**Editors Note:** A previous version of this story listed the number of new cases as 4,741. The OSDH has since corrected that number to 4,507, removing duplicates CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Nine new virus-related deaths and 4,507 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Friday, according to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
"Today’s numbers is a backlog resulting from the continued transition from a manual to electronic reporting system at several labs across the state. Today’s number likely also contains some duplicated cases, which will be corrected in tomorrow’s numbers. We have reason to believe that our normal case count would have continued on an upward trajectory without the backlog and duplication," said OSDH in a statement with Saturday's numbers.
A total of 136,258 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 since the first case was reported.
The total number of virus-related deaths increased to 1,438 the state health department said on Saturday, none of which were identified in the past 24 hours.
o One in Cleveland County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
o One in Garfield County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
o One in Jackson County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
o One in Lincoln County, one male in the 50 - 64 age group.
o One in Oklahoma County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
o One in Osage County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
o One in Rogers County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
o One in Tulsa County, one female in the 50 - 64 age group.
o One in Washita County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
A total of 9,583 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 1,045 Oklahomans currently in the hospital.
As of Friday morning, 1,571,321 tests have returned negative since testing began in February.
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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.
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.