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Oklahoma adds more than 4,800 coronavirus cases, including backlog; 24 more deaths reported – KOCO Oklahoma City

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Dec 4, 2020

AMBITIOUS PLAN. DILLON: >> NO DOUBT THIS VACCINE WILL CHANGE THE WAY WE ARE DOING THINGS NOW, AND IT’S GOING TO MAKE THINGS A LOT BETTER. DILLON: COMMISSIONER FRYE SAYING 33,000 DOSES OF THE PFIZER VACCINE COULD GET HERE NEXT WEEK. AND 10,000 DOSES OF THE MODERNA VACCINE COULD ARRIVE BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH. THE STATE EXPECTS WEEKLY OR BI-WEEKLY VACCINE DELIVERIES AFTER THAT. REMEMBER, BOTH REQUIRE YOU TO GET TWO DOSES WEEKS APART. SO 40,000 DOSES WOULD VACCINATE 20,000 PEOPLE. ONE CHALLENGE WHILE THE MODERNA VACCINE CAN BE STORED IN A TYPICAL FREEZER, THE PFIZER VACCINE HAS TO BE STORED AT ULTRA-COLD TEMPERATURES. FOR THAT REASON, THE STATE’S PREPARING SECURE COLD STORAGE SITES AT UNDISCLOSED LOCATIONS. AND ANOTHER MAJOR PIECE OF THE PUZZLE, VACCINE AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS TO LET PEOPLE KNOW IT’S SAFE AND EFFECTIVE. FRYE ASKED TODAY WHAT HE WOULD TELL PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT IT GETTING IT. >> I WOULD ABSOLUTELY GET THIS VACCINE. I HAVE NO HESITATION PERSONALLY ABOUT TAKING IT, AND I WOULD HIGHLY ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO THAT. AND OF COURSE, SO MANY OF US ARE WONDERING TONIGHT, HOW SOON CAN I GET THE VACCINE? DILLON: IT’S NOT EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC UNTIL POSSIBLY THE SPRING, ALTHOUGH YOU COULD GET IT EARLIER DEPENDING ON YOUR JOB, AGE, AND HEALTH. BUT THE STATE IS PREPARING A LARGE DISTRIBUTION NETWORK TO GET DOSES OUT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

Oklahoma adds more than 4,800 coronavirus cases, including backlog; 24 more deaths reported

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Friday added 4,827 new COVID-19 cases across the state, which officials said include some backlogged cases, bringing the total cumulative number of the state’s positive cases to 208,875.According to the health department’s latest Situation Update, the sharp increase in new cases reported Friday is largely attributable to an issue with the department’s PHIDDO internal reporting system, which resulted in a number of cases being backlogged until Friday. After further review, officials said the case level should have been reported as roughly 3,000 cases per day on Dec. 2, Dec. 3 and Dec.4.Of the 4,827 cases reported Friday, according to officials: 98% had a specimen collection date of Nov. 19 or more recent86% were collected this week11% were collected last week2.6% were collected prior to Nov. 22>> CORONAVIRUS MAP OF OKLAHOMA: Check cases by countyTwenty-four additional deaths were reported Friday; here’s what we know about the latest deaths:One in Bryan County, one male in the 65 or older age group.One in Caddo County, one female in the 65 or older age group.One in Garvin County, one female in the 65 or older age group.One in Jackson County, one male in the 36-49 age group. One in Kiowa County, one male in the 65 or older age group.One in LeFlore County, one male in the 65 or older age group.One in Logan County, one female in the 65 or older age group.Two in Mayes County, two females in the 65 or older age group.One in McCurtain County, one male in the 50-64 age group.One in Okfuskee County, one male in the 36-49 age group.Five in Oklahoma County, two females in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 50-64 age group, two males in the 65 or older age group.One in Osage County, one male in the 65 or older age group.One in Pontotoc County, one female in the 50-64 age group.Two in Rogers County, two females in the 65 and older age group.Two in Tulsa County, two males in the 65 or older age group.One in Washington County, one male in the 65 or older age group.One in Woodward County, one male in the 50-64 age group. According to the health department, there have been 1,860 coronavirus deaths statewide.Oklahoma’s Commissioner of Health Lance Frye released the following statement:”I want to be clear about the urgency of the situation. These totals are far too high. This is a pandemic and we must not grow weary of protecting ourselves, our family and our communities. “While we anticipated a rise in cases due to the Thanksgiving holiday, this is of no comfort to the families that are impacted by this highly contagious virus. My heart goes out to the growing number of Oklahomans impacted by COVID-19, as well as to our healthcare professionals who are putting themselves at risk and working around the clock.”As we approach the rest of the holiday season, I urge you to think of your families and your neighbors. Please follow the three W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance by staying six feet apart from others.”And while it’s natural to want to gather with loved ones during the holidays, I ask that you consider alternate options this year for the safety of your families and communities. Consider reducing the size of your gatherings, asking guests to follow the three W’s, or having a virtual gathering this year with loved ones who live out of town or in separate households.”Get the details from Oklahoma State Department of Health. Officials also reported that 177,564 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus. By Oklahoma health officials’ definition, a recovered patient is currently not hospitalized or deceased and it has been 14 days after onset/report.There are currently 29,451 active COVID-19 cases statewide, officials said. Health officials reported that there were 1,982,769 total negative specimens. Officials said there have been 12,949 total hospitalizations, and that 1,687 people are currently hospitalized.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Friday added 4,827 new COVID-19 cases across the state, which officials said include some backlogged cases, bringing the total cumulative number of the state’s positive cases to 208,875.

According to the health department’s latest Situation Update, the sharp increase in new cases reported Friday is largely attributable to an issue with the department’s PHIDDO internal reporting system, which resulted in a number of cases being backlogged until Friday.

After further review, officials said the case level should have been reported as roughly 3,000 cases per day on Dec. 2, Dec. 3 and Dec.4.

Of the 4,827 cases reported Friday, according to officials:

  • 98% had a specimen collection date of Nov. 19 or more recent
  • 86% were collected this week
  • 11% were collected last week
  • 2.6% were collected prior to Nov. 22

>> CORONAVIRUS MAP OF OKLAHOMA: Check cases by county

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Twenty-four additional deaths were reported Friday; here’s what we know about the latest deaths:

  • One in Bryan County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Caddo County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Garvin County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Jackson County, one male in the 36-49 age group.
  • One in Kiowa County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in LeFlore County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Logan County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Mayes County, two females in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in McCurtain County, one male in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Okfuskee County, one male in the 36-49 age group.
  • Five in Oklahoma County, two females in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 50-64 age group, two males in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Osage County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Pontotoc County, one female in the 50-64 age group.
  • Two in Rogers County, two females in the 65 and older age group.
  • Two in Tulsa County, two males in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Washington County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Woodward County, one male in the 50-64 age group.

According to the health department, there have been 1,860 coronavirus deaths statewide.

Oklahoma’s Commissioner of Health Lance Frye released the following statement:

“I want to be clear about the urgency of the situation. These totals are far too high. This is a pandemic and we must not grow weary of protecting ourselves, our family and our communities.

“While we anticipated a rise in cases due to the Thanksgiving holiday, this is of no comfort to the families that are impacted by this highly contagious virus. My heart goes out to the growing number of Oklahomans impacted by COVID-19, as well as to our healthcare professionals who are putting themselves at risk and working around the clock.

“As we approach the rest of the holiday season, I urge you to think of your families and your neighbors. Please follow the three W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance by staying six feet apart from others.

“And while it’s natural to want to gather with loved ones during the holidays, I ask that you consider alternate options this year for the safety of your families and communities. Consider reducing the size of your gatherings, asking guests to follow the three W’s, or having a virtual gathering this year with loved ones who live out of town or in separate households.”

Get the details from Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Officials also reported that 177,564 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus. By Oklahoma health officials’ definition, a recovered patient is currently not hospitalized or deceased and it has been 14 days after onset/report.

There are currently 29,451 active COVID-19 cases statewide, officials said.

Health officials reported that there were 1,982,769 total negative specimens. Officials said there have been 12,949 total hospitalizations, and that 1,687 people are currently hospitalized.

 

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