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55 New Deaths, 2,686 New COVID-19 Cases In Oklahoma

Oklahoma health officials reported 55 new deaths due to the coronavirus on Thursday, for a total of 3,140 deaths since March. They are as follows:

  • Nine in Tulsa County, two females in the 65 or older age group, seven males in the 65 or older age group.
  • Seven in Oklahoma County, one female in the 50-64 age group, two females in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 50-64 age group, three males in the 65 or older age group.
  • Four in Custer County, one female in the 50-64 age group, three males in the 65 or older age group.
  • Four in Pontotoc County, two females in the 65 or older age group, two males in the 65 or older age group.
  • Three in Comanche County, two females in the 36-49 age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Three in McClain County, two females in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 50-64 age group.
  • Three in Muskogee County, one female in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 50-64 age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Atoka County, two females in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Grady County, one male in the 50-64 age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Jefferson County, two males in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Adair County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Caddo County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Cherokee County, one female in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Cleveland County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Delaware County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Garvin County, one male in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Kingfisher County, one female in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Lincoln County, one female in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Marshall County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Mayes County, one male in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Payne County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Pottawatomie County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Stephens County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Tillman County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Wagoner County, one female in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Washington County, one male in the 50-64 age group.

2,686 new infections were also reported, for a total of 363,046 positive cases since March.
Shortly after Thursday's numbers were released, Oklahoma State Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye commented on the recent decrease in COVID-19 case numbers.

"The COVID-19 case numbers have been significantly lower this week, which prompted us to investigate their validity as well as our reporting systems out of an abundance of caution," said Frye. "After checking with staff and comparing different sources of information, we can report the data is accurate and our case count has been significantly down this week."

Frye said he is cautiously optimistic as the state trend follows a broad national trend.

In the past seven days, Oklahoma has reported 18,540 new cases and 258 deaths due to the coronavirus. That's an average of 2,649 infections per day and a record-high average of 37 deaths per day.

As of Wednesday night, 1,722 people are hospitalized due to the coronavirus in Oklahoma.

327,135 people — more than 90 percent of the total cases — have since been classified as having recovered from the virus.

There are 32,771 active cases in the state.

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