Carter County's COVID cases up 18.1%; Oklahoma cases surge 16%

Mike Stucka

Editor's note: Due to a calculation error, local communities' death records from the latest week were repeated as the previous week in these reports between July 26 and Aug. 30. They have been removed.

New coronavirus cases leaped in Oklahoma in the week ending Sunday, rising 16% as 18,036 cases were reported. The previous week had 15,542 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Oklahoma ranked 13th 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 coronavirus cases in the United States increased 5.4% from the week before, with 1,086,936 cases reported. With 1.19% of the country's population, Oklahoma had 1.66% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 39 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Carter County reported 189 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 160 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 7,441 cases and 134 deaths.

Within Oklahoma, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Adair County with 901 cases per 100,000 per week; Cherokee County with 762; and Choctaw County with 750. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Adding the most new cases overall were Oklahoma County, with 2,873 cases; Tulsa County, with 2,412 cases; and Cleveland County, with 992. Weekly case counts rose in 31 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Oklahoma, Le Flore and Garvin counties.

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Oklahoma ranked 35th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 53.1% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 61.6%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Sunday, Oklahoma reported administering another 110,703 vaccine doses, including 52,327 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 84,387 vaccine doses, including 44,492 first doses. In all, Oklahoma reported it has administered 3,810,974 total doses.

Across Oklahoma, cases fell in 45 counties, with the best declines in Tulsa County, with 2,412 cases from 2,749 a week earlier; in Comanche County, with 443 cases from 539; and in Wagoner County, with 303 cases from 393.

In Oklahoma, 136 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 82 people were were reported dead.

A total of 542,412 people in Oklahoma have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 7,812 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 38,796,746 people have tested positive and 637,531 people have died.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Aug. 29.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 2,971
  • The week before that: 2,858
  • Four weeks ago: 1,826

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 130,817
  • The week before that: 126,409
  • Four weeks ago: 83,804

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

A nurse cares for a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Aug. 24.