Oklahoma records 1,800 COVID-19 cases, breaking one-day record

Oklahoma topped new COVID-19 records Saturday, marking a one-day increase of over 1,800 new virus cases, the state health department reported.

Gov. Keven Stitt (R) moved on Friday to extend the state of emergency — an order that was first issued in March — for 30 days, according to an official press release.

“This health crisis still exists, and still needs to be addressed in various ways by executive order,” Stitt said.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health counted 1,829 newly-reported cases Saturday, adding to the state’s total of 115,685 since the outset of the pandemic.

Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Surge Plan Advisor Matt Stacy announced Thursday that Oklahoma City would move to Tier 2 of its hospital surge plan – a plan to transfer less severe patients to rehab and prioritize focus on potentially fatal infections, a CBS affiliate KWTV reported.

The health department also reported a record number of active hospitalizations for the virus Friday – 956 hospitalizations – down to 924 patients on Saturday.

Thirteen additional fatalities were marked on Friday, and 11 died from the virus on Saturday, the health department reported.

Oklahoma has recorded a total of 1,245 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic’s outset.

There are currently 15,740 active cases in the state, and records show 98,700 people have recovered from the coronavirus.

Still, the AP noted the actual number of cases in Oklahoma is likely higher because many residents have yet to be tested.

Earlier this month, State Senator Kay Floyd, the Democratic Leader of the State Senate, wrote a letter to Stitt on behalf of Oklahoma Senate Democrats calling for more decisive action against COVID-19.

Floyd’s letter referenced the White House coronavirus task force’s early October report, which detailed Oklahoma as having the tenth highest COVID-19 positivity rate of any state in the country, a local NBC affiliate KFOR reported.

“Oklahoma faces a serious public health emergency in the fight to contain COVID-19. The Oklahoma Senate Democrats urge you to implement the White House Coronavirus Task Force’s recommendations,” Floyd said in the letter.

Studies show some carriers of COVID-19 may show moderate to light symptoms of the virus. In some cases, patients could be asymptomatic and unaware they are sick.

Virus cases in older adults or those with preexisting conditions should be treated seriously, as both factors could lead to more dangerous or even fatal respiratory symptoms.

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Oklahoma virus hospitalizations beat prior day’s record high

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s official count of coronavirus hospitalizations hit a new high Friday, topping 950 people and beating the previous one-day record set a day earlier as COVID-19 continues to surge.

At least 956 people were in Oklahoma hospitals with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, according to the state state Department of Health. Total hospitalizations rose by 46 from the record 910 reported Thursday.

Johns Hopkins University data showed the average daily number of both new cases and deaths in Oklahoma have risen during the past 14 days. The average number of cases increased from 1,028 on Oct. 8 to 1,235 on Thursday, while the average number of daily deaths rose from about seven to just more than 11 during the period.

Oklahoma health officials reported 1,373 new cases and 13 additional deaths Friday. That totals 113,856 cases and 1,234 deaths since the pandemic began in March.

Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday extended his existing emergency order for the pandemic by 30 days. Oklahoma does not have a statewide mask mandate.

“This health crisis still exists, and still needs to be addressed in various ways by executive order,” Stitt stated in his order.

The health department reported 15,132 active cases of the virus and that 97,490 people have recovered.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in a few weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.

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