597 New COVID-19 Cases, 17 Additional Virus-Related Deaths Reported, Health Officials Say

Seventeen new virus-related death and 597 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Tuesday, according to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

A total of 49,923 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths increased to 699, the state health department said on Wednesday.

Of the 17 deaths reported, four happened in the last 24 hours.

Five people died in Pittsburg County; four women and one man aged 65 or older.

Three people died in Oklahoma County; two women and a man aged 65 or older.

Two people died in Rogers County; a woman and a man aged 65 or older.

Two men aged 65 or older died in Tulsa County.

One man aged 65 or older died in Bryan County. One woman aged 65 or older died in Creek County. One woman aged 50 to 64 died in LeFlore County.

One woman aged 50 to 64 died in McCurtain County. One woman aged 65 or older died in Sequoyah County.

Health officials said there are 7,177 active cases in the state.

A total of 4,192 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 566 patients currently in the hospital.

So far, 42,047 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 677 more cases considered recovered since Tuesday. Health officials said recovered means the patient is not hospitalized or deceased and it has been 14 days since the onset of symptoms or report.

As of Wednesday morning, 732,817 tests have returned negative since testing began in February.

Click here to view the state's COVID-19 data.

On July 15, Gov. Kevin Stitt said he had tested positive for COVID-19, making him the first governor in the country to test positive for the virus. He has since posted video updates of concerning his health and quarantine.

Oklahoma reported its first child death related to the virus on July 12. The child was a 13-year-old daughter of a soldier stationed at Fort Sill.

Shortly after the report of the girl's death, state Superintendent Joy Hofmeister recommended for all Oklahomans to wear face masks to allow the safely reopening of schools in the fall.

On June 30, Stitt wore a face mask and "strongly encouraged" Oklahomans to follow CDC guidelines pertaining to face masks.

More: Gov. Stitt Recommends Wearing Face Masks During Update Concerning COVID-19 In State

On April 28, Stitt said anyone who wished to take a COVID-19 test could do so even if they are not presenting symptoms.

Related: Gov. Stitt Presents State's Coronavirus Figures To Show Oklahoma Is Ready To Reopen

The state health department advises anyone with COVID-19 symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever or coughing to stay home and limit person-to-person engagement. 

Related: OSDH: 615 New COVID-19 Cases, 17 Additional Virus-Related Deaths Reported

The state coronavirus hotline is 877-215-8336 or 211. For a list of coronavirus (COVID-19) links and resources, click here.