11,315 New COVID-19 Cases Reported, 25 Virus-Related Deaths Added To Provisional Death Count

Twenty-five virus-related deaths and 11,315 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since Thursday, according to daily figures released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

A total of 796,986 cases of COVID-19 have been reported since the start of the pandemic, and the provisional death toll has risen to 12,775, the state health department said.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,485, the health ministry said.

Currently, 79,374 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, the OSDH said.

As of January 11, a total of 5,431,249 doses of the vaccine had been administered and 2,655,867 Oklahom residents had received at least one dose. More than 2,137,000 Oklahoma residents have completed both inoculations or are fully immunized, resulting in 54.0% of Oklahoma’s eligible population being fully immunized.

About 1,317 Oklahomans are currently in OSDH-approved acute care facilities, including 288 in intensive care and 86 are currently in other types of facilities due to COVID-19. Of the 1,317 hospitalizations, 43 are pediatric hospitalizations, the OSDH said.

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Stitt released a statement on Nov. 7, 2020, and asked Oklahoman residents “to do the right thing” and follow CDC guidelines — practice social distancing, wear a face mask, and wash their hands regularly. – to help slow the spread.

On September 8, 2020, the state’s health department said it had started the transition to include antigen test results in the state’s data collection and reporting system. A positive antigen test result is considered a “probable” case, while a positive molecular test result is considered a “confirmed” case.

The antigen test is a rapid test that can be performed in less than an hour. Molecular tests usually take days before results are available.

On July 15, 2020, Stitt said he 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 regarding his health and quarantine.

Oklahoma reported its first child death from the virus on July 12, 2020. The child was the 13-year-old daughter of a soldier stationed at Fort Sill.

Shortly after the girl’s death was reported, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister recommended that all Oklahomans wear face masks to allow schools to reopen safely in the fall.

On June 30, 2020, Stitt wore a face mask and “strongly encouraged” the Oklahomans to follow the CDC’s guidelines for face masks.

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Stitt said on April 28, 2020 that anyone who wants to take a COVID-19 test can do so even if they don’t have symptoms.

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The state’s health department is advising anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 such as shortness of breath, fever, or cough to stay home and limit person-to-person engagement.

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

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