Twenty-five more virus-related deaths were identified and 1,707 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 204,048 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of virus-related deaths increased to 1,836, the state health department said on Thursday.
The new COVID-19 cases number might be lower Thursday due to several testing sites being closed in northwest Oklahoma due to the winter weather storm.
While 25 deaths were identified Thursday, 24 new deaths were reported since Wednesday. The state health department said one death was removed from the report for further investigation.
Four people died in Oklahoma County; a man and a woman aged 50 to 64, a woman aged 65 or older and a man aged 36 to 49.
Four people died in Tulsa County; one woman and three men aged 65 or older.
Two people died in Cleveland County; one woman aged 50 to 64 and a man aged 65 or older.
Two women aged 65 or older died in Jackson County.
Two people died in Payne County; a man and a woman aged 65 or older.
A woman aged 65 or older died in Comanche County. A man aged 65 or older died in Custer County. A woman aged 65 or older died in Kay County.
A man aged 50 to 64 died in Kingfisher County. A woman aged 65 or older died in Major County. A man aged 50 to 64 died in Muskogee County.
One man aged 65 or older died in Pontotoc County. One man aged 65 or older died in Rogers County. One woman aged 65 or older died in Texas County.
One man aged 65 or older died in Tillman County. One man aged 65 or older died in Washington County.
The health department said 28,043 cases are considered active in the state.
A total of 12,773 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 1,542 currently in acute care OSDH licensed facilities and 106 currently in other types of facilities.
So far, 174,169 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 3,264 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, 1,957,441 tests have returned negative since testing began in February.
As cases and hospitalizations continued to spike upward, Gov. Kevin Stitt issued new actions to help combat the spread.
On Thursday, Nov. 19, bars and restaurants will close at 11 p.m. for in-person service and tables will have to be spaced six feet apart or dividers will have to be used.
A mask mandate was issued for state employees and for people wishing to have access to state buildings.
The state health department corrected Nov. 7's daily total on Nov. 8, and opted to not release a new daily COVID-19 totals from Saturday to Sunday.
Health officials said it removed the duplicate cases from the total but it only dropped the total cases down from 4,741 to 4,507, a 234 drop.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye issued the following statement on Nov. 8:
"Today’s individual case number, 4,507, is a corrected version of yesterday’s number with all duplicate cases removed. Today we will not be releasing a new daily case number, allowing our data reporting system to catch up and ensure duplications are removed from the daily number prior to release moving forward. Starting tomorrow, the daily number released will not include any duplicates. We are committed to giving the public and media accurate and transparent data, and this will ensure the daily number reflects the actual case count. We will continue to point to the 7-day average, percent positivity and hospitalizations in addition to the daily number to give a more complete picture of trends. We have no reason to believe our revised number is an anomaly, but instead shows community spread is occurring. We continue to urge all Oklahomans to take this highly-contagious virus seriously and act immediately to avoid large gatherings, wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance to others. Together we can bring these numbers down and protect our friends, family and neighbors."
Stitt released a statement on Nov. 7 and asked Oklahomans "to do the right thing" and to follow CDC guidelines -- practice social distancing, wear a face mask and wash your hands regularly -- to help slow the spread.
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, 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.