New COVID-19 cases plummet in Oklahoma

Mike Stucka
USA TODAY NETWORK

Oklahoma reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 2,178 new cases. That's down 12.2% from the previous week's toll of 2,480 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Oklahoma ranked 43rd among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 442,981 reported cases of coronavirus, an increase of 0.1% from the week before. Across the country, 25 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Many states did not report cases on Easter. That will make some state-to-state comparisons inaccurate, and also some in-state week-to-week comparisons inaccurate.

Across Oklahoma, cases fell in 41 counties, with the best declines in Cleveland, Tulsa and Comanche counties.

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Oklahoma ranked 22nd among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 32.1% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 30.7%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.

In the week ending Friday, Oklahoma reported administering another 230,806 vaccine doses, compared to 205,303 the week before that. In all, Oklahoma reported it has administered 2,021,155 doses.

Within Oklahoma, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Cimarron, Comanche and Harmon counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Oklahoma County, with 486 cases; Tulsa County, with 306 cases; and Comanche County, with 238. Weekly case counts rose in 33 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Oklahoma, Osage and Pottawatomie counties.

In Oklahoma, 103 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 62 people were reported dead.

A total of 439,149 people in Oklahoma have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 4,953 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 30,706,126 people have tested positive and 555,001 people have died.

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The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.

Cars full of people wanting a COVID-19 vaccine line up in the parking lot of Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, on March 27, 2021.