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OSDH: Over 8,000 new COVID-19 cases reported across Oklahoma in two days

Posted at 2:01 PM, Dec 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-31 12:16:45-05

OKLAHOMA — 8,140 new COVID-19 cases have been reported across the state of Oklahoma in just two days, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

As seen nationwide, Oklahoma's COVID-19 case numbers are once again on the rise. 4,166 was reported on Thursday, Dec. 30, in the biggest daily increase seen in months. 3,974 is the official daily reported active cases for the final day of 2021.

OSDH says many factors contributed to the large jump in cases, including indoor gatherings, holiday traveling, increased testing, as well as the quickly-spreading omicron variant.

With New Year's celebrations hours away, OSDH is encouraging Oklahomans to consider safety precautions and measures to help prevent the spread before gathering in groups.

Other recommended safety measures include wearing a mask, washing hands often, and socially distancing.

On top of battling COVID-19, the flu season is currently ongoing. The Tulsa Health Department recorded its first flu-related death on Thursday for the 2021-22 flu season.

The Tulsa Health Department is encouraging people to get both the flu and COVID-19 vaccines, including a booster dose if they are eligible to receive them.

The Tulsa metro area currently still has the highest number of people hospitalized with COVID-19. Statewide, there are 786 hospitalizations and 262 of those are in Tulsa.

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