OSDH: 670 New COVID-19 Cases, 9 Additional Virus-Related Deaths Reported


Wednesday, August 12th 2020, 11:00 am
By: LeighAnne Manwarren


Nine new virus-related deaths and 670 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 45,398 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths went up to 627, the state health department said on Wednesday.

None of the nine deaths happened in the last 24 hours.

Four people died in Oklahoma County; one woman aged 50 to 64, one woman and two men aged 65 or older.

Two people died in Tulsa County; a woman aged 50 to 64 and a man aged 65 or older.

A woman aged 65 or older died in Creek County. A man aged 65 or older died in Mayes County. A man aged 65 or older died in Rogers County.

The state health department said 6,783 Oklahomans are considered active COVID-19 cases.

A total of 3,842 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 519 patients currently in the hospital.

So far, 37,988 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 795 more cases considered recovered since Tuesday. 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 Wednesday morning, 676,709 tests have returned negative since testing began in February.

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

On 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: Health Officials Report 765 More COVID-19 Cases, 13 Additional Virus-Related Deaths In Okla.

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