State reports 625 new COVID-19 cases, 30 in Norman

Jesse Crittenden, The Norman Transcript, Okla.
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Mar. 13—The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported a slight spike in COVID-19 cases locally and statewide Saturday, although cases have continued to decrease in recent weeks.

The state reported 30 new cases in Norman, bringing the city's cumulative case total to 13,444. The state reported five new cases in Norman on Friday.

The state has reported 12,887 recoveries in Norman.

Norman's death toll stands at 144. The state will update local death numbers each Tuesday, according to the health department.

With Saturday's case total, Norman's seven-day new case average rose slightly from 13 to 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.

State numbers

Oklahoma reported 625 new cases statewide Saturday, placing the state's cumulative case total at 431,991. The state has reported 415,500 recoveries.

The newest case number brings the state's seven-day case average up from 544 to 555.

Friday's updated provisional death count from the CDC shows 7,486 COVID deaths in Oklahoma. The latest update was not available as of Saturday afternoon.

The State Department of Health has recorded 4,701 deaths. 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.

Friday evening's hospitalization numbers showed 253 current COVID hospitalizations in the state.

County numbers

Cleveland County reported 52 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the county's cumulative case total to 29,192.

The health department has reported 27,937 recoveries and 282 deaths in the county.

Moore reported 10 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the city's cumulative case total to 6,239. Moore has recorded 43 COVID-related deaths.

This Friday's update to the health department's risk assessment map again places the county at a yellow level on the map, showing an average of 14.9 new cases per day in the county during the week of March 5-11. That average is up slightly from 12.1 new cases per day the week before.

NPS' case and quarantine reports are available at normanpublicschools.org/Page/3235. OU's case reports are available at ou.edu/together/dashboard.

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

Jesse Crittenden

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