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17 virus deaths recorded Tuesday sends seven-day average to record high

Associated Press

(AP) —The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Tuesday reported 49,326 confirmed coronavirus cases and 682 deaths, increases of 615 cases and 17 additional deaths from those reported Monday.

The true number of cases in Oklahoma is likely higher because many people have not been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

The department reported 41,370 people have recovered and that there are 7,274 active cases. 

The seven-day average of statewide deaths linked to COVID-19 rose above nine for the first time ever. Oklahoma has recorded 141 deaths in August and is on pace to become the deadliest month for the state during the pandemic.

Oklahoma recorded 17 new deaths linked to COVID-19 Tuesday, sending the seven-day average of new daily deaths to the highest level during the pandemic.

Carter County has recorded 375 confirmed coronavirus cases, after five new cases were recorded Tuesday. Active cases fell to 44, the lowest number in more than three weeks.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and 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.

Michael D. Smith contributed to this report