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COVID-19: Oklahoma numbers continue to spike, with 450 new cases, 2 more Oklahomans' deaths announced Thursday

COVID-19: Oklahoma numbers continue to spike, with 450 new cases, 2 more Oklahomans' deaths announced Thursday

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Oklahoma saw a 5.1% jump in the number of COVID-19 cases Thursday, with 450 new cases and two additional deaths.

Thursday’s numbers, which include the highest daily count since the pandemic began, leaves the state with 9,354 cases overall, with more than 1,100 of those coming since Sunday.

Thursday’s numbers, which were delayed from their regular 11 a.m. release time because of reported technical difficulties, continue a sharp upward trend going back to late May.

Tulsa County has 120 additional cases, up more than 6%, and one more death, according to state data.

Concern remains about the potential for President Donald Trump’s campaign rally at the BOK Center on Saturday to spread the virus further.

2020-06-19 COVID-19 Rolling Averages

At a news conference Wednesday, Tulsa Health Department Director Bruce Dart said the potential for “super spread” exists with nearly 20,000 people in an enclosed arena.

“Whenever people come together from outside and go back, there’s always potential for a super-spreader event,” Dart said. “And some people, unfortunately, just spread the virus more efficiently than others, which results in super-spreader individuals, and so of course that’s a concern.”

Thursday’s continued spike saw Tulsa County’s seven-day rolling average of new cases rise to 81.9. There are 654 active cases in the county, according to Tulsa Health Department data.

Statewide hospitalization numbers saw an increase in confirmed COVID-19 patients, with 76 of 129 of those in intensive care. Another 82 people remain under investigation for possible COVID-19, with 20 of those in ICU, according to state data.

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