By Associated Press - Sunday, December 27, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma health authorities have reported more than 2,600 news cases of COVID-19 over the last two days as well as 13 more deaths from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said the new counts from Saturday and Sunday bring the state totals to 279,139 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,370 fatalities. There were 2,458 new cases Saturday and 173 cases Sunday, according to the department. The 13 new deaths were reported Sunday.

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

Over the last seven days, more than 15% 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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