Vaccine syringes

A tray holds prepared syringes of COVID-19 vaccine doses.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma jumped by 1,082 on Wednesday, the first time since early April the one-day increase topped 1,000, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

The health department reported a seven-day average of 497 daily virus cases and that 271 people are currently hospitalized, including 94 in intensive care.

The department’s report came a day after medical officials with the Healthier Oklahoma Coalition pleaded with residents to become vaccinated.

Oklahoma Medical Association President Dr. Mary Clarke said during a Tuesday news conference that patients she had met were hesitant, not defiant, to get the vaccine.

“The number one thing is ‘it hasn’t been tested long enough,’” is the comment Clarke said she hears from patients. She said she tries to refute their concern.

“We’ve had hundreds of millions of people (vaccinated) ... we know the safety,” Clarke said.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 45.7% of Oklahomans have received at least one dose, and 39.2% are fully vaccinated.

The state health department said 8,654 deaths believed due to COVID-19 had been reported to the CDC.

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