Oklahoma's White House Coronavirus Report Shows Increasing Case Trends Statewide

Thursday, December 10th 2020, 5:01 am
By: News On 6

The White House has released its latest coronavirus report for Oklahoma that shows increasing case trends across the state and offers recommendations to try and control the spread.

The 14-page report released this week shows Oklahoma in a dangerous surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 97% of counties now in the red zone.

Oklahoma currently has the 16th highest rate of new COVID-19 cases in the country, with Oklahoma, Tulsa and Cleveland counties making up about 42% of the state's new cases.

The sooner state is currently averaging roughly 540 cases per 100,000 people daily, a number that is about 150 people more than the national average.

To bring down case numbers in the state the report includes recommendations such as asking tribal nations to conduct weekly rapid testing on their communities, asking schools continue to following CDC guidelines and postponing extracurricular activities, asking universities to have weekly testing done on students, and recommending that the state look into following the same practices as some European countries that had similar surge numbers but are now seeing improvement.

According to the White House, Oklahoma is currently part of the strong surge that was predicted and the best way to begin the process to get Oklahoma out of the red zone is to be more cautious and proactive.