1,164 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, 14 More Virus-Related Deaths Reported, State Health Officials Say

Tuesday, September 22nd 2020, 11:02 am
By: LeighAnne Manwarren

Fourteen more virus-related deaths and 1,164 new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Monday, according to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

A total of 79,072 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 in confirmed tests and the total number of deaths went up to 962, the state health department said on Tuesday.

Three of the 14 deaths happened in the last 24 hours.

Two women aged 65 or older died in Oklahoma County.

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

Two people died in Wagoner County; a woman and a man aged 65 or older.

One man aged 65 or older died in Tulsa County. One man aged 65 or older died in Canadian County. One woman aged 65 or older died in Grady County.

One man aged 65 or older died in Mayes County. One man aged 65 or older died in McCurtain County. One woman aged 65 or older died in Rogers County.

One man aged 36 to 49 died in Seminole County. One man aged 50 to 64 died in Woodward County.

The health department said 12,628 cases are considered active in the state.

A total of 5,996 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 628 Oklahomans currently in the hospital.

So far, 65,482 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 541 more cases considered recovered since Monday. 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 Tuesday morning, 1,022,767 tests have returned negative since testing began in February.

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

On Sept. 8, the state health department said it has begun the transition to include antigen test results to the state's data collection and reporting system. A positive antigen test result is considered a "probable" case, while a positive molecular test result is consider a "confirmed" case.

Antigen testing is a rapid test that can be completed in less than an hour. Molecular tests usually take days before results are made available.

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. 

Previous Day: OSDH: 1,101 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, 2 More 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.