Oklahoma hospitalizations due to coronavirus shatters record
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people hospitalized with confirmed and probable coronavirus in Oklahoma on Wednesday shattered the previous one-day record by nearly 200 and more than 2,100 new cases were reported, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
The department reported 1,248 hospitalizations to surpass the previous record of 1,055 set last Thursday. The department reported 2,177 new cases and 19 additional deaths since Tuesday for totals of 142,334 cases and 1,470 deaths since the pandemic began in March.
The true number of infections is likely higher because many people haven’t been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that the 7-day average of the percentage of people who tested positive for the virus has risen from 9% to nearly 16% in Oklahoma and the average number of new cases each day increased from 1265.8 per day to 1,947.3
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and a 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.