OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – There are 1,017 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 11 more deaths from the virus in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Saturday.

There have now been 68,659 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 899 deaths from the virus since the pandemic began in March, according to OSDH.

OSDH reported an 942-case increase on Friday. There were 67,642 total cases in the state on Friday since March.

There are currently 9,635 active COVID-19 cases in the state, 264 more active cases than on Friday, a 2.8 percent increase.

Officials have not released the most up-to-date number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state.

OSDH reported that there were 509 people in Oklahoma hospitals with confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

Officials reported Saturday that 58,125 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Oklahoma since March.

The breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma counties is as follows:

  • Adair: 521 (10 deaths) (400 recovered)
  • Alfalfa: 36 (16 recovered)
  • Atoka: 175 (1 death) (159 recovered)
  • Beaver: 46 (44 recovered)
  • Beckham: 167 (1 death) (121 recovered)
  • Blaine: 97 (1 death) (72 recovered)
  • Bryan: 717 (4 deaths) (602 recovered)
  • Caddo: 633 (20 deaths) (538 recovered)
  • Canadian: 1,716 (13 deaths) (1,515 recovered)
  • Carter: 465 (8 deaths) (404 recovered)
  • Cherokee: 864 (7 deaths) (644 recovered)
  • Choctaw: 271 (2 deaths) (240 recovered)
  • Cimarron: 18 (14 recovered)
  • Cleveland: 4,919 (67 deaths) (3,877 recovered)
  • Coal: 64 (57 recovered)
  • Comanche: 1,380 (12 deaths) (1,242 recovered)
  • Cotton: 63 (2 deaths) (29 recovered)
  • Craig: 196 (1 death) (129 recovered)
  • Creek: 964 (27 deaths) (805 recovered)
  • Custer: 399 (336 recovered)
  • Delaware: 629 (23 deaths) (523 recovered)
  • Dewey: 32 (1 death) (19 recovered)
  • Ellis: 6 (6 recovered)
  • Garfield: 1,276 (17 deaths) (987 recovered)
  • Garvin: 308 (4 deaths) (256 recovered)
  • Grady: 676 (7 deaths) (525 recovered)
  • Grant: 31 (28 recovered)
  • Greer: 96 (8 deaths) (79 recovered)
  • Harmon: 43 (37 recovered)
  • Harper: 24 (18 recovered)
  • Haskell: 207 (4 deaths) (157 recovered)
  • Hughes: 257 (4 deaths) (211 recovered)
  • Jackson: 646 (9 deaths) (576 recovered)
  • Jefferson: 37 (33 recovered)
  • Johnston: 124 (3 deaths) (89 recovered)
  • Kay: 408 (13 deaths) (309 recovered)
  • Kingfisher: 298 (2 deaths) (261 recovered)
  • Kiowa: 58 (2 deaths) (44 recovered)
  • Latimer: 123 (2 deaths) (108 recovered)
  • Le Flore: 848 (16 deaths) (705 recovered)
  • Lincoln: 348 (9 deaths) (293 recovered)
  • Logan: 355 (1 death) (302 recovered)
  • Love: 142 (1 death) (114 recovered)
  • Major: 65 (1 death) (50 recovered)
  • Marshall: 147 (1 death) (130 recovered)
  • Mayes: 487 (10 deaths) (396 recovered)
  • McClain: 688 (5 deaths) (578 recovered)
  • McCurtain: 1,136 (32 deaths) (952 recovered)
  • McIntosh: 271 (4 deaths) (226 recovered)
  • Murray: 106 (1 death) (89 recovered)
  • Muskogee: 1,574 (19 deaths) (1,322 recovered)
  • Noble: 129 (2 deaths) (104 recovered)
  • Nowata: 120 (2 deaths) (99 recovered)
  • Okfuskee: 118 (4 deaths) (92 recovered)
  • Oklahoma: 15,021 (174 deaths) (13,176 recovered)
  • Okmulgee: 703 (5 deaths) (597 recovered)
  • Osage: 729 (13 deaths) (641 recovered)
  • Other: 45
  • Ottawa: 696 (4 deaths) (534 recovered)
  • Pawnee: 229 (3 deaths) (213 recovered)
  • Payne: 1,738 (5 deaths) (1,245 recovered)
  • Pittsburg: 698 (19 deaths) (581 recovered)
  • Pontotoc: 290 (3 deaths) (237 recovered)
  • Pottawatomie: 1,035 (9 deaths) (851 recovered)
  • Pushmataha: 134 (1 death) (125 recovered)
  • Roger Mills: 16 (1 death) (13 recovered)
  • Rogers: 1,533 (45 deaths) (1,257 recovered)
  • Seminole: 374 (5 deaths) (301 recovered)
  • Sequoyah: 699 (8 deaths) (554 recovered)
  • Stephens: 317 (5 deaths) (238 recovered)
  • Texas: 1,311 (8 deaths) (1,180 recovered)
  • Tillman: 78 (1 death) (66 recovered)
  • Tulsa: 15,048 (144 deaths) (13,271 recovered)
  • Wagoner: 1,308 (23 deaths) (1,144 recovered)
  • Washington: 907 (40 deaths) (773 recovered)
  • Washita: 45 (39 recovered)
  • Woods: 32 (26 recovered)
  • Woodward: 149 (101 recovered)

Although the CDC recommends patients be tested twice to determine if they have recovered, health department officials say they are preserving tests for patients who are sick.

Instead, the Oklahoma State Department of Health identifies a person as recovered if they are currently not hospitalized or deceased and it has been 14 days since the onset of their symptoms or since they were diagnosed.

State health officials announced this week that the results of rapid COVID-19 antigen tests will be included in the daily count of new positive tests starting Tuesday, something health officials say should provide a better picture of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

This electron microscope image made available and color-enhanced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Md., shows Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, orange, isolated from a patient. University of Hong Kong scientists claim to have the first evidence of someone being reinfected with the virus that causes COVID-19. They said Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 that genetic tests show a 33-year-old man returning to Hong Kong from a trip to Spain in mid-August had a different strain of the coronavirus than the one he’d previously been infected with in March. (NIAID/National Institutes of Health via AP)(NIAID/National Institutes of Health via AP)

State officials urge Oklahomans to stay away from ill patients and to frequently wash their hands. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

At this point, Americans are urged to practice ‘social distancing’ by staying in their homes as much as possible and not going out into a crowd.

The virus is mainly spread from person-to-person, and symptoms usually appear two to 14 days after exposure. Officials stress that the most common symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

If you do become sick, you are asked to stay away from others. If you have been in an area where the coronavirus is known to be spreading or been around a COVID-19 patient and develop symptoms, you are asked to call your doctor ahead of time and warn them that you might have been exposed to the virus. That way, experts say, they have the ability to take extra precautions to protect staff and other patients.

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