Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 11:01 p.m.
By: LeighAnne Manwarren
Eleven more virus-related deaths and 1,025 new confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since Monday, according to daily data released by the Oklahoma Department of Health.
A total of 86,219 Oklahoma residents tested positive for COVID-19 in confirmed tests, and the total number of deaths rose to 1,018, the state health department said Tuesday.
One of the 11 deaths occurred in the last 24 hours.
Two women aged 65 or over have died in Tulsa County.
Two men aged 65 or over have died in Rodgers County.
A man between the ages of 50 and 64 died in Oklahoma County. A man between the ages of 50 and 64 died in Beckham County. A man aged 65 or over died in Creek County.
A woman aged 65 or over died in Grant County. A woman aged 65 or over died in Okfuski County. A man aged 65 or over died in Payne County.
A man aged 65 or over died in Texas County.
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A total of 6,366 Oklahoma residents were hospitalized for the virus, 618 of whom are currently in hospital.
So far, 71,957 Oklahoma residents have recovered from the virus, with another 1,149 cases thought to have recovered as of Monday. Health officials said the recovery meant the patient was not hospitalized or died and 14 days had passed since the onset of symptoms or the message.
As of Tuesday morning, 1,106,184 tests had returned negative since the tests began in February.
Click here to see the data for the country COVID-19.
On September 8, the Department of Health said it had begun the transition to include the results of the antigen test in 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 considered a “confirmed” case.
The antigen test is a quick test that can be completed in less than an hour. Molecular tests usually take days before the results become available.
On July 15, Gov. Kevin Shield said he 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 on his health and quarantine.
Oklahoma announced its first childhood death from the virus on July 12. The child was the 13-year-old daughter of a soldier stationed at Fort Sill.
Shortly after the announcement of the girl’s death, Attorney General Joy Hoffmeister advised all Oklahoma residents to wear face masks to allow schools to open safely in the fall.
On June 30, Stitt wore a face mask and “strongly encouraged” Oklahomans to follow the CDC’s instructions regarding face masks.
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On April 28, Shield said anyone who wanted to take a COVID-19 test could do so, even if they showed no symptoms.
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The state health department advises anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 such as shortness of breath, fever or cough to stay home and limit person-to-person involvement.
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The national coronavirus hotline is 877-215-8336 or 211. For a list of links and resources for coronavirus (COVID-19) click here.