52 virus-related deaths and 2,042 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state as of Wednesday, according to daily figures released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
A total of 652,731 cases of COVID-19 have been reported since the start of the pandemic, and the preliminary death toll has risen to 11,633, the state health department said Friday.
OSDH has not released an update on COVID-19 cases due to the Veterans Day holiday on Thursday.
The seven-day moving average for newly reported cases was 646 cases, according to the state health service.
Currently, 6,075 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, OSDH said.
As of Tuesday, a total of 4,608,699 doses of vaccine have been administered with 2,387,803 prime doses by the state. More than 2,001,200 Oklahomans have completed both inoculations or have been fully vaccinated.
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About 395 Oklahomans are currently in OSDH-licensed acute care facilities, with 136 in the ICU and 22 currently in other types of facilities due to COVID-19. Of the total 395 hospital admissions, 17 are pediatric hospital admissions, OSDH said.
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Click here to view the state’s COVID-19 data.
The health ministry said they added about 1,300 previously unreported cases occurring in the past four months, resulting in the “artificially high” new case number for April 7.
On March 23, the state health service announced that COVID vaccinations would be open to all Oklahomans 16 and older. Phase 4 will open on Monday 29 March.
On March 11, Governor Kevin Stitt announced the rollback of COVID-19 restrictions and plans for the state to return to normal before the summer season.
On March 3, the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced it is changing the way it reports COVID-19 deaths.
The department said this change will better align with the death toll released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The preliminary death rate is based on death certificates. As the number of cases increased in late 2020, OSDH epidemiologists began to encounter larger numbers of incomplete data that required in-depth research, leading to a large difference between OSDH deaths and the CDC’s, the health department said.
The difference between the total virus-related deaths of the OSDH and that of the CDC was about 2,500 deaths.
The state launched its vaccination appointment website on January 7. After Oklahomans complete a questionnaire, they are told what stage they are in and allowed to schedule appointments when their stage will be vaccinated.
Click here to view the appointment planner and questionnaire.
On Jan. 13, Governor Kevin Stitt amended his executive order to remove the 11 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants to halt personal service. This happened after a judge ruled that a temporary restraining order is in place until July to allow the lawsuit to continue.
On January 12, Stitt and government officials announced a new quarantine policy for personal learning.
The governor announced that teachers or students exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 would not need to quarantine as long as that exposure took place in a classroom and all protocols were followed. Those protocols include wearing masks, social distancing and enforcing recommended cleaning measures.
The first COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Oklahoma on December 14 and were administered to frontline workers.
Ahead of the first round of vaccine distribution in December, Governor Stitt issued new restrictions.
On Dec. 10, Stitt said he planned to issue an executive order to introduce more state restrictions, including limiting attendance at public gatherings, excluding churches, and limiting the attendance of indoor youth sporting events to 50%. of the capacity.
As the number of cases and hospitalizations continued to rise in November, Stitt issued new actions to curb the spread.
On November 19, bars and restaurants close at 11pm for personalized service and tables must be spaced 1.5 meters apart or dividers must be used.
A mask mandate was issued for state employees and for people who wanted access to state buildings.
The state health department corrected the daily total from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, choosing not to release a new daily COVID-19 total from Saturday to Sunday.
Health officials said it has removed the duplicate cases from the total, but the total number has only fallen from 4,741 to 4,507, down from 234.
Stitt released a statement on Nov. 7 asking Oklahomans to “do the right thing” and follow CDC guidelines — practice social distancing, wear a face mask, and wash your hands regularly — to slow the spread.
On Sept. 8, the state health department said it has begun the transition to include antigen test results in the state’s data collection and reporting system. A positive antigen test result is considered a “probable” case, while a positive molecular test result is considered a “confirmed” case.
Antigen testing is a rapid test that can be completed in less than an hour. Molecular tests usually take days for results to be available.
On July 15, Stitt said he had tested positive for COVID-19, making him the first governor in the country to test positive for the virus. He has since posted video updates on his health and quarantine.
Oklahoma reported its first infant death from the virus on July 12. The child was a 13-year-old daughter of a soldier stationed at Fort Sill.
Shortly after word of the girl’s death, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister advised all Oklahomans to wear face masks in order to safely reopen schools in the fall.
On June 30, Stitt wore a face mask and “highly encouraged” Oklahomans to follow CDC guidelines regarding face masks.
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Stitt said last April 28 that anyone who wanted to take a COVID-19 test could do so, even if they showed no symptoms.
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The state health service advises anyone with COVID-19 symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever or cough to stay home and limit personal involvement.
The national hotline for coronavirus is 877-215-8336 or 211. Click here for a list of links and resources for coronavirus (COVID-19).