Carter County's COVID-19 cases up 11.3%; Oklahoma cases surge 77.4%

Mike Stucka

New coronavirus cases leaped in Oklahoma in the week ending Sunday, rising 77.4% as 14,728 cases were reported. The previous week had 8,304 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Oklahoma ranked 40th 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 104% from the week before, with 2,833,203 cases reported. With 1.19% of the country's population, Oklahoma had 0.52% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 49 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Christmas and New Year's significantly disrupted who got tested, how many people got tested, what labs operated and what government agencies reported on time. Some of the Christmas weekend reports were shifted into the latest week. Most states reported no cases at all the weekend of New Year's, which will bump those reports into the following week. Consequently, week-to-week comparisons will be skewed and these numbers will be unreliable even as they're accurate to what states reported.

Carter County reported 69 cases in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 62 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 9,625 cases.

Oklahoma does not directly publish county-level death data.

Within Oklahoma, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Kay County with 413 cases per 100,000 per week; McClain County with 371; and Beckham County with 297. 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 2,339 cases; Tulsa County, with 1,563 cases; and Cleveland County, with 544. Weekly case counts rose in 36 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Oklahoma, Tulsa and Cleveland counties.

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Oklahoma ranked 31st among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 66% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 73.3%, 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 70,539 vaccine doses, including 22,485 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 101,620 vaccine doses, including 30,185 first doses. In all, Oklahoma reported it has administered 5,308,000 total doses.

Across Oklahoma, cases fell in 38 counties, with the best declines in Rogers County, with 114 cases from 173 a week earlier; in Pottawatomie County, with 139 cases from 180; and in Grady County, with 90 cases from 127.

In Oklahoma, 71 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 126 people were reported dead.

A total of 708,938 people in Oklahoma have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 12,419 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 55,114,057 people have tested positive and 826,060 people have died.

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Oklahoma's COVID-19 hospital admissions rising

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Jan. 2.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 1,903
  • The week before that: 1,550
  • Four weeks ago: 1,473

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 146,041
  • The week before that: 99,270
  • Four weeks ago: 86,518

Hospitals in 42 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 32 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 48 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.