Oklahoma’s COVID-19 cases rose by 228 on Monday, with 53 new cases in Tulsa County.
A fatal COVID-19 case reported Sunday was an Oklahoma County patient older than 65; the death toll Monday remains at 385, according to state health data.
Oklahoma State Department of Health officials have recorded 13,172 cases of COVID-19 across the state, with Tulsa County seeing the most cases of Oklahoma’s 77 counties: 3,304 as of Monday, with 67 deaths.
Tulsa County’s rolling 7-day average for cases inched up to 130.3; there are 1,111 active COVID-19 cases in the county, Tulsa Health Department reported Monday.
Hospitalizations are at 329 currently across the state, a number that started steadily rising May 22.
ICU capacity became a cause for some concern late last week when one midtown Tulsa facility went on temporary ICU-divert status due to a non-COVID influx of patients. According to state Health Department survey information, Hillcrest Medical Center’s ICU was using 51% of its capacity as of Sunday; OSU Medical Center was at 61%. Saint Francis Hospital, with the biggest ICU unit in Tulsa, was operating Sunday with only 10% of its ICU beds available.
Public health officials have been saying in the past week that the majority of new cases are traced back to routine aspects of life: weddings, funerals, faith-based activities, bars, gyms, house gatherings and other small events — otherwise dubbed as the “serious seven” by Oklahoma City health officials and co-opted by their counterparts in Tulsa.
COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, so hospital officials encourage wearing a mask or cloth face covering.
Health experts also encouraged people to maintain social distancing. Social distancing means avoiding group or congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others.
Frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water, or use of hand sanitizer, can help prevent the spread of the disease, according to the joint statement.
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