OSDH: 13,939 New COVID-19 Cases Reported Statewide, 41 Deaths Added To Provisional Death Count

Friday, January 21st 2022, 11:21 am
By: News 9

According to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 13,939 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Thursday.

A total of 880,342 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic, and the provisional death count went up to 12,968 since the state last reported an updated death count Wednesday.

The rolling seven-day average of new cases is 11,908, the health department said Friday.

Currently, 119,210 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, OSDH said.

As of Jan. 18, 5,506,762 total vaccine doses have been administered with 2,683,835 Oklahomans receiving at least one dose. More than 2,148,000 Oklahomans have completed both inoculations or are fully vaccinated, making 54.3% of the eligible Oklahoma population is fully vaccinated.

About 1,676 Oklahomans are currently in acute care OSDH-licensed facilities with 332 in the ICU and 143 are currently in other types of facilities due to COVID-19. Out of the 1,676 hospitalizations, 71 are pediatric hospitalizations, OSDH said.

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Stitt released a statement on Nov. 7, 2020 and asked Oklahomans "to do the right thing" and to follow CDC guidelines -- practice social distancing, wear a face mask and wash your hands regularly -- to help slow the spread. 

On Sept. 8, 2020, 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 before results are made available. 

On July 15, 2020, 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 of concerning his health and quarantine

Oklahoma reported its first child death related to the virus on July 12, 2020. The child was a 13-year-old daughter of a soldier stationed at Fort Sill

Shortly after the report of the girl's death, state Superintendent Joy Hofmeister recommended for all Oklahomans to wear face masks to allow the safely reopening of schools in the fall. 

On June 30, 2020, Stitt wore a face mask and "strongly encouraged" Oklahomans to follow CDC guidelines pertaining to face masks. 

More: Gov. Stitt Recommends Wearing Face Masks During Update Concerning COVID-19 In State 

Stitt said April 28, 2020, that anyone who wished to take a COVID-19 test could do so even if they are not presenting symptoms. 

Related: Gov. Stitt Presents State's Coronavirus Figures To Show Oklahoma Is Ready To Reopen 

The state health department advises anyone with COVID-19 symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever, or coughing to stay home and limit person-to-person engagement.  

The state coronavirus hotline is 877-215-8336 or 211. For a list of coronavirus (COVID-19) links and resources, click here