
Two women aged 65 or older and a man aged 65 or older died in Oklahoma County.
A total of 1,336 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 277 patients currently in the hospital.
So far, 8,507 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 363 more cases considered recovered since Wednesday. 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 Thursday, a total of 293,017 tests have returned negative. This includes state testing and private lab testing since February.
Dr. Dale Bratzler, the chief COVID officer for the University of Oklahoma said the recent increase in cases can’t be attributed to testing. In recent weeks, the number of tests performed have slightly increased, but are still significantly larger than amounts from April.
“I don’t think it’s related to testing at all, I think we’re seeing more community spread of this virus,” Bratzler. “This is exponential growth now.”
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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.
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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.
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The state coronavirus hotline is 877-215-8336 or 211. For a list of coronavirus (COVID-19) links and resources, click here.