Three new virus-related deaths and 603 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Wednesday, according to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
A total of 18,496 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths went up to 410, the state health department said Thursday.
Three deaths were reported but none of them happened in the last 24 hours.
One man aged 65 or older died in Muskogee County. One man aged 50 to 64 died in Oklahoma County. One woman aged 65 or older died in Pawnee County.
A total of 1,893 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 453 patients are currently in the hospital.
So far, 14,100 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 562 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 morning, a total of 383,258 tests have returned negative. This includes state testing and private lab testing since February.
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On Tuesday, June 30, Gov. Kevin Stitt wore a face mask and "strongly encouraged" Oklahomans to follow CDC guidelines pertaining to face masks.
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.”
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.
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.
The state coronavirus hotline is 877-215-8336 or 211. For a list of coronavirus (COVID-19) links and resources, click here.