TULSA – For the first time, data released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health includes information on breakthrough COVID-19 cases.
The state agency has thus far documented 737 infections in people who were fully vaccinated or who recovered previously from a COVID-19 infection.
In April, the state recorded 137 breakthrough cases that hospitalized nine and killed one. As of Wednesday, there have been 69 total hospitalizations and 11 deaths following breakthrough infections since the state began its tracking, according to state epidemiology report.
Officials are moving to monitor regional surges in infections likely connected to the emerging delta variant, which was first identified in India, though there’s a bit of a delay, for sequencing a test result to determine whether a variant exists can take up to four to five days from when a sample arrives at the public health lab.
Oklahoma State Medical Association President Dr. Mary Clarke said last week that officials are “worried because Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas all have relatively high percentages of the delta variant.”