COVID-19 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

NORMAN — The Oklahoma State Department of Health's Saturday update showed 580 new COVID-19 cases, 25 of them in Norman. 

The state's cumulative case total grew to 15,645 Saturday. The state has reported 11,965 recoveries.

Oklahoma's seven-day new case average is at an all-time high Saturday. The case average takes new case numbers from seven consecutive days and averages them to show trends over time.

The Health Department reported no new COVID-19-related deaths Saturday, leaving the state death toll at 398.

As cases continue to spike in Oklahoma, experts have recommended that Oklahomans continue to wear face masks, practice social distancing and good hygiene and be cautious in situations where spread is possible. The case spike is due to increased positive test rates and community spread, not increased testing, health officials say.

Tulsa and Oklahoma City adopted renewed restrictions on public gatherings and mandated masks for bar and restaurant employees this week. Norman Mayor Breea Clark and the city council will consider a mask ordinance at Tuesday's city council meeting.

The state has not updated hospitalization numbers since Thursday evening, when the state's executive order report showed 391 current confirmed and suspected COVID-19 hospitalizations in Oklahoma. 

The Health Department reported 25 new cases in Norman Saturday, bringing the city's cumulative case total to 531. The Health Department has reported 384 recoveries and 23 deaths in Norman.

Saturday's update shows that 32 of the newest cases are in Cleveland County.

The county has now reported 1,035 total COVID-19 cases, 777 of them recovered. The county's COVID-19-related death toll stands at 40. 

The Cleveland County Health Department has designated bars, pool parties, house gatherings, weddings, funerals and faith-based activities as the events most likely to contribute to COVID-19 spread locally.

The state's latest executive order from Thursday evening showed 128 total COVID-19 cases, 109 recoveries and 19 total deaths across six Norman nursing homes. Thursday's report shows that 205 of the state's then-395 COVID-related deaths occurred in nursing homes or longterm care facilities.

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

The county health department is also offering curbside tests by appointment at its Moore and Norman locations. OU Health Services also is offering curbside tests by appointment to OU students, faculty or staff.

Emma Keith


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