56 virus-related deaths and 589 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since Wednesday, according to daily figures released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
A total of 1,023,358 cases of COVID-19 have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic. The preliminary death toll rose to 14,786, the state Department of Health said Thursday.
The rolling seven-day average of new cases is 719, the health ministry said.
Currently, 3,513 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, the OSDH said.
Pr. As of March 1, 5,721,601 total vaccine doses have been administered, with 2,769,904 Oklahomans receiving at least one dose. More than 2,217,000 Oklahomans have completed both inoculations or are fully vaccinated, leaving 56.0% of the eligible Oklahoma population fully vaccinated.
About 505 Oklahomans are currently in acute OSDH licensed facilities with 120 in the intensive care unit and 25 are currently in other types of facilities due to COVID-19. Out of the 505 admissions, 43 are pediatric admissions, OSDH said.
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Stitt issued a statement on November 7, 2020 and asked Oklahomans to “do the right thing” and to follow the CDC guidelines – practice social distancing, wear a face mask and wash your hands regularly – to help slow the spread.
On September 8, 2020, the State Department of Health said it has begun the transition to include antigen test results 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.
Antigen test is a fast test that can be completed in less than an hour. Molecular testing usually takes days before the results are available.
July 15, 2020, 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 on his health and quarantine.
Oklahoma reported its first infant death related to the virus on July 12, 2020. The child was a 13-year-old daughter of a soldier stationed at Fort Sill.
Shortly after the report of the girl’s death informs Superintendent Joy Hofmeister recommended all Oklahomans wear face masks to allow a safe reopening of schools in the fall.
On June 30, 2020, Stitt wore a face mask and “strongly encouraged” Oklahomans to follow the CDC guidelines regarding face masks.
Stitt said on April 28, 2020, that anyone who wanted to take a COVID-19 test could do so even if they have no symptoms.
The State Department of Health advises anyone with COVID-19 symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever or cough 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.