Seven new virus-related deaths and 699 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Thursday, according to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
A total of 24,140 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths went up to 445, the state health department said on Thursday.
Seven new deaths were reported but three of them happened in the last 24 hours.
A total of 2,289 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 604 patients currently in the hospital.
So far, 18,766 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 671 more cases considered recovered since Thursday. 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 Friday morning, a total of 440,904 tests have returned negative. This includes state testing and private lab testing since February.
New Deaths: One in Hughes County, male in the 36 - 49 age group. One in Pottawatomie County, male in the 65 or older age group. One in Rogers County, male in the 65 or older age group. One in Seminole County, male in the 65 or older age group. One in Texas County, female in the 36 -49 age group. Two in Tulsa County, one female and one male that are both in the 65 or older age group.
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On Wednesday, July 15, Gov. Stitt said he had tested positive for COVID-19.
On Tuesday, June 30, Gov. Kevin Stitt wore a face mask and "strongly encouraged" Oklahomans to follow CDC guidelines pertaining to face masks.
Dr. Dale Bratzler, the chief COVID officer for the University of Oklahoma said the recent increase in cases can’t be attributed to testing. In recent weeks, the number of tests performed have slightly increased, but are still significantly larger than amounts from April.
“I don’t think it’s related to testing at all, I think we’re seeing more community spread of this virus,” Bratzler. “This is exponential growth now.”
On April 28, Gov. Kevin 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.