743 New COVID-19 Cases, 13 More Virus-Related Deaths Reported In State, OSDH Says

Wednesday, October 28th 2020, 11:06 am
By: LeighAnne Manwarren

Thirteen more virus-related deaths and 743 new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Tuesday, according to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

A total of 119,152 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 in confirmed tests and the total number of deaths increased to 1,286 the state health department said on Wednesday.

Two of the 13 deaths happened in the last 24 hours.

Three men aged 65 or older died in Tulsa County.

Three men aged 65 or older died in Cleveland County.

Two men aged 65 or older died in LeFlore County.

One woman aged 65 or older died in Mayes County. One woman aged 50 to 64 died in McClain County. One man aged 50 to 64 died in McCurtain County.

One man aged 65 or older died in Okfuskee County. One man aged 65 or older died in Ottawa County.

The health department said 15,074 cases are considered active in the state.

A total of 8,609 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 885 Oklahomans are currently in the hospital.

So far, 102,792 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 1,136 more cases considered recovered since Tuesday. 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 Wednesday morning, 1,456,714 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: 1,010 New COVID-19 Cases, 22 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.