1,195 new COVID-19 cases, 14 more virus-related deaths reported, state health officials say


Saturday, October 17, 2020, 11:06 am

By: News 6, News 9

Oklahama city According to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 14 new virus-related deaths and 1,195 new coronovirus cases occurred in the state since Friday.

The state’s health department said on Saturday that a total of 106,503 Okalams have tested positive for COVID-19 and the number of virus-related deaths has risen to 1,168. Since Friday, 1,030 recovered cases and 90,845 Oklahomans have been recovered from the virus. Health officials said the recovery means that the patient is not hospitalized or dead and it has been 14 days since the onset of symptoms or reports.

OSDH says that since Friday, the state has 14,490 active cases and an increase of 151 cases.

On July 15, Kevin Stitt said he had tested positive for COVID-19, making him the first governor in the country to test positive for the virus. He has since posted video updates of his health and quarantine.

Oklahoma reported its first child death related to the virus on 12 July. The child was the 13-year-old daughter of a soldier stationed at Fort Gill.

Shortly after the girl’s death was reported, Superintendent of State Joy Hoffmister recommended all Oklahoma wear face masks to allow schools in Fall to safely reopen.

On June 30, Stitt wore a face mask and “strongly encouraged” the Oklahomans to follow the CDC’s guidelines.

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On April 28, Stitt said that anyone who wants to take the COVID-19 test can do so even if they are not presenting symptoms.

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The state health department advises anyone with COVID-19 symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever, or cough to stay home and limit person-to-engagement.

The state coronavirus hotline is 877-215-8336 or 211. For a list of coronavirus (COVID-19) links and resources, click here.