OKLAHOMA CITY – An additional 17 COVID-19 deaths were reported Tuesday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the most deaths reported in a day since 17 deaths were reported on Aug. 5.
OSDH has reported 64 deaths in the last seven days, compared with 52 deaths the previous seven days and 30 deaths for the same seven days in July.
There have been 682 COVID-19-related deaths in Oklahoma, according to OSDH.
The department reported 615 new confirmed cases on Tuesday, increasing total cases to 49,326.
While deaths have been increasing, the rate of new cases has been declining.
There were 4,598 new cases in the last seven days, down from 5,265 confirmed new cases the previous seven days and 8,277 new cases for the same seven days in July.
OSDH reported 7,274 active cases on Tuesday, down 241 from Monday but up from 6,912 a week earlier.
The department reported 41,370 people have recovered, up 839 from Monday.
Also on Tuesday, the University of Oklahoma said it is requiring its sororities to recruit new members virtually after learning of students attending large social events without taking precautions against the coronavirus.
“We were notified of students attending large, unsanctioned, social gatherings where masking and social distancing policies were not observed, a majority hosted by Greek affiliated organizations,” Quy Nguyen, student life director and assistant dean of students, said in an email to families of students.
“We were also notified of other problematic behaviors by our chapters that had the potential of creating an environment where potential new members and current members would have been put at a high risk of health and safety surrounding COVID-19,” the disease caused by the illness, the email said.
The decision comes after Oklahoma State University announced that a sorority house is quarantined and its members prohibited from leaving the house after 23 tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.
The mayor of Stillwater, where Oklahoma State is located, said Monday that he will issue an emergency declaration limiting the number of people allowed inside bars and requiring patrons to be seated in order to be served.
“We’ve heard from bar owners … no matter how many folks that are in the bar, if you put 10 of them in there they’re all going to stand next to each other. If you put 50 in there they’re all going to stand next to each other,” Mayor Will Joyce said during a Monday night City Council meeting.
“So one way to help make sure that doesn’t happen is to require table service,” and an emergency order will be issued before the weekend, Joyce said.
–Includes contributions from Associated Press