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State Health Officials: Oklahoma's Peak Expected By Next Week

Posted at 7:29 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 20:57:00-04

State health officials are closely watching the hot spots for coronavirus in the Sooner State.

Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas have the most cases along with Norman in Cleveland County.

Secretary of Health Jerome Loughridge says localized outbreaks in nursing homes, such as one in Green Country, are also being watched.

Right now, they are seeing some early signs that fewer people are dying.

Though we haven't hit the peak which is expected around April 21.

"What the peak tells you is how you are doing with respect to your capacities," Loughridge said. "The key capacities are for hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators, but when we refer to the peak, that's not when it's over. That's simply monitoring how we sit with respect to overall capacity in the state."

Right now, the average time a coronavirus patient spends in the hospital is 10 to 14 days.

While the peak is right around the corner, Loughridge warns that does not mean the pandemic is over.

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