21 virus-related deaths and 2,101 new coronavirus infections have been reported in the state since Wednesday, according to daily data released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
A total of 129,873 Oklahomans tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths amounted to 1,413, according to the state health ministry said on Thursday.
The number of new COVID-19 cases reported on Thursday appears to be a record daily increase.
Four out of 21 deaths occurred in the last 24 hours.
Five people died in Oklahoma County; two women and three men 65 years and older.
Two women 65 and older have died in Tulsa County.
Two people died in Carter County; a woman and a man 65 years of age and older.
Two people died in Cleveland County; a woman and a man 65 years of age and older.
A man between 50 and 64 years old died in Beckham County. A woman 65 years or older died in Comanche County. A woman between the ages of 50 and 64 died in Garfield County.
A man 65 years of age or older dies in Jackson County. A man 65 years of age and older died in Osage County. A woman between the ages of 50 and 64 died in Payne County.
A woman 65 years of age or older has died in Pottawatomie County. A man 65 years of age or older has died in Rogers County. A man 65 years of age or older has died in Washington County. A man 65 years of age or older has died in Washita County.
The health department said 16,765 cases were considered active in the state.
A total of 9,338 Oklahomans were hospitalized due to the virus with 1,055 Oklahomans currently in hospital.
So far, 111,695 Oklahomans have recovered with another 1,242 cases considered to have recovered since Wednesday. Health officials say recovery means the patient is not hospitalized or has passed away and it has been 14 days since the onset of symptoms or the report.
As of Thursday morning, 1,543,684 tests have been negative since testing began in February.
Click here to view the state’s COVID-19 data.
On September 8, the state health department said it had begun a 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.
An antigen test is a quick test that can be completed in less than an hour. Molecular tests usually take a few days before results are available.
On July 15, Governor Kevin Stitt said he had tested positive for COVID-19, making him the first governor of the country to test positive for the virus. He posted up to date video regarding his health and quarantine.
Oklahoma announced their first child of a virus-related death on July 12. The child was the 13-year-old daughter of a soldier stationed at Fort Sill.
Immediately following the report of the girl’s death, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister recommended all Oklahomans to wear masks to allow schools to reopen safely in the fall.
On June 30, Stitt wore a mask and “strongly encouraged” Oklahomans to follow CDC’s instructions regarding the mask.
Than: Governor Stitt recommends wearing a mask during an update regarding COVID-19 in the state
On April 28, Stitt said anyone who wanted a COVID-19 test could do so even if they didn’t show symptoms.
Related: Governor Stitt presents data on the state’s Coronavirus virus to show that Oklahoma is ready to reopen
The state health department recommends that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms such as difficulty breathing, fever or cough should stay home and limit person-to-person communication.
Yesterday: OSDH: 1,246 new COVID-19 cases, 17 other virus-related deaths reported
The state coronavirus hotline is 877-215-8336 or 211. For a list of coronavirus (COVID-19) links and resources, click here.