OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma has surpassed a grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic.
On Thursday, data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that the state has had 603,161 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March of 2020.
That’s an increase of 2,361 cases since Wednesday, Sept. 22.
At this point, officials believe there are 15,293 active cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oklahoma has seen 10,025 deaths as of Thursday. That’s a jump of 42 new deaths since Wednesday’s numbers were released.
Officials say there were 1,205 Oklahomans hospitalized with COVID-19 on average over the past three days. Authorities also noted that there were 32 pediatric hospitalizations for COVID-19 included in that number.
Health leaders say over 2.2 million Oklahomans have received their initial COVID-19 vaccine, while 1.84 million have completed the series.
Thursday afternoon the Oklahoma Commissioner of Health gave the following written statement:
“We are sorry to report that as of today, we have lost over 10,000 Oklahomans to COVID-19. This count represents the lives of our friends, neighbors and loved ones, and any number of deaths will always be too many.
We have the tools in our hands right now to prevent further loss of life. As more transmissible variants, such as the Delta variant, emerge, we urge Oklahomans to remain vigilant about protecting themselves from this deadly virus.
Safe and effective vaccines are readily available to help prevent instances of severe illness and death. We encourage all eligible individuals to get vaccinated as soon as possible, especially as we approach the holiday season, a time when there is increased risk of transmission in our communities.
We also encourage the use of other mitigation efforts, such as the 3 W’s, to protect yourself, particularly in crowded indoor environments.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please seek out testing to protect your close contacts.”Dr. Lance Frye, Oklahoma Commissioner of Health