Pottawatomie County's COVID cases up 131%; Oklahoma cases surge 44%

Mike Stucka

Editor's note: Due to a calculation error, local communities' death records from the latest week were repeated as the previous week in these reports between July 26 and Aug. 30. They have been removed.

New coronavirus cases leaped in Oklahoma in the week ending Sunday, rising 44% as 9,459 cases were reported. The previous week had 6,569 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Oklahoma ranked seventh 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 53.6% from the week before, with 559,334 cases reported. With 1.19% of the country's population, Oklahoma had 1.69% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 50 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Pottawatomie County reported 134 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 58 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 8,679 cases and 132 deaths.

Lincoln County reported 82 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 28 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 3,419 cases and 73 deaths.

Seminole County reported 22 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 10 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 2,927 cases and 78 deaths.

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Within Oklahoma, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Craig, Ottawa and Pushmataha counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Tulsa County, with 1,862 cases; Oklahoma County, with 1,085 cases; and Cleveland County, with 316. Weekly case counts rose in 69 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Creek counties.

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Oklahoma ranked 38th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 48% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 57.7%, 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.

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In the week ending Sunday, Oklahoma reported administering another 58,193 vaccine doses, including 42,959 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 40,410 vaccine doses, including 28,344 first doses. In all, Oklahoma reported it has administered 3,462,510 total doses.

Across Oklahoma, cases fell in five counties, with the best declines in Ottawa, Delaware and Coal counties.

In Oklahoma, 31 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 37 people were were reported dead.

A total of 480,635 people in Oklahoma have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 7,485 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 35,003,417 people have tested positive and 613,228 people have died.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Saturday, July 31.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 1,767
  • The week before that: 1,189
  • Four weeks ago: 717

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 81,200
  • The week before that: 63,434
  • Four weeks ago: 41,240

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.