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Oklahoma virus hospitalizations surpass 900, 1,628 new cases

October 22, 2020 GMT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of hospitalizations in Oklahoma due to the coronavirus is at a new record high and surpassed 900 on Thursday while the number of reported cases increased by 1,628, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

There were 910 people hospitalized and 112,483 cases since the pandemic began in March, compared to 870 hospitalizations and 110,855 cases reported Wednesday. The department reported 11 additional deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, to bring the total of the number dead to 1,221.

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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 15,017 active cases and that 96,245 people have recovered.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.