COVID-19 coronavirus in Oklahoma

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Mairead Todd / KOSU

As Oklahoma’s coronavirus case counts continue to break records, some of the state’s top medical experts are ringing alarm bells about hospital capacity.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 993 on Tuesday, representing the state's largest single-day increase in new cases. That's nearly a five percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 21,738.

Four new deaths were reported, bringing the state's death toll to 428. They are as follows:

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 510 on Monday. That's a two and a half percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 20,745.

Two new deaths were reported, bringing the state's death toll to 424. They are as follows:

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Following Oklahoma's first recorded COVID-19-related death of a school-aged child on Sunday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister is urging Oklahomans to wear masks in public and do their part to contain the spread of the virus.

Five more state prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks. That's a total of nine prisoners and 19 corrections staff have tested positive since the pandemic began.

The prisoners whose results came back positive were tested prior to either being transferred or released.

After their results came back positive, the Department of Corrections quarantined more than 500 prisoners. A little over half of them were tested and most of those test results were negative. A handful of test results are still pending.

Oklahoma recorded its first pediatric death due to COVID-19 on Sunday, in the 5 to 17 age group. Further details were not released. The state's death toll is now at 422.

New cases of COVID-19 increased by 456. That's more than a two percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 20,235.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 687 on Saturday, 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 19,779.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 596 on Friday. That's more than a three percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 19,092.

Six new deaths were reported, bringing the state's death toll to 416. They are as follows:

Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley announced on Thursday that masks, shields or face coverings are required to be worn at all public Masses and church gatherings in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

In a letter to parishioners, Coakley said all priests, deacons, parishioners, church staff and volunteers must wear face coverings beginning this Saturday. He cautioned that it was a temporary and he will continue to monitor the crisis and adjust restrictions when necessary.

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With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt addressed the media Thursday afternoon to talk about how the state was dealing with record increases. But, his administration isn't overly concerned with the levels.

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