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As Hospitalizations Peak, Oklahoma Reports 'Alarming' Increase Of Nearly 5,000 New Coronavirus Cases

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Oklahoma health officials reported 4,741 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, a massive single day increase.

    "Today's significant rise in COVID-19 case numbers is alarming and we call on all Oklahomans to take immediate action to slow the spread of the coronavirus," said State Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye.
    Officials say the main contributor to the increase is "significant community spread." They also say there is a backlog in cases due to a "continued transition from a manual to electronic reporting system at several labs across the state." The number likely also contains some duplicated cases, which officials say will be corrected in Sunday's report.

    The state has seen a total of 136,492 positive cases since March.

    Nine new deaths due to the virus were also reported, bringing the state's total to 1,438. They are as follows:

    • One in Cleveland County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
    • One in Garfield County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
    • One in Jackson County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
    • One in Lincoln County, one male in the 50 - 64 age group.
    • One in Oklahoma County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
    • One in Osage County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
    • One in Rogers County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
    • One in Tulsa County, one female in the 50 - 64 age group.
    • One in Washita County, one male in the 65 or older age group.

    As of Friday evening, a record-high of 1,045 people were hospitalized for the virus.
    Oklahoma has reported 13,730 new cases and 101 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 1,961 cases and 14 deaths per day.

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    Ryan LaCroix is the Director of Content and Audience Development for KOSU.
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