Mar. 11—The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported nearly 700 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, including 22 in Norman.
Norman's cumulative case total is now at 13,409. The state has reported 12,861 recoveries in Norman.
Norman's death toll, updated Tuesday to show five additional deaths since last Tuesday, now stands at 144. The state will update local death numbers each Tuesday, according to the health department.
Norman's seven-day new case average is at just over 15 cases. The newest numbers from Norman Regional Health Systems show a continued decline in local COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Oklahomans can use the state's online vaccination portal to pre-register for the vaccine and schedule a vaccination when they are eligible. The portal is available at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov.
Oklahoma reported 694 new cases statewide Thursday, placing the state's cumulative case total at 430,944.
The newest case number brings the state's seven-day case average to 614, down from 643 Wednesday.
The updated provisional death count from the CDC shows 7,433 COVID deaths in Oklahoma, up from 7,344 cumulative deaths reported Wednesday.
The State Department of Health reported 167 new confirmed COVID deaths on Tuesday, bringing the health department's recorded death toll to 4,701. The state's numbers differ from the CDC's because the CDC data is based on death certificates, while the state data is updated after deaths are investigated.
Wednesday evening's hospitalization numbers showed just 268 current COVID hospitalizations in the state. The state's hospitalization number has not been this low since last June.
Cleveland County recorded 58 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the county's cumulative case total to 29,117.
The health department has reported 27,872 recoveries and 282 deaths in the county.
Moore reported 12 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the city's cumulative case total to 6,222. Moore has recorded 43 COVID-related deaths.
Last Friday's update to the health department's risk assessment map places the county at a yellow level on the map, showing an average of 12.1 new cases per day in the county during the week of Feb. 26-March 4. That average is down from 20.6 new cases per day the week before.
The Health Department is operating testing locations throughout the state at places and times listed on the OSDH website.
Norman lab IMMY hosts free drive-thru testing events from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 2701 Corporate Centre Drive. Registration is required ahead of time on IMMY's website at portal.immylabs.com.
OU Health Services offers curbside tests by appointment to OU students, faculty or staff. The health department offers curbside tests by appointment in Moore and Norman. The City of Norman's COVID data dashboard is available at normanok.gov/norman-coronavirus-updates
Emma Keith covers Norman Public Schools and the University of Oklahoma for The Transcript. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at @emma_ckeith.