COVID-19 hospitalizations near record high

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases, as hospitalizations from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus remained near their all-time high in the state.

Oklahoma recorded 1,083 new confirmed cases of the virus on Friday and another 38 fatalities, state health officials said Saturday. The Oklahoma State Department of Health has delayed reporting case counts over the holiday weekend.

The actual number of cases is believed to be far higher because many people haven’t been tested and some who get sick don’t show symptoms.

There were 1,910 people hospitalized with the virus in Oklahoma on New Year’s Day, according to the department. The state’s record was set Monday when there were 1,927 people with the virus in Oklahoma hospitals.

Over the last week, more than 18% of coronavirus tests in Oklahoma have come back positive, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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 virus can cause severe illness and be fatal.

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