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Counting COVID

Cases, deaths, vaccinations tell the tale


According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s weekly epidemiology report, 57.4 percent of McClain County residents over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

That ranks the county 20th among 77 counties and is slightly better than the state’s overall percentage of 56.3.

However, the state number drops to 47.4 percent when counting those who are fully vaccinated.

Counties surpassing McClain County’s 57.4 percent are Oklahoma, 77.5; Caddo, 74.8; Noble, 73.5; Tulsa, 72.9; Comanche, 71.5; Canadian, 68.3; Craig, 63.4; Muskogee, 63.2; McIntosh, 63.1; Jackson and Pontotoc, 62.9 each; Kiowa, 62.4; Seminole, 62.2; Cleveland, 61.1; Garfield, 59.4; Custer, 58.7; Pawnee, 58.4; Major, 58.2, and Harmon, 57.5.

According to the report released on September 27, 2,229,487 Oklahomans had received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Total doses administered in the state was 4,120,769.

Perhaps more telling about the vaccine’s efficacy is the comparison of breakthrough cases versus unvaccinated cases in 2021.

Breakthrough infections are diagnosed by positive laboratory results (PCR/antigen) in fully vaccinated individuals.

From February through September 26, 10,447 cases were confirmed as breakthrough, while unvaccinated individuals accounted for 189,164 cases for a total case load of 199,611.

Just 5.2 percent of those cases were breakthrough, while 94.8 percent were unvaccinated.

The CDC showed Oklahoma had 8,437 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 between September 21 and 27.

That ranked Oklahoma 29th among the 50 states and District of Columbia.

For comparison, Texas’ number for the same period were 78,497 – the highest by far in the nation.

The Lone Star state was also the leader in number of COVID deaths – 2,158 – during that period.

Oklahoma’s death toll of 140 put the state in 20th position.


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