7-day average of new Oklahoma COVID-19 cases tops 500

July 15, 2021 GMT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The seven-day average of newly reported Oklahoma coronavirus cases topped 500 on Thursday as the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations neared 300, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

The department reported 705 new cases and a seven-day average of 532 cases, one day after the number of newly reported cases topped 1,000 for the first time since April, increasing from a July 1 seven-day average of 329.

The health department also reported 288 virus-related hospitalizations, including 101 people in intensive care, 16 more hospitalizations and seven more ICU patients than Wednesday.

State health officials have pleaded with residents to get vaccinated to stem a possible new virus surge.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 45.9% of Oklahoma residents had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 39.3% are fully inoculated.

Nationally, the CDC reports 55.8% of residents receiving at least one dose and 48.3% fully vaccinated.