OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As health officials are celebrating a sudden drop in the number of new COVID-19 cases, authorities say the death toll connected to the virus still remains high.

On Friday, data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that the state has had 365,992 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March.

That’s an increase of 2,946 cases or a 0.8% increase.

There were 47 additional deaths caused by the virus, bringing the state’s total number of deaths to 3,187.

Medical staff attending to patients with COVID-19 wear protective equipment in a unit dedicated to treatment of the coronavirus at UW Health in Madison, Wis. Conditions inside the nation’s hospitals are deteriorating by the day as the coronavirus rages through the country at an unrelenting pace. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)
Medical staff attending to patients with COVID-19 wear protective equipment in a unit dedicated to treatment of the coronavirus at UW Health in Madison, Wis. Conditions inside the nation’s hospitals are deteriorating by the day as the coronavirus rages through the country at an unrelenting pace. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Right now, officials say there are 1,634 people in Oklahoma hospitals with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Here is the breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma counties:

  • Adair: 2,609 (18 deaths) (2,232 recovered)
  • Alfalfa: 1,051 (5 deaths) (982 recovered)
  • Atoka: 1,581 (8 deaths) (1,460 recovered)
  • Beaver: 357 (3 deaths) (336 recovered)
  • Beckham: 2,358 (27 deaths) (2,168 recovered)
  • Blaine: 816 (5 deaths) (747 recovered)
  • Bryan: 5,011 (44 deaths) (4,425 recovered)
  • Caddo: 3,380 (44 deaths) (3,060 recovered)
  • Canadian: 13,483 (59 deaths) (12,498 recovered)
  • Carter: 4,604 (22 deaths) (3,972 recovered)
  • Cherokee: 4,817 (27 deaths) (4,242 recovered)
  • Choctaw: 1,365 (9 deaths) (1,248 recovered)
  • Cimarron: 114 (1 death) (106 recovered)
  • Cleveland: 24,467 (195 deaths) (21,893 recovered)
  • Coal: 592 (8 deaths) (538 recovered)
  • Comanche: 9,099 (95 deaths) (8,087 recovered)
  • Cotton: 550 (13 deaths) (466 recovered)
  • Craig: 1,742 (8 deaths) (1,595 recovered)
  • Creek: 5,352 (81 deaths) (4,728 recovered)
  • Custer: 3,596 (48 deaths) (3,364 recovered)
  • Delaware: 3,873 (53 deaths) (3,459 recovered)
  • Dewey: 487 (4 deaths) (458 recovered)
  • Ellis: 331 (1 death) (313 recovered)
  • Garfield: 6,474 (55 deaths) (6,008 recovered)
  • Garvin: 3,027 (24 deaths) (2,704 recovered)
  • Grady: 4,964 (52 deaths) (4,526 recovered)
  • Grant: 468 (5 deaths) (431 recovered)
  • Greer: 441 (10 deaths) (410 recovered)
  • Harmon: 250 (1 death) (232 recovered)
  • Harper: 383 (3 deaths) (361 recovered)
  • Haskell: 1,083 (8 deaths) (948 recovered)
  • Hughes: 1,021 (13 deaths) (882 recovered)
  • Jackson: 2,624 (40 deaths) (2,436 recovered)
  • Jefferson: 601 (6 deaths) (536 recovered)
  • Johnston: 1,124 (12 deaths) (987 recovered)
  • Kay: 4,437 (52 deaths) (3,934 recovered)
  • Kingfisher: 1,769 (16 deaths) (1,627 recovered)
  • Kiowa: 673 (13 deaths) (600 recovered)
  • Latimer: 692 (7 deaths) (616 recovered)
  • Le Flore: 4,591 (37 deaths) (4,199 recovered)
  • Lincoln: 2,652 (38 deaths) (2,399 recovered)
  • Logan: 3,402 (20 deaths) (3,006 recovered)
  • Love: 1,266 (8 deaths) (1,120 recovered)
  • Major: 844 (4 deaths) (774 recovered)
  • Marshall: 1,583 (10 deaths) (1,401 recovered)
  • Mayes: 3,342 (30 deaths) (2,916 recovered)
  • McClain: 4,441 (36 deaths) (3,994 recovered)
  • McCurtain: 3,318 (57 deaths) (3,020 recovered)
  • McIntosh: 1,692 (25 deaths) (1,482 recovered)
  • Murray: 1,602 (14 deaths) (1,409 recovered)
  • Muskogee: 8,036 (66 deaths) (7,152 recovered)
  • Noble: 1,191 (8 deaths) (1,079 recovered)
  • Nowata: 939 (12 deaths) (815 recovered)
  • Okfuskee: 1,613 (16 deaths) (1,482 recovered)
  • Oklahoma: 71,058 (524 deaths) (64,593 recovered)
  • Okmulgee: 3,164 (36 deaths) (2,881 recovered)
  • Osage: 3,830 (35 deaths) (3,450 recovered)
  • Other: 144 (101 recovered)
  • Ottawa: 3,300 (34 deaths) (3,040 recovered)
  • Pawnee: 1,388 (18 deaths) (1,231 recovered)
  • Payne: 7,395 (38 deaths) (6,789 recovered)
  • Pittsburg: 3,850 (30 deaths) (3,492 recovered)
  • Pontotoc: 4,076 (36 deaths) (3,632 recovered)
  • Pottawatomie: 6,824 (48 deaths) (6,301 recovered)
  • Pushmataha: 855 (8 deaths) (783 recovered)
  • Roger Mills: 353 (6 deaths) (291 recovered)
  • Rogers: 8,490 (93 deaths) (7,642 recovered)
  • Seminole: 2,353 (25 deaths) (2,083 recovered)
  • Sequoyah: 3,341 (23 deaths) (2,979 recovered)
  • Stephens: 4,008 (42 deaths) (3,596 recovered)
  • Texas: 3,267 (19 deaths) (3,120 recovered)
  • Tillman: 663 (13 deaths) (601 recovered)
  • Tulsa: 60,142 (526 deaths) (54,266 recovered)
  • Wagoner: 6,426 (65 deaths) (5,612 recovered)
  • Washington: 3,944 (70 deaths) (3,492 recovered)
  • Washita: 951 (5 deaths) (879 recovered)
  • Woods: 1,121 (5 deaths) (1,053 recovered)
  • Woodward: 2,871 (12 deaths) (2,708 recovered)
A Nevada man was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 a second time.
A Nevada man was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 a second time.

In all, officials believe there are 32,327 active cases of COVID-19 across Oklahoma.

According to health department data on Friday, officials believe 330,478 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus.

Although the CDC recommends patients be tested twice to determine if they have recovered, health department officials say they are preserving tests for patients who are sick.

Instead, the Oklahoma State Department of Health identifies a person as recovered if they are currently not hospitalized or deceased and it has been 14 days since the onset of their symptoms or since they were diagnosed.

This electron microscope image made available and color-enhanced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Md., shows Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, orange, isolated from a patient. University of Hong Kong scientists claim to have the first evidence of someone being reinfected with the virus that causes COVID-19. They said Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 that genetic tests show a 33-year-old man returning to Hong Kong from a trip to Spain in mid-August had a different strain of the coronavirus than the one he’d previously been infected with in March. (NIAID/National Institutes of Health via AP)
(NIAID/National Institutes of Health via AP)

State officials urge Oklahomans to stay away from ill patients and to frequently wash their hands. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

At this point, Americans are urged to practice ‘social distancing’ by staying in their homes as much as possible and not going out into a crowd.

The virus is mainly spread from person-to-person, and symptoms usually appear two to 14 days after exposure. Officials stress that the most common symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

If you do become sick, you are asked to stay away from others. If you have been in an area where the coronavirus is known to be spreading or been around a COVID-19 patient and develop symptoms, you are asked to call your doctor ahead of time and warn them that you might have been exposed to the virus. That way, experts say, they have the ability to take extra precautions to protect staff and other patients.

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