State, Carter County COVID cases fall as deaths continue to rise

Mike Stucka
USA TODAY NETWORK

Oklahoma reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 7,563 new cases. That's down 30.1% from the previous week's tally of 10,826 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Oklahoma ranked 32nd 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 decreased 12.6% from the week before, with 656,699 cases reported. With 1.19% of the country's population, Oklahoma had 1.15% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 12 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Carter County reported 106 cases and eight deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 144 cases and four deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 8,683 cases and 156 deaths.

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Across Oklahoma, cases fell in 53 counties, with the best declines in Tulsa County, with 1,471 cases from 1,851 a week earlier; in Washington County, with 60 cases from 340; and in Comanche County, with 417 cases from 688.

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Oklahoma ranked 35th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 57.2% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 65.1%, 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 Thursday, Oklahoma reported administering another 81,557 vaccine doses, including 22,950 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 82,311 vaccine doses, including 27,889 first doses. In all, Oklahoma reported it has administered 4,233,576 total doses.

Within Oklahoma, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Choctaw County with 450 cases per 100,000 per week; Cotton County with 424; and Kiowa County with 367. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

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Adding the most new cases overall were Oklahoma County, with 1,838 cases; Tulsa County, with 1,471 cases; and Cleveland County, with 697. Weekly case counts rose in 22 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Cleveland, Custer and Craig counties.

In Oklahoma, 264 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 234 people were were reported dead.

A total of 622,780 people in Oklahoma have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 9,213 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 44,339,747 people have tested positive and 713,227 people have died.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Oct. 10.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 1,804
  • The week before that: 1,860
  • Four weeks ago: 2,737

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 86,965
  • The week before that: 90,378
  • Four weeks ago: 120,803

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.