- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The number of active COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma fell Sunday, health officials reported, continuing a downward trend in the of count state residents fighting the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 12,768 people with active cases of COVID-19 Sunday, 161 fewer than the day before. The actual number is believed to be far higher because many people haven’t been tested and some who get sick don’t show symptoms.

Health officials also reported 706 new cases of the virus and 49 more deaths associated with it, bringing the state’s totals to 424,508 confirmed cases and 4,428 fatalities.

There were 528 Oklahomans hospitalized with COVID-19 Friday, the most recent date for which state data is available.

As of Sunday, more than 546,000 first doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered in Oklahoma, according to the health department. More than 293,000 people have received the second dose to complete their vaccination.

Roughly one in 20 coronavirus tests in Oklahoma has come back positive over the last week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University researchers.

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