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Confirmed coronavirus cases in Oklahoma rise by record 993; GCTC reports COVID-19 case on Shawnee campus

AP

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Oklahoma has increased by a record 993 with four additional deaths due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported Tuesday.

The previous daily record for reported cases was 858 on July 7.

The state reported total 21,738 cases of the virus and 428 deaths, up from 21,745 cases and 424 deaths reported Monday. The actual number of positive cases is likely much higher since many people haven't been tested and some who get the disease don't show symptoms.

The health department reported 546 people have been hospitalized either with the virus or under investigation, and 16,635 have recovered.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the highly contagious virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.

UNIVERSITY GRADUATION

The University of Oklahoma announced Tuesday that it will hold in-person graduation ceremonies for 2020 graduates in May 2021.

The school had planned for an August ceremony after postponing spring graduation ceremonies in May in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but President Joseph Harroz Jr. said in a statement on the university's website that an August event would be a health risk due to the heat and coronavirus restrictions.

"To host an outdoor event during the hottest time of the year with mask requirements in place would be unfair to many, especially family members who would have to endure a lengthy ceremony in the summer heat," Harroz said.

On Tuesday, Shawnee's Gordon Cooper Technology Center reported a member of its campus community tested positive for COVID-19.

GCTC Administration was made aware of the positive test Monday, and those who may have had direct contact with the individual were notified.

GCTC strives to put the safety of its staff and students first and is always in the process of evaluating and revising its workplace safety practices related to the pandemic.