OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Oklahoma will rise by about 1,300 on Wednesday after one laboratory’s reports on positive tests in recent months were found to have gone uncounted, state epidemiologist Dr. Jared Taylor said.
The lab, which Taylor declined to identify, had thought it was properly reporting the cases. However, they weren’t recorded in the system the state health department uses to track cases, Taylor said Tuesday.
Patients who tested positive for the virus were notified, and health officials believe the incident is isolated to one lab, which Taylor would only say is not a hospital.
“We feel very confident that it is a one-off with this one lab,” Taylor said.
According to the state health department on Tuesday, there have been 440,142 total COVID-19 cases reported in Oklahoma since the pandemic began, and 7,966 deaths based on death certificates provided to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to Johns Hopkins University data, the rolling average of daily deaths in Oklahoma has increased during the past two weeks from 12.4 to 14.7 per day. The rolling average of new cases has declined from 379.6 daily to 309.9.