Special Report

This is the City in Oklahoma Where COVID-19 is Growing the Fastest

The U.S. has reported more than 85.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases as of June 28. There have been more than 1,005,000 reported deaths from COVID-19-related causes — the highest death toll of any country.

The extent of the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to vary considerably from state to state, and from city to city. Even as the number of daily new cases is flattening or even declining in some parts of the country, it is surging at a growing rate in others.

Nationwide, the number of new cases is growing at a steady rate. There were an average of 26.9 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans in the week ending June 28, essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 29.5 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

In Oklahoma, there were an average of 20.5 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents in the week ending June 28 — the 15th fewest of all 50 states. Oklahoma’s most recent case growth is essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 17.2 daily new cases per 100,000 residents.

Metropolitan areas with a high degree of mobility and a large population may be particularly vulnerable to outbreaks. While science and medical professionals are still studying how exactly the virus spreads, experts agree that outbreaks are more likely to occur in group settings where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another. Cities with high concentrations of dense spaces such as colleges, correctional facilities, and nursing homes are particularly at risk.

In the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, there were an average of 19.1 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents in the week ending June 28 — the fastest case growth of any city in Oklahoma. The metro area’s most recent case growth rate is basically unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 15.6 daily new cases per 100,000 residents.

Tulsa, the city where COVID-19 is growing the second fastest, has reported an average of 16.0 new daily cases per 100,000 residents.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Oklahoma City metropolitan area has reported a cumulative total of 371,263 confirmed cases, or 26,847.8 per 100,000 residents. By comparison, there are currently 26,994.6 cases per 100,000 Oklahoma residents and 26,100.9 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

In order to slow the spread, cities have ordered the closure of thousands of consumer-facing businesses. These measures have led to widespread job loss and record unemployment. In Oklahoma City, unemployment peaked at 15.2% in April 2020. As of November 2021, the unemployment rate was 2.0%.

To determine the metropolitan area in each state where COVID-19 is growing the fastest, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked metropolitan areas according to the average number of new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the seven days ending June 28. Data was aggregated from the county level to the metropolitan area level using boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population data used to adjust case and death totals came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates. Unemployment data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is seasonally adjusted.

These are all the counties in Oklahoma where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

MSA Population New daily cases per 100,000, week ending Jun. 28 New daily cases per 100,000, week ending Jun. 21 Cumulative cases per 100,000 Cumulative deaths per 100,000
Oklahoma City, OK 1,382,841 19.1 15.6 26,847.8 318.0
Tulsa, OK 990,544 16.0 14.6 27,016.2 368.0
Lawton, OK 127,620 6.8 5.9 27,315.5 338.5
Enid, OK 61,898 4.4 6.0 24,811.8 476.6

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