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234 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated May 7 at 11:28 a.m.

234 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Wednesday, for a total of 449,266 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 192 infections per day in the past week. That's the first time the daily average has dropped under 200 in nearly 11 months.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,327. That's an increase of six from the day before.

148 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated May 6 at 11:21 a.m.

148 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Wednesday, for a total of 449,266 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 212 infections per day in the past week.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,321. That's an increase of 20 from the day before.

StateImpact Gets A Haircut: Oklahoma City Barber Talks About COVID Effects While Trimming Ungroomed Reporter's Hair

Updated May 6 at 10:57 a.m.

StateImpact's Robby Korth didn't get a haircut for more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. But two weeks after becoming fully vaccinated, he takes us inside Carwin's Shave Shop in Oklahoma City to chop it all off.

225 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated May 5 at 11:10 a.m.

225 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Wednesday, for a total of 449,266 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 232 infections per day in the past week.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,301, with no new deaths reported.

Oklahoma Health Officials Plan To Go Small To Increase COVID Vaccine Accessibility

Updated May 4 at 4:31 p.m.

Oklahoma health officials have a new priority in their vaccine program: the 15 percent who want it but haven't had it.

Deputy Commissioner of Health Keith Reed said that surveys show two-thirds of Oklahoma adults are willing to get their shot. About 50.5 percent actually have. Reaching the rest will take another plan update.

When the vaccine program first kicked off in December, targeted clinics catered to priority groups. Once everyone became eligible in the spring, the focus moved to mass vaccination sites. Then smaller, localized clinics.

Reed said now, that strategy will be even more targeted.

"We have mobile vans, mobile health units, and we are absolutely putting on some road shows," Reed said. "Going into neighborhoods is just the next step."

Health officials say because demand has stalled, they've started turning away vaccine allocation to keep from wasting doses. But they’re hopeful Oklahoma can reach three million vaccinated by Memorial Day.

169 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated May 4 at 2:08 p.m.

169 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Tuesday, for a total of 449,014 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 235 infections per day in the past week.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,301. That's an increase of three from the day before.
Nearly 40 percent of Oklahoma adults are fully vaccinated.

Oklahoma's COVID-19 State of Emergency Called Off

Updated May 4 at 5:00 a.m.

Oklahoma’s COVID-19 State of Emergency has come to an end.

Effective May 4, Governor Kevin Stitt has rescinded the emergency declaration he put in place more than a year ago at the start of the pandemic.

Stitt’s office says new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have dramatically decreased as vaccines have rolled out across the country this year.

"Because Oklahomans used personal responsibility to protect themselves, their families and our most vulnerable, the data shows COVID-19 is no longer an emergency," said Stitt.

Public boards and commissions now have 30 days to resume meetings in-person.

85 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated May 3 at 11:34 a.m.

85 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Monday, for a total of 448,872 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 228 infections per day in the past week.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,298. That's an increase of 35 from the last report on Friday.

374 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated April 30 at 11:54 a.m.

374 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Friday, for a total of 448,305 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 251 infections per day in the past week.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,263. That's an increase of 15 from the previous day's report.

Mask Mandates Allowed To Expire In Oklahoma's Two Largest Cities

Updated April 30 at 11:33 a.m.

As of Friday, Oklahoma’s two largest cities have no mask mandate. City officials say they’re shifting their focus away from "stop the spread" and to vaccines.

"The role of municipal government in halting the spread of the virus has now ended, as it was always meant to," said Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt in a Friday press conference.

One year, one month and 15 days after he first addressed the city about the oncoming public health emergency, he announced the end of the city’s mask mandate after the city council allowed the municipal ordinance to expire. Tulsa’s mask mandate also ended on Friday.

Although the city mask mandates have expires, property owners can still require them, similar to longstanding "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service" requirements.

"We're just reminding everyone that they still need to wear a mask in places where they’re required, or choose to go somewhere else," said Oklahoma City Manager Craig Freeman in a written statement. "There will be places to shop and gather that require masks, and places that don't. We're hopefully on the exit ramp for this pandemic. It's more important than ever to show each other respect and grace as we navigate the spring and summer."

People who are lawfully asked to leave private or public spaces, but refuse, are subject to citation and arrest for trespassing.

Holt noted that in its worst times, Oklahoma County was seeing 1,000 new cases daily and about 700 people would be hospitalized across the county. Those figures have fallen by 90 percent. Statewide, the new case average is less than 300 a day.

He said this is a new chapter, when vaccinations take priority.

"As you watch me speak these words right now, you are just a click, a phone call and a short drive away from your vaccination — something people around our planet are desperate for," Holt said.

Despite abundant vaccine supply, only about a quarter of Oklahoma adults have completed their vaccine series.

Everyone aged 16 years and older are eligible to get vaccinated.

Appointments are available through many doctors, as well as at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Sam's Club and other pharmacies. Those needing an appointment can also call 2-1-1, use the state’s appointment portal at vaccinate.ok.gov, OKC-County Health Department's appointment sign-up at vaxokc.com or the federal vaccine locator at vaccines.gov.

289 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated April 29 at 11:25 a.m.

289 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Thursday, for a total of 447,931 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 241 infections per day in the past week.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,248. That's an increase of five from the previous day's report.

249 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated April 28 at 11:27 a.m.

249 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Wednesday, for a total of 447,642 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 240 infections per day in the past week.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,243. That's an increase of 13 from the previous day's report.

115 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated April 27 at 2:01 p.m.

115 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Tuesday, for a total of 447,393 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 238 infections per day in the past week.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,230. That's an increase of one from the previous day's report.

Oklahoma Resumes Administering Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Following Brief Pause

Updated April 26 at 11:48 a.m.

Federal regulators have again signed off on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, after a small number of clotting cases led to a pause. Oklahoma is back on board too.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that six cases of severe but rare clotting side effects — specifically in young and middle-aged women — had been tied to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. They recommended everyone hold off on administering it until further investigation.

That investigation found that the side effect is, in fact, rare — 15 cases among 8 million vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson. Regulators deemed the vaccine safe.

They also paused administration for another reason: to prepare physicians. This clotting side effect acted differently from others, and the medication that doctors would typically prescribe — heparin — actually made the condition worse. So the FDA wanted a pause until providers knew how to identify and treat the condition.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced it lifted the pause on Monday morning.

262 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated April 26 at 11:12 a.m.

262 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Monday, for a total of 447,278 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 233 infections per day in the past week.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,229. That's an increase of 23 from the previous daily report on Friday.

More than 1.5 million Oklahoma adults have had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

304 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated April 23 at 11:19 a.m.

304 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Friday, for a total of 446,550 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 241 infections per day in the past week.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,206. That's an increase of nine from the previous daily report.

Nearly 49 percent of Oklahoma adults have had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

283 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated April 22 at 11:14 a.m.

283 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Thursday, for a total of 446,246 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 237 infections per day in the past week.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,197. That's an increase of eight from the previous daily report.

How Oklahoma's Only School For Children Experiencing Homelessness Fought Through The Coronavirus Pandemic

Updated April 22 at 9:32 a.m.

Attending school remotely has been an inconvenience for students and parents, and a major burden for many. For children experiencing homelessness, it’s all but impossible. 25,000 Oklahoma children didn’t have a permanent home before the pandemic. StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports how the state's only school tailored specifically for homeless students is handling the crisis.

238 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated April 21 at 1:42 p.m.

238 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Wednesday, for a total of 445,963 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 239 infections per day in the past week.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,189. That's an increase of 45 from the previous daily report.

75 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated April 20 at 11:43 a.m.

75 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Tuesday, for a total of 445,725 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 263 infections per day in the past week.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,144.

186 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated April 19 at 4:20 p.m.

186 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Monday, for a total of 445,650 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 268 infections per day in the past week.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,145. That's an increase of 21 from the day before.

273 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated April 16 at 12:52 p.m.

273 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Friday, for a total of 444,863 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 294 infections per day in the past week.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,124. That's an increase of 10 from the day before.

273 New Coronavirus Infections In Oklahoma

Updated April 16 at 11:10 a.m.

273 new infections of the coronavirus were confirmed in Oklahoma on Thursday, for a total of 444,590 since March 2020.

Oklahoma is reporting an average of 294 infections per day in the past week.

Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count, which reflects COVID-19 deaths based on death certificates, now stands at 8,124. That's an increase of 10 from the day before.

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