Number of Oklahomans vaccinated exceeds number of infections
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The number of people vaccinated against the coronavirus in Oklahoma has surpassed the state’s cumulative number of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, health officials reported Thursday.
More than 500,000 Oklahomans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to just under 400,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
“We’re proud to report this milestone of continued progress our state has made toward administering the COVID-19 vaccine, which has resulted in Oklahoma being among those leading the nation in COVID-19 vaccine distribution,” State Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye said in a statement.
According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oklahoma ranks sixth in the nation in percentage of its population that has received at least one dose of the vaccine, at 9.4%. That compares to a national average of 8.2%.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma reported 2,782 new confirmed cases and 27 new deaths on Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 397,065 and the state’s death toll to 3,681.
Oklahoma ranked fourth among states with the most new cases per capita in the last two weeks, with more than 860 new cases per 100,000 population, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
While Oklahoma’s seven-day rolling average of positivity rate and daily new cases has continued to decline over the last two weeks, the state’s average daily deaths continues to rise. The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths increased over the past two weeks from 33.86 deaths per day on Jan. 20 to 38 deaths per day on Feb. 3, according to Johns Hopkins.
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