Oklahoma sees over 500,000 fully immunized against COVID-19

by Jordan Green

State health officials said Monday that more than 500,000 Oklahomans have been fully immunized against COVID-19. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported that 918,965 people have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 504,369 people have received their second doses, meaning they’re fully immunized against the virus.

Data from the Oklahoma State Health Department on Tuesday showed that Kay County had 5,209 cases of the virus, 135 of which are active. Officials said 4,989 Kay County residents have recovered from the virus, and 85 have died from it.

State officials report that there are 3,815 cases of the virus in Ponca City. Forty-eight people there have died, and 3,671 have recovered. Blackwell has 665 cases, with 621 recoveries and 19 deaths. Newkirk has 431 cases, with 415 recoveries and three deaths. Tonkawa has 362 cases, with 341 recoveries and 15 deaths. Kaw City has 63 cases, with 60 recoveries and three deaths. That leaves the town with no active cases. Braman has 23 cases, with 21 recoveries and one death. The state health department does not provide data on coronavirus cases in some of the state’s smallest towns, including Nardin in Kay County.

In recent weeks, the state health department has changed the way it counts coronavirus cases and deaths. The department now includes provisional data from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control on its website. Those numbers are higher than the state’s investigated total number of cases. The department’s investigated numbers show that the state has 435,449 cases of the virus. Of those cases, 10,906 are active.

Statewide, 419,693 people have recovered from the virus, and 4,850 people have died from it. The CDC’s provisional numbers show that the state has 437,853 cases of the virus and 7,835 deaths. For more information on vaccinations, visit https://oklahoma.gov/covid19/vaccine-information/ vaccine-faqs.html