Oklahoma reports 942 new coronavirus cases, 13 deaths
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma health officials reported 942 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and 13 additional deaths on Friday.
The latest numbers from the Oklahoma State Department of Health bring the total number of confirmed cases to 67,642 and the state’s death toll to 888. The actual number of cases is likely higher because many people haven’t been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
Meanwhile, Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office said the number of requests for federal Coronavirus Relief Funds from cities and counties quadrupled in August. The governor’s office says cities and counties must complete the state’s risk assessment form by Sept. 15 to qualify for the funds.
So far, more than 400 Oklahoma cities, towns and counties have filed for payments, and more than $83 million has been paid, the governor’s office reported. Oklahoma has dedicated more than $250 million in federal relief funds to help cities and counties respond to the pandemic.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and a cough 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.
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