OSDH: 794 New COVID-19 Cases, 6 Additional Virus-Related Deaths Reported


Friday, August 14th 2020, 11:01 am
By: LeighAnne Manwarren


Six new virus-related deaths and 794 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Thursday, according to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

A total of 46,897 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths went up to 644, the state health department said on Friday.

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

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

One woman aged 65 or older died in Garfield County. One man aged 50 to 64 died in Osage County. One man aged 65 or older died in Rogers County.

The state health department said 6,971 Oklahomans are considered active COVID-19 cases.

A total of 3,953 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 567 patients currently in the hospital.

So far, 39,282 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 627 more cases considered recovered since Thursday. 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 Friday morning, 696,345 tests have returned negative since testing began in February.

Four more counties are now in the "orange" risk zone, according to the state's COVID-19 Alert System.

For orange and red counties, the state health department recommends individuals ages 11 and older wear face coverings in private settings, with exemptions including while eating at a restaurant, in a private office space or at a religious ceremony where physical distancing can be achieved.

Restaurant staff should wear face coverings and tables should maintain six feet of distance or more.

These recommendations are for the next four weeks.

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

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