COVID-19 coronavirus in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 283 on Sunday. That's nearly a two percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 15,928.

No new deaths were reported, as the state's death toll remains flat at 398.

*Note: weekend reporting of cases and deaths is typically very low compared to weekdays.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 580 on Saturday, representing the state's second highest daily increase in COVID-19 infections. That's nearly a four percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 15,645.

No new deaths were reported, as the state's death toll remains flat at 398.

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KOSU is continuing to cover the developing story around coronavirus in Oklahoma. Bookmark this page for the latest updates.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 526 on Friday, representing the state's second highest daily increase in COVID-19 infections. That's a three and a half percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 15,065.

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Oklahoma health officials report six additional Oklahomans have died due to COVID-19, bringing the state's death toll to 395. The deaths reported Thursday include:

University of Oklahoma football players and staff members were tested for the coronavirus ahead of voluntary workouts on Wednesday.

Of the 111 players tested, seven were positive for COVID-19 and seven more were known to have tested positive previously. Additionally, 72 staff members were also tested, with two found to be positive for COVID-19.

Oklahoma County Commissioners voted 2-1 Wednesday to require masks inside the elevators of Oklahoma County facilities. 

The recommendation came from Oklahoma County Emergency Management Director David Barnes, who cited the recent surge in COVID-19 infections. Barnes admitted that it may not be a legally enforceable measure, but he hopes that by having signs stating it is a requirement to wear a mask to be on the elevator will compel people to do so in order to protect others.

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Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt issued new restrictions ahead of the holiday weekend, in an effort to prevent another rise in cases.

In a press conference Wednesday, Holt said the restrictions are targeted based on the places the virus is spreading, according to Oklahoma County contact tracers. Specifically, they address restaurants, bars and venues with theater-style seating, such as churches.

The restrictions take effect Friday, July 3 and last for two weeks. They include the following:

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