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OSDH: Oklahoma COVID-19 provisional death count stands at 7,035, according to CDC – KOCO Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Wednesday announced that they are changing the way they report COVID-19 deaths in an effort to show a “more timely” picture of the disease’s impact in Oklahoma.Moving forward, OSDH officials said they will include the provisional death count provided by CDC/NCHS in the daily updates. Wednesday’s provisional death count is 7,035, OSDH officials said, according to data provided by the CDC.The provisional death count is based on death certificates. As cases increased toward the end of 2020, OSDH officials said their investigating epidemiologists began encountering larger numbers of incomplete records requiring in-depth investigation. This process has caused an increasing difference between the OSDH death count.Thorough investigations of each COVID-19 death will continue while also reporting the provisional death count, and in the long run, OSDH officials said their numbers will more closely align with the CDC’s. As of Tuesday, OSDH was reporting 4,534 deaths under their old method of reporting. According to the CDC, provisional death counts deliver the most complete and accurate picture of lives lost to COVID-19. They are based on death certificates, which are the most reliable source of data and contain information not available anywhere else, including comorbid conditions, race and ethnicity and place of death. Learn more about provisional death count here. Officials reported 747 new COVID-19 cases across the state on Wednesday, bringing the total cumulative number of the state’s positive cases to 425,746.According to the health department, 677 is Wednesday’s seven-day rolling average for the number of new cases reported.Get the details from Oklahoma State Department of Health.Officials also reported that 408,963 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus. By Oklahoma health officials’ definition, a recovered patient is currently not hospitalized or deceased and it has been 14 days after onset/report.There are currently 12,248 active COVID-19 cases statewide, officials said. Health officials reported that there were 3,116,303 total negative specimens. Officials said there have been 24,064 total hospitalizations, and that 457 people are currently hospitalized.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Wednesday announced that they are changing the way they report COVID-19 deaths in an effort to show a “more timely” picture of the disease’s impact in Oklahoma.

Moving forward, OSDH officials said they will include the provisional death count provided by CDC/NCHS in the daily updates. Wednesday’s provisional death count is 7,035, OSDH officials said, according to data provided by the CDC.

The provisional death count is based on death certificates. As cases increased toward the end of 2020, OSDH officials said their investigating epidemiologists began encountering larger numbers of incomplete records requiring in-depth investigation. This process has caused an increasing difference between the OSDH death count.

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Thorough investigations of each COVID-19 death will continue while also reporting the provisional death count, and in the long run, OSDH officials said their numbers will more closely align with the CDC’s.

As of Tuesday, OSDH was reporting 4,534 deaths under their old method of reporting.

According to the CDC, provisional death counts deliver the most complete and accurate picture of lives lost to COVID-19. They are based on death certificates, which are the most reliable source of data and contain information not available anywhere else, including comorbid conditions, race and ethnicity and place of death. Learn more about provisional death count here.

Officials reported 747 new COVID-19 cases across the state on Wednesday, bringing the total cumulative number of the state’s positive cases to 425,746.

According to the health department, 677 is Wednesday’s seven-day rolling average for the number of new cases reported.

Get the details from Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Officials also reported that 408,963 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus. By Oklahoma health officials’ definition, a recovered patient is currently not hospitalized or deceased and it has been 14 days after onset/report.

There are currently 12,248 active COVID-19 cases statewide, officials said.

Health officials reported that there were 3,116,303 total negative specimens. Officials said there have been 24,064 total hospitalizations, and that 457 people are currently hospitalized.

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