Another record high coronavirus hospitalizations in Oklahoma


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Another one-day record increase in hospitalizations due to coronavirus was reported Saturday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health in addition to the second highest one day increase in confirmed cases.

There were 758 people hospitalized and 1,533 newly reported cases, in addition to four additional deaths as a result of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, according to the department.

The department has reported new one-day highs for hospitalizations in three of the past four days.

There have been a total of 98,621 cases of the virus reported and 1,095 deaths since the virus was first reported in Oklahoma in March. The true number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

The department reported 13,893 active cases of the virus and that 83,633 people have recovered.

For most people, the COVID-19 virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe illness, including pneumonia, and be fatal.

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