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Oklahoma nears 4,000 deaths for illness caused by virus

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The death toll in Oklahoma from illness caused by the coronavirus approached 4,000 on Saturday, with 35 more deaths reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

The health department has reported a total of 3,994 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

According to the department, 1,458 new cases of the virus have been reported for a total of 412,276.

The ministry’s weekly report shows 12,336 new cases for the period Feb. 5 through Thursday, a 21.1 percent decrease in new weekly cases.

The seven-day moving averages of the positivity rate, new cases and deaths in the past two weeks are all down, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The average positivity rate fell from 15.6% to 12%, the average of new cases increased from 2,603.57 per day to 1,584.43 and the average number of deaths increased from 40.57 to 35, 57 per day.

Oklahoma ranks third in the country for the number of new cases per capita with 674.63 per 100,000 population, according to Johns Hopkins data.

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