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Oklahoma coronavirus death toll rises by 14; more than 1,100 new positive cases reported – KOCO Oklahoma City

JASON: WELCOME BACK. 1100 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN OKLAHOMA REPORTED ON MONDAY. THE STATE’S ACTIVE CASE COUNT NOW MOVES BEYOND 12,00 HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE LATEST TRENDS IN OUR STATE AND BEYOND IS DR. DALE BRATZL , THINK YOU FOR JOINING US. LET’S START WITH WHAT IS GOI ON OU’S CAMPUS. HE TALKED ABOUT…


Oklahoma coronavirus death toll rises by 14; more than 1,100 new positive cases reported – KOCO Oklahoma City

JASON: WELCOME BACK. 1100 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN OKLAHOMA REPORTED ON MONDAY. THE STATE’S ACTIVE CASE COUNT NOW MOVES BEYOND 12,00 HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE LATEST TRENDS IN OUR STATE AND BEYOND IS DR. DALE BRATZL , THINK YOU FOR JOINING US. LET’S START WITH WHAT IS GOI ON OU’S CAMPUS. HE TALKED ABOUT A SPINNING SURVEILLANCE TESTING. WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS AND STUDENT HOUSING IN TERMS OF RANDOM TESTING? DR. BRATZLER WE ARE DOING TWO DIFFERENT THINGS ON THE NORMAN CAMPUS. ANY STUDENT, STAFF, OR FACULTY CAN GO TO THE HEALTH CENTER ON CAMPUS AND GET A FREE TEST DONE. WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DO THAT. WE DECIDED TO DO A BIT MORE ROBUST TESTING IN HOUSING. YOU PUT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN SMALL SPACES AND DORMITORIES AND RESIDENCE HALLS. WE ARE DOING TWO THINGS. WE ARE CONTINUING TO DO SURVEILLANCE TESTING FOR COVID-19, AND THE WASTE THAT COMES OUT OF THE BUILDINGS. WE HAVE PICKED A SAMPLE OF ABOUT 25% OF THE STUDENTS THAT LIVE IN THE UNIVERSITY HOUSING. WE INVITED THEM TO COME DOWN TO GET A FREE TEST DONE AT OUR SECOND TESTING SITE ON CAMPUS TO GET A BETTER SENSE OF THE PREVALENCE OF THE DISEASE AMONG THE STUDENT BODY, PARTICULARLY THOSE LIVING IN CLOSE QUARTERS. JASON: THERE WAS A GOOD DEAL OF DISAPPOINTMENT COMING OUT OF THE GAME LAST WEEK. PEOPLE IN THE CROWD NOT WEARING MASKS. HOW WILL YOU ADDRESS THAT THIS COMING WEEKEND? IS THERE A BETTER WAY TO ENFORCE THAT? JUST TELLING PEOPLE TO PUT THEIR MASKS ON? DR. BRATZLER: THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT HAS COME UP WITH A GOOD PLAN TO TRY TO IMPROVE WHAT HAPPENED AT THE LAST GAME. PART OF IT WAS A BREAKDOWN IN COMMUNICATION BECAUSE THE STUDENT SECTION HAD BEEN MOVED. A LOT OF THE UPPERCLASSMAN CAME TO THE GAME AND DID NOT RECOGNIZE THE STUDENT SECTION HAVE BEEN MOVED. THIS TIME EACH STUDENT WILL HAVE AN ASSIGNED SEAT. THEY WILL BE WATCHING IT CLOSELY TO MAKE SURE THEY STAY IN THOSE ASSIGNED SEATS. WE HAVE MARKED UP SEATS PEOPLE CANNOT SIT IN AND THEY WILL BE SECURITY TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES SET UP IN THE STADIUM. THE GOAL IS TO KEEP PEOPLE PHYSICALLY DISTANT. THEY WILL BE SMALL GROUPS OF STUDENTS ALLOWED TO SIT TOGETHER. WE ARE TRYING TO PHYSICALLY DISTANCE AS MUCH AS WE CAN WITH ALL OF THE FANS INSIDE THE STADIUM. WE WILL BE WATCHING FOR WEARING MASKS. THEY ARE REQUIRED ANY TIME ARE ON THE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS. JASON: YOU SAID STUDENT MAY NOT COME BACK TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION UNTIL AFTER THANKSGIVING. WHY THAT TIMELINE? DR. BRATZLER: OSU HAD ALREADY ANNOUNCED THAT. WE HAVE NOT MADE THAT DECISION YET. THE PRESIDENT, THE BOARD OF REGENTS, THE OTHER LEADERSHIP ON THE NORMAN CAMPUS WILL MAKE THE FINAL DECISION ABOUT WHEN STUDENTS COME BACK. WHEN YOU HAVE A LARGE AMOUNT OR LARGE PROPORTION OF THE STUDENT BODY LEAVE THE STATE AND POTENTIALLY GO HOME, THEY COULD POTENTIALLY BECOME INFECTED. IT RAISES A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT RETESTING WHEN THEY COME BACK AFTER THE BREAK OR NOT. MANY UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY DECIDED TO GO ONLINE FOR THOSE LAST TWO OR THREE WEEKS OF THE SEMESTER. OUR DECISION HAS NOT BEEN MADE YET. I THINK IT WILL COME OUT SOON. JASON: ONE OF THE BIGGEST NATIONAL HEADLINES IS THE REVERSAL BY THE CDC ON ITS GUIDELINES WHEN IT COMES TO AIRBORNE TRANSMISSION. A LOT OF FOLKS ARE CONFUSED. WHAT IS GOING ON? DR. BRATZLER: I READ THE ORIGINAL POSTING THE CDC MADE ABOUT AEROSOL TRANSMISSION. FRANKLY IT WAS THAT ANYTHING WE DID NOT ALREADY KNOW. WE HAVE KNOWN FOR A LONG TIME THAT — WHEN YOU SPEAK, COUGH, SNEZE, HE GOES FURTHER FROM YOUR MOUTH. THEY WILL GO FURTHER DOWNWIND THAN THEY DO IF THE WIND ISN’T IN YOUR FACE. WE HAVE KNOWN THAT FOR QUITE SOME TIME. WE HAVE KNOWN RESTAURANTS REPRESENT AN AREA WHERE PEOPLE CAN GET INFECTED. PARTICULARLY IF AIRFLOW CARRIES DROPLETS WITHIN THE RESTAURANT. WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT THEY POSTED OVER THE WEEKEND AND SUBSEQUENTLY TOOK DOWN, WHAT THEY HIGHLIGHTED WAS EXAMPLES OF AEROSOL TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS ALL IN SETTINGS WHERE PEOPLE DON’T WEAR MASKS. RESTAURANTS. YOU TAKE YOUR MASK OFF TO EAT YOUR MEAL. GYMS. BARS AND OTHER SETTINGS. IT DIDN’T CHANGE ANYTHING IN MY OPINION BECAUSE WE HAVE PUT IN THE POLICY THOSE REQUIREMENTS TO WEAR OUR MASK TO PROTECT YOU FROM BOTH THE DROPLETS GETTING IN THE AIR B ALSO KEEPING YOU FROM BREATHING IN DROPLETS. I WILL HIGHLIGHT AGAIN ANYTIME YOU GO TO ANY EVENT INDOORS AND WHETHER OUR PEOPLE NOT WEARING MASKS, YOU INCREASE THE RISK OF TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS. JASON: WE HAVE SEEN THE SEVEN-DATE AVERAGE JUMP UP FIVE OR SIX TRADE DAYS WITH 1000 PLUS CASES. WHAT IS GOING ON? DR. BRATZLER: I THINK IT IS PROBABLY A COMBINATION OF THINGS GOING ON. I THINK WE HAVE LET OUR GUARD DOWN. I THINK SOMETIMES WE HAVE NOT BEEN QUITE AS RELIGIOUS ABOUT AVOIDING LARGE CROWDS. THE OTHER THING IS THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND MAY HAVE PLAYED SOME ROLE IN THE RECENT INCREASE. AND THE FACT THAT SCHOOLS ARE CK NOW. IF YOU LOOK AT OKLAHOMA DATA, THE GROUP WITH THE MOST NEW CASES ARE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 15 AND 24. THAT TAKES YOUR HIGH SCHOOL KIDS THROUGH YOUR COLLEGE AGED KIDS. THEY DON’T GET VERY SICK WHEN THEY GET THE DISEASE BUT THEY CAN TRANSMITTED TO OTHER — TRANSMIT IT TO OTHERS. TRENDS I THINK ARE IMPORTANT. FIRST, WE’VE HAD BIG OUTBREAKS IN CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES. EARLY IN THE PANDEMIC WE WERE DEALING WITHOUT BREAKS IN NURSING HOMES AND OTHER SETTINGS. WE ARE SEEING THAT SAME THING HAPPENED NOW IN MULTIPLE CORRECTION FACILITIES. THE COUNTY WITH THE MOST CASES IN THE STATE YESTERDAY WAS WOODWARD COUNTY. NEARLY 400 OF THOSE 1100 CASES REPORTED BECAUSE OF A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY. THE OTHER TREND I NOTICED IS IN OUR METROPOLITAN AREAS, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE THE BIGGEST POPULATIONS, WE TYPICALLY SEE THE MOST NEW CASES FROM THE METROPOLITAN AREAS. THE ACTUAL POPULATION-BASED INCIDENCE OF COVID-19 HAVE GONE DOWN CONSIDERABLY IN BOTH OKLAHOMA CITY AND TULSA WHO HAVE MASS MANDATES. WE ARE SEEING OUTBREAKS IN TERMS OF CASES PER POPULATION NO IN THE RURAL COMMUNITIES. JASON: WHAT YOU HAVE A FEW SECONDS LEFT. FIRST DAY OF FALL. WE ARE THINKING ABOUT HALLOWEEN. THE CDC SAID HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES ARE OFF. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT? A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK IF YOU ARE WEARING A MASK TRICK-OR-TREATING YOU SHOULD BE OK. DR. BRATZLER: THERE ARE A COUPLE OF ACTIVITIES I RECOMMEND PEOPLE AVOID. MANY COMMUNITIES WILL HAVE PARTIES. HALLOWEEN PARTIES TO KEEP THE KIDS OFF THE STREET. THAT IS PROBABLY NOT A GOOD IDEA, A BUNCH OF PEOPLE IN CLOSE QUARTERS IN AN INDOOR SETTING FOR HALLOWEEN. IF PEOPLE ARE TRICK-OR-TREATING, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE KIDS WEAR A MASK. WHETHER IT IS UNDERNEATH THE HALLOWEEN MASK THEY ARE WEARING. THEY SHOULD WEAR SOMETHING THAT COVERS THEIR MOUTH AND NOSE TO PROTECT THEM. SECOND, TRY TO AVOID DOING TRICK-OR-TREATING IN A LARGE GROU DO IT IN SMALLER GROUPS OR INDIVIDUALLY. THAT REDUCES THE RISK. THE REALITY IS WHEN YOU GO TO SOMEBODY’S DOOR AND RING THE DOORBELL AND SAY TRICK-OR-TREAT AND GET SOME CANDY, THAT INTERACTION IS USUALLY VERY SHORT. I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES TO WEAR OUR MASK IF THE KIDS COME AROUND. I THINK IF YOU WEAR OUR MASK, AVOID BIG CROWDS. DO IT IN SMALL GROUPS. KEEP THE INTERACTIONS REDUCED. IT CAN PROBABLY BE DONE SAFELY. IT IS DONE OUTDOORS USUALLY. JASON: WE APPRECIATE YOUR T

Oklahoma coronavirus death toll rises by 14; more than 1,100 new positive cases reported

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Tuesday reported 1,164 new coronavirus cases across the state, bringing the total cumulative number of the state’s positive cases to 79,072.>> CORONAVIRUS MAP OF OKLAHOMA: Check cases by countyThe state’s 7-day average is now at a record high of more the 1,100 daily positive cases.Fourteen additional deaths were reported Tuesday; three deaths were identified in the past 24 hours, health officials said: One in Canadian County, one male in the 65 or older age group.Two in Creek County, one male in the 36 – 49 age group and one female in the 65 or older age group.One in Grady County, one female in the 65 or older age group.One in Mayes County, one male in the 65 or older age group.One in McCurtain County, one male in the 65 or older age group.Two in Oklahoma County, two females in the 65 or older age group. One in Rogers County, one female in the 65 or older age group. One in Seminole County, one male in the 36 – 49 age group.One in Tulsa County, one male in the 65 or older age group. Two in Wagoner County, one female and one male in the 65 or older age group. One in Woodward County, one male in the 50 – 64 age group.According to the health department, there have been 962 coronavirus deaths statewide.Get the details from Oklahoma State Department of Health. Officials also reported that 65,482 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus. By Oklahoma health officials’ definition, a recovered patient is currently not hospitalized or deceased and it has been 14 days after onset/report.Health officials reported that there were 1,022,767 total negative specimens. Officials said there have been 5,996 total hospitalizations, and that 628 people are currently hospitalized. According to the health department, 36.64% of those who tested positive are between the ages of 18 and 35, 21.31% are 36 to 49 years old, 17.34% are 50 to 64 years old, 13.38% are 65 years old or older, 9.29% are 5 to 17 years old and 2.02% are 4 years old or younger.TOTAL CUMULATIVE NUMBER OF CASES BY COUNTY (As of Tuesday, Sept. 22) Adair: 590 cases, 10 deaths Alfalfa: 61 cases Atoka: 281 cases, 1 death Beaver: 49 cases Beckham: 326 cases, 1 death Blaine: 115 cases, 1 death Bryan: 864 cases, 4 deaths Caddo: 714 cases, 20 deaths Canadian: 2,044 cases, 17 deaths Carter: 520 cases, 8 deaths Cherokee: 1,025 cases, 7 deaths Choctaw: 305 cases, 2 deaths Cimarron: 23 cases Cleveland: 5,658 cases, 68 deaths Coal: 71 cases Comanche: 1,509 cases, 12 deaths Cotton: 66 cases, 3 deaths Craig: 492 cases, 1 death Creek: 1,083 cases, 30 deaths Custer: 560 cases Delaware: 697 cases, 23 deaths Dewey: 60 cases, 1 death Ellis: 11 cases Garfield: 1,526 cases, 18 deaths Garvin: 347 cases, 4 deaths Grady: 936 cases, 11 deaths Grant: 40 cases Greer: 105 cases, 8 deaths Harmon: 43 cases Harper: 26 cases, 1 death Haskell: 266 cases, 4 deaths Hughes: 288 cases, 4 deaths Jackson: 709 cases, 10 deaths Jefferson: 42 cases Johnston: 150 cases, 4 deaths Kay: 531 cases, 13 deaths Kingfisher: 328 cases, 2 deaths Kiowa: 68 cases, 2 deaths Latimer: 130 cases, 2 deaths Le Flore: 1,031 cases, 17 deaths Lincoln: 398 cases, 10 deaths Logan: 422 cases, 1 death Love: 169 cases, 1 death Major: 80 cases, 1 death Marshall: 173 cases, 1 death Mayes: 562 cases, 11 deaths McClain: 799 cases, 7 deaths McCurtain: 1,238 cases, 34 deaths McIntosh: 298 cases, 4 deaths Murray: 119 cases, 1 death Muskogee: 1,723 cases, 21 deaths Noble: 143 cases, 2 deaths Nowata: 134 cases, 3 deaths Okfuskee: 133 cases, 4 deaths Oklahoma: 16,961 cases, 185 deaths Okmulgee: 791 cases, 5 deaths Osage: 796 cases, 13 deaths Other: 58 cases Ottawa: 805 cases, 4 deaths Pawnee: 245 cases, 3 deaths Payne: 2,080 cases, 6 deaths Pittsburg: 895 cases, 19 deaths Pontotoc: 361 cases, 3 deaths Pottawatomie: 1,234 cases, 9 deaths Pushmataha: 149 cases, 1 death Roger Mills: 35 cases, 1 death Rogers: 1,729 cases, 49 deaths Seminole: 414 cases, 6 deaths Sequoyah: 815 cases, 11 deaths Stephens: 389 cases, 5 deaths Texas: 1,436 cases, 8 deaths Tillman: 82 cases, 2 deaths Tulsa: 16,207 cases, 153 deaths Wagoner: 1,422 cases, 26 deaths Washington: 954 cases, 40 deaths Washita: 64 cases Woods: 99 cases Woodward: 970 cases, 1 death

OKLAHOMA CITY —

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Tuesday reported 1,164 new coronavirus cases across the state, bringing the total cumulative number of the state’s positive cases to 79,072.

>> CORONAVIRUS MAP OF OKLAHOMA: Check cases by county

The state’s 7-day average is now at a record high of more the 1,100 daily positive cases.

Fourteen additional deaths were reported Tuesday; three deaths were identified in the past 24 hours, health officials said:

  • One in Canadian County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Creek County, one male in the 36 – 49 age group and one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Grady County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Mayes County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in McCurtain County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Oklahoma County, two females in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Rogers County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Seminole County, one male in the 36 – 49 age group.
  • One in Tulsa County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Wagoner County, one female and one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Woodward County, one male in the 50 – 64 age group.

According to the health department, there have been 962 coronavirus deaths statewide.

Get the details from Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Officials also reported that 65,482 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus. By Oklahoma health officials’ definition, a recovered patient is currently not hospitalized or deceased and it has been 14 days after onset/report.

Health officials reported that there were 1,022,767 total negative specimens. Officials said there have been 5,996 total hospitalizations, and that 628 people are currently hospitalized.

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According to the health department, 36.64% of those who tested positive are between the ages of 18 and 35, 21.31% are 36 to 49 years old, 17.34% are 50 to 64 years old, 13.38% are 65 years old or older, 9.29% are 5 to 17 years old and 2.02% are 4 years old or younger.

TOTAL CUMULATIVE NUMBER OF CASES BY COUNTY (As of Tuesday, Sept. 22)

  • Adair: 590 cases, 10 deaths
  • Alfalfa: 61 cases
  • Atoka: 281 cases, 1 death
  • Beaver: 49 cases
  • Beckham: 326 cases, 1 death
  • Blaine: 115 cases, 1 death
  • Bryan: 864 cases, 4 deaths
  • Caddo: 714 cases, 20 deaths
  • Canadian: 2,044 cases, 17 deaths
  • Carter: 520 cases, 8 deaths
  • Cherokee: 1,025 cases, 7 deaths
  • Choctaw: 305 cases, 2 deaths
  • Cimarron: 23 cases
  • Cleveland: 5,658 cases, 68 deaths
  • Coal: 71 cases
  • Comanche: 1,509 cases, 12 deaths
  • Cotton: 66 cases, 3 deaths
  • Craig: 492 cases, 1 death
  • Creek: 1,083 cases, 30 deaths
  • Custer: 560 cases
  • Delaware: 697 cases, 23 deaths
  • Dewey: 60 cases, 1 death
  • Ellis: 11 cases
  • Garfield: 1,526 cases, 18 deaths
  • Garvin: 347 cases, 4 deaths
  • Grady: 936 cases, 11 deaths
  • Grant: 40 cases
  • Greer: 105 cases, 8 deaths
  • Harmon: 43 cases
  • Harper: 26 cases, 1 death
  • Haskell: 266 cases, 4 deaths
  • Hughes: 288 cases, 4 deaths
  • Jackson: 709 cases, 10 deaths
  • Jefferson: 42 cases
  • Johnston: 150 cases, 4 deaths
  • Kay: 531 cases, 13 deaths
  • Kingfisher: 328 cases, 2 deaths
  • Kiowa: 68 cases, 2 deaths
  • Latimer: 130 cases, 2 deaths
  • Le Flore: 1,031 cases, 17 deaths
  • Lincoln: 398 cases, 10 deaths
  • Logan: 422 cases, 1 death
  • Love: 169 cases, 1 death
  • Major: 80 cases, 1 death
  • Marshall: 173 cases, 1 death
  • Mayes: 562 cases, 11 deaths
  • McClain: 799 cases, 7 deaths
  • McCurtain: 1,238 cases, 34 deaths
  • McIntosh: 298 cases, 4 deaths
  • Murray: 119 cases, 1 death
  • Muskogee: 1,723 cases, 21 deaths
  • Noble: 143 cases, 2 deaths
  • Nowata: 134 cases, 3 deaths
  • Okfuskee: 133 cases, 4 deaths
  • Oklahoma: 16,961 cases, 185 deaths
  • Okmulgee: 791 cases, 5 deaths
  • Osage: 796 cases, 13 deaths
  • Other: 58 cases
  • Ottawa: 805 cases, 4 deaths
  • Pawnee: 245 cases, 3 deaths
  • Payne: 2,080 cases, 6 deaths
  • Pittsburg: 895 cases, 19 deaths
  • Pontotoc: 361 cases, 3 deaths
  • Pottawatomie: 1,234 cases, 9 deaths
  • Pushmataha: 149 cases, 1 death
  • Roger Mills: 35 cases, 1 death
  • Rogers: 1,729 cases, 49 deaths
  • Seminole: 414 cases, 6 deaths
  • Sequoyah: 815 cases, 11 deaths
  • Stephens: 389 cases, 5 deaths
  • Texas: 1,436 cases, 8 deaths
  • Tillman: 82 cases, 2 deaths
  • Tulsa: 16,207 cases, 153 deaths
  • Wagoner: 1,422 cases, 26 deaths
  • Washington: 954 cases, 40 deaths
  • Washita: 64 cases
  • Woods: 99 cases
  • Woodward: 970 cases, 1 death

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