The number of deaths in Oklahoma from the illness caused by the new coronavirus topped 1,000, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported Saturday.
Health officials said 11 new COVID-19 deaths raised to 1,004 the Oklahoma death toll since the state began tracking the coronavirus in early March.
State health officials also reported that 990 new confirmed cases raised the Oklahoma caseload to at least 83,510. Also, the number of active cases rose by 136 to 12,752. However, the actual number of cases in Oklahoma is likely higher because many people haven’t been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms 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.