OSDH: 544 More Oklahomans Test Positive For COVID-19; 4 New Virus-Related Deaths Reported

Sunday, August 16th 2020, 11:05 am
By: News 9, News On 6


Four new virus-related death and 544 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Saturday, according to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

A total of 48,342 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths increased to 661, the state health department said on Sunday. So far, 40,224 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 317 more cases considered recovered since Saturday. 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.

OSDH says there are 7,457 active cases in the state an increase of 223 since Saturday. A total of 4,013 Oklahomans have been hospitalized since the pandemic began with 15 more people hospitalized in the past 24 hours.

Click here to view the state's COVID-19 data.

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. 

Related: OSDH: 1,244 More Oklahomans Test Positive For COVID-19; 8 New 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.