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

Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 11:06

By: News On 6, News 9


14 new virus-related deaths and 1,195 new cases of coronavirus were reported in the state since Friday, according to daily figures released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

A total of 106,503 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19, and the total number of virus-related deaths rose to 1,168, the state health department said Saturday. So far, 90,845 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 1,030 more cases believed to have been recovered since Friday. Health officials said recovery means the patient is not hospitalized or dead, and it has been 14 days since the onset of symptoms or report.

OSDH says there are 1

4,490 active cases in the state, an increase of 151 cases since Friday.

On July 15, Gov. 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 on his health and quarantine.

Oklahoma reported its first child death in connection with the virus on July 12. The child was a 13-year-old daughter of a soldier stationed at Fort Sill.

Shortly after the report of the girl’s death, State Attorney Joy Hofmeister recommended that all Oklahomans wear face masks to allow a safe reopening of schools in the fall.

On June 30, Stitt wore a face mask and “strongly urged” Oklahomans to follow the CDC guidelines on face masks.

More: Gov. Stitt recommends wearing face masks during update regarding COVID-19 in the state

On April 28, Stitt said anyone who wanted to take a COVID-19 test could do so, even if they were not presenting symptoms.

Related: Gov. Stitt presents the state’s Coronavirus numbers to show Oklahoma is ready to reopen

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-person engagement.

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

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