Oklahoma sets record for number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized – KOCO Oklahoma City

The state’s executive order report that was released Monday night states that 699 Oklahomans are in the hospital fighting COVID-19, marking a record number for the state.When this story aired on KOCO 5, the Oklahoma State Department of Health had not released its latest report. One thing to keep in mind is that the state’s hospitalization numbers fluctuate, but even if the latest number doesn’t hold at the record level, the hospitalization number has been elevated for quite a while in Oklahoma.Of the 699 people hospitalized due to COVID-19, 228 are in the intensive care unit. That number has been over what health experts call a concerning benchmark of 200 for almost a month.Commissioner of Health Lance Frye on Tuesday spoke with the state’s top health officials about those numbers.“On the hospitalizations, I have looked at those in detail. I’ve looked at the percentage of COVID patients in each hospital that reports to us,” Frye said. “And so, the percentage – and those are based off of their staffing, their staffed capacity – so I’ve taken a look at all that thoroughly and can say … I just looked at it last night again … that we do have capacity in the state. We’re doing OK.” The concern now is that if hospitalizations stay this high going into flu season, there could be concerns about having enough beds and having enough staff for them.Meantime, coronavirus cases are elevated with the Oklahoma State Department of Health on Tuesday reporting more than 1,300 new cases. It’s unclear if the number is dropping or rising considering the state has expanded testing, but the number of tests coming back positive is still above 8%.With some of the case and testing data in flux right now, top health officials are looking closely at the hospitalization number, which has been one of the biggest drivers for Oklahoma leaders.Editor’s Note: The executive order report that was released Tuesday evening states that 738 Oklahomans are hospitalized because of COVID-19. You can read the full report here.

The state’s executive order report that was released Monday night states that 699 Oklahomans are in the hospital fighting COVID-19, marking a record number for the state.

When this story aired on KOCO 5, the Oklahoma State Department of Health had not released its latest report. One thing to keep in mind is that the state’s hospitalization numbers fluctuate, but even if the latest number doesn’t hold at the record level, the hospitalization number has been elevated for quite a while in Oklahoma.

Of the 699 people hospitalized due to COVID-19, 228 are in the intensive care unit. That number has been over what health experts call a concerning benchmark of 200 for almost a month.

Commissioner of Health Lance Frye on Tuesday spoke with the state’s top health officials about those numbers.

“On the hospitalizations, I have looked at those in detail. I’ve looked at the percentage of COVID patients in each hospital that reports to us,” Frye said. “And so, the percentage – and those are based off of their staffing, their staffed capacity – so I’ve taken a look at all that thoroughly and can say … I just looked at it last night again … that we do have capacity in the state. We’re doing OK.”

The concern now is that if hospitalizations stay this high going into flu season, there could be concerns about having enough beds and having enough staff for them.

Meantime, coronavirus cases are elevated with the Oklahoma State Department of Health on Tuesday reporting more than 1,300 new cases. It’s unclear if the number is dropping or rising considering the state has expanded testing, but the number of tests coming back positive is still above 8%.

With some of the case and testing data in flux right now, top health officials are looking closely at the hospitalization number, which has been one of the biggest drivers for Oklahoma leaders.

Editor’s Note: The executive order report that was released Tuesday evening states that 738 Oklahomans are hospitalized because of COVID-19. You can read the full report here.