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Oklahoma mistakenly reports 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, cites duplicate tests

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Posted at 12:29 PM, Dec 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-10 15:47:02-05

TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported a mistake in its COVID-19 statistics on Friday, incorrectly listing more than 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 for Thursday's count.

It would've marked the largest one-day case increase in cases since September.

"Duplicate test results were reported today in our electronic lab reporting system," said OSDH Interim Health Commissioner Keith Reed.

"They have been identified and removed."

Instead, the state says the new cases added Thursday add up to 1,711, bringing the 7-day rolling average of new cases up to 1,376.

See the state's Dec. 10 COVID-19 report here.

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A one-day increase of more than 3,000 cases hadn't been reported in Oklahoma since Sept. 3 in the midst of the delta variant's initial surge.

Despite the recent uptick in cases, most of the cases have been due to the virus's delta variant. The state hasn't found the emerging omicron variant in any of its testing samples as of Thursday.

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