State health officials on Friday reported 169 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three more fatalities from the disease.

There have been 307 deaths from the disease since March 19, according to Oklahoma State Health Department data. An Oklahoma County resident and another from Tulsa County, both older than 65, died recently from the disease. A Texas County man in the 50-64 age group also died from the disease.

There have been 5,849 confirmed cases since early March.

Friday marked the second highest spike in new cases. On April 4, state health officials reported 171 new cases.

Most of the new cases occurred in the state’s hot spots. Seventy new cases were reported in Oklahoma County, 31 in Texas County and 38 in Tulsa County.

Prevention of COVID-19’s spread remains the overall goal to reduce strain on hospitals and save lives. Prevention methods include social distancing, home isolation, face coverings and enhanced hygiene.

Public health officials started recommending in early April that people wear cloth face coverings to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The recommendation is not to prevent the wearer from contracting the virus but to help prevent the wearer from unknowingly spreading it. COVID-19 has an incubation period of two days to two weeks, during which time a person may be contagious but not have symptoms.

Social distancing means staying out of group or congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others.

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