Tulsa Health Department Sees Highest Day Of Positive COVID-19 Cases


Friday, June 12th 2020, 5:15 pm
By: Mallory Thomas


TULSA, Okla. -

Friday, Tulsa County reported the single highest day of positive COVID-19 cases.

Tulsa Health Department attributed the increase to more people getting out of their homes and interacting with others.

Tulsa Health Department said just a few weeks ago, more people were staying home. So, when someone became infected, the people most at risk were their family. Now, more people are getting out and the risk of exposure has grown.

"People are moving about more and coming into contact with more individuals that also create more opportunities for the virus to spread among people," said Leanne Stephens with the Tulsa Health Department.

Thursday, THD reported 64 new positive cases in one day. Friday, the number jumped up to 71 for Tulsa County. Stephens said epidemiologists have traced some of those infected cases to indoor gatherings.

"Settings that could lead to risk of exposure would be things like even weddings, funerals, gatherings in large settings where you're seated for a prolonged period of time," said Stephens.

Since Tulsa County's first positive reported case of the virus happened in March, there have been 1,443 cases reported and 1,008 people have recovered.

Friday, 154 people were in Oklahoma hospitals with COVID-19. The Health Department said they aren't worried about the system being overrun. They still said it's important to wash your hands often, clean frequently touched items, stay six feet apart, and wear a mask in public.