Variant sequencing at the Oklahoma State Department of Health Public Health lab of most recent specimens from over the holidays shows a mix of omicron (57 percent) and delta (43 percent). The data are important to providers and the public to understand what is going on in the state.
The state is currently experiencing record numbers of new cases and is the number one state in the nation on death rates from Covid. Five days into the year, and the state already has 8,000 new cases
“Our team continues to monitor cases and hospitalizations to provide critical data that allow Oklahomans to make the best decisions for themselves,” said Keith Reed, interim commissioner of health. “Coinciding with our increased case count and what other states are seeing, current data show omicron is increasing in Oklahoma, and we anticipate that will continue.”
Variant sequencing continues to be conducted on all positive COVID-19 tests provided to the lab. This full sequencing process can take up to four days for completion.