On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Department of Health reported 858 new COVID-19 cases.
That shatters the previous record high of 585 cases.
The new numbers have health experts once again calling for a mask mandate.
“I strongly believe we need to have a mask mandate,” said Dr. Dale Bratzler, OU’s chief COVID officer.
Bratzler said wearing masks will dramatically slow the transmission of the virus and data said wearing a mask could ultimately improve the economy.
There is research that suggests COVID-19 has mutated to become a more contagious virus, but not less dangerous, Bratzler said.
“The studies I have read suggest there is more virus in the nose of those people, so they spread it easier,” Bratzler said.
The state health department data shows 9.8% tested positive of the more than 25,000 tested over the three-day holiday weekend.
More people are being tested, but the infection rate is also increasing.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo added Oklahoma to a list of 19 states under a quarantine order when entering the state.
The number of current hospitalizations in Oklahoma has more doubles in the past three weeks and now stands at 426.