Oklahoma health officials defend switch to weekly virus data

The Associated Press - March 28, 2021 8:04 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s epidemiologist is defending the state Health Department’s change from daily to weekly reporting of coronavirus information.

State epidemiologist Jared Taylor says daily reports did not provide a true picture of the virus and the weekly reports, issued on Wednesdays starting March 17th, levels out one day changes in virus information.

Public health officials have criticized the change. Tulsa Health Department Director Bruce Dart says his agency used the daily data in making decisions on how to respond to the virus. OU Health Covid Officer Dr. Dale Bratzler says local virus outbreaks and hotspots will not be spotted as quickly.

 

Latest Stories

Oklahoma man charged with threatening federal officials

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been charged with 10 counts of threatening federal...

Tulsa mayor expects city mask mandate to be lifted April 30

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum says he expects the city’s mask mandate for...

Oklahoma virus death toll since start of pandemic tops 8,000

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports the number of deaths due...