Oklahoma reports 2,200 more coronavirus cases
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma reported 2,200 more coronavirus cases on Monday as overall cases in the state neared the 200,000 mark.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health also reported seven more deaths, bringing the total to 1,743 deaths since the pandemic began. All of the deaths reported Monday involved people who were 65 years old or older.
So far, Oklahoma has reported 197,745 cases of COVID-19, the illness linked to the coronavirus.
The actual number of COVID-19 cases is believed to be far higher because many people haven’t been tested and some who get the disease don’t show symptoms.
Also Monday, Tulsa Public Schools announced it would switch all students back to virtual learning beginning Wednesday through the winter holiday break.
Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases in Oklahoma has increased by more than 18%, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. One in every 186 people in Oklahoma tested positive in the past week, according to Johns Hopkins.
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 virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal. The vast majority of people recover.