OSDH: 918 New COVID-19 Cases, 13 More Virus-Related Deaths Reported

Wednesday, July 22nd 2020, 11:26 am
By: LeighAnne Manwarren

Thirteen more virus-related deaths and 918 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Tuesday, according to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

A total of 28,065 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths went up to 474, the state health department said on Wednesday.

Five deaths happened in Oklahoma County; three women and two men aged 65 or older died.

Thirteen deaths were reported and two happened in the last 24 hours.

Three deaths happened in McCurtain County; one woman and two men aged 65 or older died.

Two deaths happened in Muskogee County; a woman and a man aged 65 or older died.

Two people died in Tulsa County; a woman aged 36 to 49 and a man aged 65 or older.

A man aged 65 or older died in Seminole County.

A total of 2,540 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 630 patients currently in the hospital.

As of Wednesday, 478,297 tests have returned negative since testing began in February.

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

On Wednesday, July 15, Gov. Kevin Stitt said he had tested positive for COVID-19, making him the first governor in the country to test positive for the virus. He has since posted video updates of concerning his health and quarantine.

Oklahoma reported its first child death related to the virus on July 12. The child was a 13-year-old daughter of a soldier stationed at Fort Sill.

Shortly after the report of the girl's death, state Superintendent Joy Hofmeister recommended for all Oklahomans to wear face masks to allow the safely reopening of schools in the fall.

On June 30, Stitt wore a face mask and "strongly encouraged" Oklahomans to follow CDC guidelines pertaining to face masks.

More: Gov. Stitt Recommends Wearing Face Masks During Update Concerning COVID-19 In State

On April 28, 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

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: 894 New COVID-19 Cases Reported Tuesday In State, 820 More Cases Found In Backlog

The state coronavirus hotline is 877-215-8336 or 211. For a list of coronavirus (COVID-19) links and resources, click here.