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COVID-19 death toll in Oklahoma nears 3,000

January 17, 2021 GMT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people in Oklahoma who have died from the coronavirus is nearing 3,000, state health officials say.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Sunday reported 35 additional deaths, bringing the state’s total since the pandemic began to 2,987.

The health department also reported 3,314 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total so far to 354,979. About 40,000 cases were reported as active on Sunday.

Researchers with Johns Hopkins University say that over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases in Oklahoma has increased by 1,034.7, an increase of 37.1%.

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Johns Hopkins says that Oklahoma ranks fourth in the country for new cases per capita, and that one in every 147 people in Oklahoma tested positive in the past week.