Oklahoma COVID-19 hospitalizations remain high

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
10/19/2020 11:00 AM
(AP) – The number of hospitalizations due to the coronavirus dipped on Sunday but still remained high as the number of reported cases increased by 796 and deaths rose by 3, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

There were a reported 715 people hospitalized, the department said, 78 fewer than the one-day record of 793 reported Friday. There are 107,299 total cases reported since the pandemic began in March and 1,171 deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

The true number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

The department said that there were 8,272 new coronavirus cases during the week ending Thursday, an increase of 15% from the previous week, and 58 additional deaths from the previous week due to COVID-19.

A report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force released Wednesday said Oklahoma remains in the red zone for newly reported coronavirus cases and recommended residents wear masks among the ways to slow the virus’ spread.

Gov. Kevin Stitt has repeatedly said he will not implement a statewide mask mandate.

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