Oklahoma coronavirus cases near 5,500, deaths approach 300

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma is nearing 5,500 and there are now nearly 300 deaths due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Tuesday.

There are 5,489 confirmed cases of the virus and 294 deaths, an increase from 5,398 cases and 288 deaths reported on Monday. The actual number of those infected is thought to be much higher because many people haven't been tested and studies suggest people can have the disease without showing symptoms.

The department said 4.4% of those tested since Saturday for the virus tested positive.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday it will provide nearly $88 million to Oklahoma to support testing for COVID-19 as part of a $10.25 billion nationwide funding package.

The money is to be used to develop, purchase, administer, process, and analyze COVID-19 tests, conduct surveillance, trace contacts, and related activities.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and 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.

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