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Oklahoma COVID-19 cases skyrocket by 450 cases Thursday

June 18, 2020 GMT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — New cases of the illness caused by the novel coronavirus skyrocketed Thursday in Oklahoma by double the record-setting number reported two days before.

State health officials reported 450 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, the third straight day of record numbers of cases, double the record 229 reported Tuesday, and a 5.1% increase in the state’s overall total. The actual number of people who have contracted the virus is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

The surge brought the outbreak total for the outbreak to 9,354. Two deaths Thursday brought the Oklahoma COVID-19 death toll to 366.

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Tulsa County continues as the state’s leading COVID-19 hotspot with 120 new cases Thursday to bring its total to 1,945. Second-place Oklahoma County reported 107 new cases, bringing its total to 1,861.

The new wave comes amid ongoing demonstrations to protest police killings of black citizens and ahead of Juneteenth celebrations and a rally planned for Saturday by President Donald Trump at an indoor arena in Tulsa.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the highly contagious virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.

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