Oklahoma State Health Dept. Explains Spike Of Reported Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases On Tuesdays


Tuesday, May 5th 2020, 6:00 am
By: Joseph Holloway


TULSA -

Each weekday Oklahoma State Department of Health releases the updated number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, but if you've started to notice trends on certain days of the week health officials say there's an explanation for this.

A spokesperson for the State Health Department says the numbers usually spike on Tuesdays because the number of weekend cases and deaths are reported on Monday.

Shelly Zumwalt with the state says death reports can be delayed up to a few days in some cases because they’re trying to make sure COVID-19 is truly the cause - and verifying an exact location.

As far as future predictions, Zumwalt says to expect to see more positive cases in coming weeks due to increased testing for asymptomatic individuals and reopening.

Hospitals might also see more patients, but the state says it’s fully prepared with plenty of hospital beds.

State health officials ask that you continue practicing social distancing and paying attention to CDC guidelines.