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Oklahoma's active COVID-19 cases down 30 percent

Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 - Active COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma have fallen 30 percent since the beginning of September, with much of that decline coming in the last nine days, according to data released Sept. 22 by the state Department of Health.

As of Sept. 22, OSDH records showed there were 15,616 active COVID-19 cases in the Sooner State. That's down 30 percent from the 22,432 active cases reported in Oklahoma on Sept. 1.

Steve Rutherford, Sequoyah County's emergency management director, said Friday there are a total of 253 active COVID-19 cases in the county, and there have been 71 deaths since the pandemic began. He said Sallisaw currently has the highest number of active cases with 123, followed by Muldrow with 39, Vian 36, Roland 26, Gore 20, Gans 7 and Marble City 2.

According to a report published Sept. 22 by Ray Carter, director of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs' Center for Independent Journalism, as of Sept. 13, there were 20,388 active cases in Oklahoma. The number of active cases has experienced a net increase on only one day of reporting since then, with active cases otherwise declining every day.

Between Aug. 23 and Sept. 22 the number of active cases in Oklahoma has never exceeded 23,582, which represents sixth-tenths of 1 percent of the state population. The number of active COVID-19 cases reported Sept. 22 makes up four-tenths of 1 percent of the state population.

State data also indicates that a substantial share of Oklahomans now have some form of immunity to the virus via either vaccination or prior infection.

Based on the most recent state Weekly Epidemiology and Surveillance Report, which covers the week of Sept. 12-18, nearly 69 percent of Oklahomans age 18 and older have received at least one dose of vaccination (and 90 percent of those age 65 and older). The report showed that almost 58 percent of Oklahomans who are 18 or older are considered fully vaccinated.

In addition, Carter wrote, 569,264 Oklahomans have had the coronavirus and recovered, which gives them a level of immunity to future infection that is considered to usually be as good as or even better than what is reached through vaccination. While some state residents have recovered from COVID-19 and have also been vaccinated, many of those who are still unvaccinated still have immunity because of their prior infection and recovery.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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