Cases of the new coronavirus in Oklahoma continue to rise, and the state reported a record 478 new infections on June 21, the highest daily case count since the outbreak began, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.
A record single-day increase of 143 new cases was also reported Sunday in Tulsa County, according to the latest data from the Tulsa Health Department.
The latest figures bring the total number of confirmed cases in the state to at least 10,516, as of Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
According to the latest Tulsa Health Department report, Tulsa County’s seven-day moving average of new cases has been on a steep incline from June 1 to 21, increasing from 13.7 to 112.1, respectively.
The state’s daily case count has had a mostly increasing trend from around June 6 to June 21, going from 52 to 478 new cases daily, respectively, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The Oklahoma stay-at-home order expired May 6, but some companies were allowed to reopen starting April 24 with restrictions, including restaurants and entertainment, as well as personal care services.
Health experts raised concerns about a surge in cases ahead of Trump’s rally Saturday in Tulsa, which was the president’s first rally since the outbreak began. Large-scale political demonstrations were halted in March due to the threat of spreading the infection among the crowds.
Last week, the seven-day daily average number of new COVID-19 cases per million in Oklahoma increased by 140.3 percent in the week ending June 18, according to the figure reported the week before, according to research by Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, epidemiologist and public health scientist at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. He is also a member of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) Rapid Response Task Force COVID-19.
According to the CDC, COVID-19 has an incubation period that ranges from 4 to 5 days from exposure to approximately 14 days. Although Saturday’s demonstration was not the cause of the latest increase, experts fear it will make matters worse in the coming weeks.
Speaking to NewsweekFeigl-Ding said Friday: “I think there is a high risk that Trump’s concentration in Tulsa increases the risk. [of further spreading the virus]”Noting the seriousness of the threat of further infection across the country as a result of Saturday’s demonstration.
Last week, a doctor and infectious disease specialist from Oxford University Saïd Business School, Peter Drobac, told Newsweek: “If you were trying to design a superprocessor event for COVID-19, it would look a lot like one of these rallies.”
“It is perfectly designed to encourage the spread of a respiratory virus. I am concerned about the risk to attendees, their loved ones and the president,” he added.
The new coronavirus, which was first reported in Wuhan, China, has infected more than 8.9 million people worldwide, including more than 2.2 million in the US. USA More than 4.4 million worldwide have recovered from the infection, while more than 468,500 have died. Wednesday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.
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Correction: This headline and this story have been corrected to remove a link between the spike in coronavirus cases and Trump’s Saturday rally.