COVID-19 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

NORMAN — The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported an additional COVID-19-related death and 72 new cases in Norman on Thursday.

The city has now recorded 68 COVID-19-related deaths, 26 of them reported in the last month alone. The Health Department does not report the exact dates when individual COVID-19 deaths occur.

Norman's cumulative case total is at 5,690, with 4,750 recoveries.

Oklahoma reported 2,915 new cases in the state Thursday, bringing Oklahoma's cumulative case total to 164,340. Nearly 10,000 of those cases have been reported in the last week. 

The state's seven-day case average reached 2,807 on Thursday, an all-time high.

Statewide hospitalizations were down slightly on Wednesday evening, retreating to their second-highest level ever from a record high of 1,434 on Tuesday. Oklahoma reported 1,381 confirmed and suspected hospitalizations in Wednesday's executive order report. 

The state reported 18 additional deaths Thursday, bringing Oklahoma's death toll to 1,588. 

With 162 new cases Thursday, Cleveland County's cumulative case total reached 10,992. The county has reported more than 1,000 of those total cases in the last week alone, as daily new case numbers in the triple digits become the county's norm.

The additional death reported in Norman Thursday brings the county death toll to 118. The Health Department has reported 9,132 recoveries in the county.

Moore reported 45 new cases Thursday, bringing the city's cumulative total to 2,135. Moore has reported 18 COVID-related deaths.

The latest update to the Health Department's risk assessment map placed the county at an Orange Level on the map and an Orange Level 2 in the State Department of Health and Norman Public Schools' reopening plan. NPS released school-specific case and quarantine numbers Monday afternoon.

The Health Department is operating testing locations throughout the state at places and times listed on the OSDH website.

OU offers free on-campus testing at Cate Center 3 for students living on campus from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. OU Health Services also offers curbside tests by appointment to OU students, faculty or staff.

Norman lab IMMY is hosting free drive-thru testing events every Monday through Friday and every Sunday at 2701 Corporate Centre Drive. The weekday events will run 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Sunday events 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is required ahead of time on IMMY's website at, where the lab also posts other testing sites throughout the state.

The county health department is offering curbside tests by appointment at its Moore and Norman locations.

The City of Norman's COVID data dashboard is available at

Emma Keith covers Norman Public Schools and the University of Oklahoma for The Transcript. Reach her at or at @emma_ckeith.

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