Oklahoma continues to rank poorly in White House COVID-19 reports, but state stops seeking details to share with public

The White House Coronavirus Task Force's Dec. 27 report lists Oklahoma as the worst state in test positivity, fourth highest in hospital admissions per bed and fourth highest in new cases per capita. It ranks 34th lowest in deaths per capita. BY IAN MAULE/TULSA WORLD

TULSA -- In some respects, Oklahomans are finding it more difficult to track how poorly their state is doing in the midst of the roaring pandemic as compared to other states and the country as a whole.

Oklahoma ranks among the five worst in three statistical areas that the White House highlights in gauging COVID-19's severity -- but the state won't ask the federal government for the private reports so they can be posted for the public to view.

In the White House Coronavirus Task Force's Dec. 27 report, Oklahoma is worst in test positivity, fourth highest in hospital admissions per bed and fourth highest in new cases per capita. It ranks 34th lowest in deaths per capita.

The Tulsa World obtained the latest national rankings from Idaho's state report, which was attached to an�article published Dec. 30 by the Post Register in Idaho Falls.

The White House Coronavirus Task Force recently changed its policy, providing states with their individualized reports only by request instead of automatically. Weekly reports for Oklahoma through Dec. 6�are still available on the state's website.

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