Three more virus-related deaths and 737 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 28,802 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths went up to 477, the state health department said on Thursday.
Three deaths were identified Thursday and one happened in the last 24 hours, health officials said.
Two women aged 65 or older died in McCurtain County.
A man aged 50 to 64 died in Grady County.
A total of 2,596 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 607 patients currently in the hospital.
So far, 22,441 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 845 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, 485,206 tests have returned negative since testing began in February.
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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.
On April 28, 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.