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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

NORMAN — The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 13 new COVID-19 cases in Norman Sunday.

Sunday’s case total brings the city’s cumulative case total to 13,457. The state has reported 12,891 recoveries in Norman.

Norman’s death toll still stands at 144. The state will update local death numbers each Tuesday, according to the health department.

Norman’s seven-day new case average is 15 cases.

The newest numbers from Norman Regional Health Systems show a continued decline in local COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Oklahomans can use the state’s online vaccination portal to pre-register for the vaccine and schedule a vaccination when they are eligible. The portal is available at

State numbers

Oklahoma reported 492 new cases statewide Sunday, placing the state’s cumulative case total at 432,483. The state has reported 415,852 recoveries.

The newest case number brings the state’s seven-day case average down from 555 to 546.

Friday’s updated provisional death count from the CDC shows 7,486 COVID deaths in Oklahoma.

The State Department of Health has recorded 4,701 deaths. The state’s numbers differ from the CDC’s because the CDC data is based on death certificates, while the state data is updated after deaths are investigated.

Friday evening’s hospitalization numbers showed 253 current COVID hospitalizations in the state.

County numbers

Cleveland County reported 43 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the county’s cumulative case total to 29,235.

The health department has reported 27,962 recoveries and 282 deaths in the county.

Moore reported 10 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the city’s cumulative case total to 6,249. Moore has recorded 43 COVID-related deaths.

Friday’s update to the health department’s risk assessment map again places the county at a yellow level on the map, showing an average of 14.9 new cases per day in the county during the week of March 5-11. That average is up slightly from 12.1 new cases per day the week before.

NPS’ case and quarantine reports are available at OU’s case reports are available at

The Health Department is operating testing locations throughout the state at places and times listed on the OSDH website.

Norman lab IMMY hosts free drive-thru testing events from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 2701 Corporate Centre Drive. Registration is required ahead of time on IMMY’s website at

OU Health Services offers curbside tests by appointment to OU students, faculty or staff. The health department offers curbside tests by appointment in Moore and Norman. The City of Norman’s COVID data dashboard is available at

Jesse Crittenden covers the City of Moore and the marijuana industry for the Transcript. Email him at or follow him @jcritt31.

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