Twenty more Oklahomans’ deaths due to COVID-19 were reported Friday as the state’s rolling average of new daily confirmed cases of the virus dropped below 1,000 for the first time in five months.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 869 new cases on Friday, the fourth day this week the state recorded fewer than 1,000 new cases confirmed daily. A total of 1,078 cases were reported Wednesday.
The state’s rolling average of daily reported new cases dipped to 932 on Friday, the first time the metric has been below 1,000 since early October.
Oklahoma dropped from its top spot in the nation for test positivity on Thursday. The state now claims third place, which is the lowest rank it has seen since mid-December.
A total of 417,345 cases have been confirmed in the state since March, with 4,132 recorded deaths due to the virus and 396,736 patients considered recovered, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health data.
A total of 728 patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were hospitalized across the state Thursday, with 214 patients in ICU beds. More than 16,470 residents still have active infections, according to OSDH data.
The recently reported deaths were among patients 50 or older in Canadian, Carter, Comanche, Creek, Delaware, Harmon, Oklahoma, Ottawa, Pawnee, Rogers, Seminole, Texas, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington counties.
COVID-19 by the numbers
The data below are current as of 3 p.m. Friday.
Confirmed cases: 69,600 (+286)
Deaths: 668 (+1)
State of Oklahoma
Confirmed cases: 417,345 (+869)
Deaths: 4,132 (+20)
Confirmed cases: 27,950,547
Confirmed cases: 110,562,484
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If I have already had COVID-19, do I still need to consider getting the vaccine?
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Sources: Oklahoma State Department of Health, Tulsa Health Department, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine