OSDH: More than 600,000 Oklahomans have received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Officials say more than 600,000 Oklahomans have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

On Friday, data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that the state has had 427,558 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March of 2020.

That’s an increase of 917 cases or a 0.2% increase.

State health officials say they are now including the CDC’s number of COVID-19 deaths as a provisional count.

COVID-19 death discrepancy: OSDH adds CDC numbers to daily report  

Health officials tell KFOR that since the switch, the death counts will only be updated weekly on Tuesdays.

The Oklahoma State Health Department has always tracked COVID-19 deaths in multiple ways. We have reported the CDC death numbers, which are based purely on death certificates, and our own methodology, which counts deaths after an epidemiological investigation in Acute Disease Service (ADS). Both systems are correct, but each comes with its pros and cons for evaluating deaths related to COVID-19.

As cases increased toward the end of 2020, our investigating epidemiologists began encountering larger numbers of incomplete records requiring in-depth investigation. This has resulted in an increasing difference between the OSDH death count and the one reported by CDC.

Both the CDC and ADS numbers will continue to be available to Oklahomans, but the CDC number will become our primary reported number.

We will also continue our case investigation process through ADS and state epidemiologists. However, we feel this reporting change will align better with CDC’s numbers and will provide the most up-to-date and transparent information for Oklahomans.

Addressing a global crisis in our home state requires flexibility to change course when conditions on the ground mandate a new approach. This is one of those times.

Transparency and access to data is the priority here, and we feel this change is best to keep our state accountable to all Oklahomans during the ongoing fight against COVID-19. Every single death in Oklahoma is a tragedy, and every single life has been and will be counted and remembered as we endure this pandemic.”

State Epidemiologist Dr. Jared Taylor

As a result of that inclusion, the deaths jumped to 7,202, compared to the 4,534 reported by the health department.

picture of first Nurse receiving covid-19 vaccine in Oklahoma
Hannah White is the first Oklahoman to receive the vaccine. White is an emergency room Registered Nurse.

Right now, officials say there are 396 people in Oklahoma hospitals with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

So far, the state reports that 638,966 Oklahomans have received their first dose of the vaccine, while 368,851 have completed both doses.

Here is a link to the most recent Epidemiology Report provided by the state.

Here is the breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma counties:

  • Adair: 3,104 (25 deaths) (2,942 recovered)
  • Alfalfa: 1,149 (5 deaths) (1,134 recovered)
  • Atoka: 1,774 (13 deaths) (1,701 recovered)
  • Beaver: 440 (6 deaths) (421 recovered)
  • Beckham: 2,793 (37 deaths) (2,664 recovered)
  • Blaine: 1,003 (8 deaths) (955 recovered)
  • Bryan: 5,933 (56 deaths) (5,624 recovered)
  • Caddo: 3,838 (58 deaths) (3,634 recovered)
  • Canadian: 16,026 (97 deaths) (15,581 recovered)
  • Carter: 5,747 (60 deaths) (5,490 recovered)
  • Cherokee: 5,440 (44 deaths) (5,155 recovered)
  • Choctaw: 1,569 (14 deaths) (1,481 recovered)
  • Cimarron: 198 (1 death) (192 recovered)
  • Cleveland: 28,905 (274 deaths) (27,622 recovered)
  • Coal: 684 (14 deaths) (654 recovered)
  • Comanche: 12,179 (140 deaths) (11,437 recovered)
  • Cotton: 653 (13 deaths) (602 recovered)
  • Craig: 1,897 (11 deaths) (1,829 recovered)
  • Creek: 6,608 (117 deaths) (6,342 recovered)
  • Custer: 4,026 (72 deaths) (3,866 recovered)
  • Delaware: 4,384 (62 deaths) (4,211 recovered)
  • Dewey: 536 (6 deaths) (511 recovered)
  • Ellis: 352 (3 deaths) (337 recovered)
  • Garfield: 7,599 (78 deaths) (7,330 recovered)
  • Garvin: 3,472 (52 deaths) (3,317 recovered)
  • Grady: 5,682 (76 deaths) (5,460 recovered)
  • Grant: 538 (7 deaths) (523 recovered)
  • Greer: 537 (17 deaths) (504 recovered)
  • Harmon: 290 (3 deaths) (269 recovered)
  • Harper: 407 (4 deaths) (395 recovered)
  • Haskell: 1,226 (11 deaths) (1,161 recovered)
  • Hughes: 1,163 (17 deaths) (1,095 recovered)
  • Jackson: 2,951 (44 deaths) (2,780 recovered)
  • Jefferson: 672 (12 deaths) (646 recovered)
  • Johnston: 1,334 (20 deaths) (1,259 recovered)
  • Kay: 5,098 (81 deaths) (4,864 recovered)
  • Kingfisher: 1,996 (24 deaths) (1,929 recovered)
  • Kiowa: 796 (16 deaths) (741 recovered)
  • Latimer: 812 (9 deaths) (773 recovered)
  • Le Flore: 5,400 (44 deaths) (5,231 recovered)
  • Lincoln: 3,092 (54 deaths) (2,958 recovered)
  • Logan: 4,003 (28 deaths) (3,835 recovered)
  • Love: 1,429 (12 deaths) (1,381 recovered)
  • Major: 940 (12 deaths) (910 recovered)
  • Marshall: 1,870 (12 deaths) (1,819 recovered)
  • Mayes: 4,024 (38 deaths) (3,840 recovered)
  • McClain: 5,058 (50 deaths) (4,833 recovered)
  • McCurtain: 3,827 (64 deaths) (3,574 recovered)
  • McIntosh: 1,931 (35 deaths) (1,796 recovered)
  • Murray: 1,923 (22 deaths) (1,849 recovered)
  • Muskogee: 9,117 (106 deaths) (8,608 recovered)
  • Noble: 1,352 (13 deaths) (1,291 recovered)
  • Nowata: 1,109 (16 deaths) (1,053 recovered)
  • Okfuskee: 1,761 (20 deaths) (1,702 recovered)
  • Oklahoma: 81,462 (758 deaths) (78,448 recovered)
  • Okmulgee: 3,638 (50 deaths) (3,507 recovered)
  • Osage: 4,504 (52 deaths) (4,343 recovered)
  • Other: 4
  • Ottawa: 3,633 (46 deaths) (3,512 recovered)
  • Pawnee: 1,722 (33 deaths) (1,639 recovered)
  • Payne: 8,420 (47 deaths) (8,168 recovered)
  • Pittsburg: 4,446 (39 deaths) (4,274 recovered)
  • Pontotoc: 4,957 (48 deaths) (4,735 recovered)
  • Pottawatomie: 7,957 (79 deaths) (7,674 recovered)
  • Pushmataha: 994 (14 deaths) (935 recovered)
  • Roger Mills: 383 (7 deaths) (361 recovered)
  • Rogers: 9,952 (119 deaths) (9,573 recovered)
  • Seminole: 2,760 (39 deaths) (2,619 recovered)
  • Sequoyah: 3,937 (31 deaths) (3,782 recovered)
  • Stephens: 4,696 (68 deaths) (4,523 recovered)
  • Texas: 3,453 (24 deaths) (3,362 recovered)
  • Tillman: 751 (14 deaths) (709 recovered)
  • Tulsa: 71,329 (723 deaths) (69,238 recovered)
  • Wagoner: 7,728 (83 deaths) (7,455 recovered)
  • Washington: 4,848 (89 deaths) (4,628 recovered)
  • Washita: 1,057 (9 deaths) (1,019 recovered)
  • Woods: 1,187 (11 deaths) (1,159 recovered)
  • Woodward: 3,093 (18 deaths) (3,004 recovered)
A Nevada man was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 a second time.
Coronavirus representation

In all, officials believe there are 12,246 active cases of COVID-19 across Oklahoma.

According to health department data on Friday, officials believe 410,778 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus.

This electron microscope image made available and color-enhanced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Md., shows Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, orange, isolated from a patient. University of Hong Kong scientists claim to have the first evidence of someone being reinfected with the virus that causes COVID-19. They said Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 that genetic tests show a 33-year-old man returning to Hong Kong from a trip to Spain in mid-August had a different strain of the coronavirus than the one he’d previously been infected with in March. (NIAID/National Institutes of Health via AP)
(NIAID/National Institutes of Health via AP)

State officials urge Oklahomans to stay away from ill patients and to frequently wash their hands. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

At this point, Americans are urged to practice ‘social distancing’ by staying in their homes as much as possible and not going out into a crowd.

The virus is mainly spread from person-to-person, and symptoms usually appear two to 14 days after exposure. Officials stress that the most common symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

If you do become sick, you are asked to stay away from others. If you have been in an area where the coronavirus is known to be spreading or been around a COVID-19 patient and develop symptoms, you are asked to call your doctor ahead of time and warn them that you might have been exposed to the virus. That way, experts say, they have the ability to take extra precautions to protect staff and other patients.

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