705 More COVID-19 Cases, 11 Additional Virus-Related Deaths Reported, OSDH Says


Thursday, August 13th 2020, 11:01 am
By: LeighAnne Manwarren


Eleven new virus-related deaths and 705 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 46,103 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths went up to 638, the state health department said on Thursday.

Out of the 11 deaths, two happened in the last 24 hours.

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

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

One man aged 65 or older died in Caddo County. One woman aged 65 or older died in Garfield County. One woman aged 65 or older died in Haskell County.

One man aged 65 or older died in Latimer County. One man aged 65 or older died in Lincoln County. One woman aged 65 or older died in Rogers County.

The state health department said 6,810 Oklahomans are considered active COVID-19 cases.

A total of 3,901 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 600 patients currently in the hospital.

So far, 38,655 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 795 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, 685,169 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: OSDH: 670 New COVID-19 Cases, 9 Additional Virus-Related Deaths Reported

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