For example, the vast majority of COVID hospital admissions in Oklahoma are unvaccinated people. Fully vaccinated people represent only a fraction of hospitalizations, but among the fully vaccinated population two-thirds were at least 65 years old.
In the past 30 days, 78.6% of COVID hospital admissions in Oklahoma were unvaccinated – or 1,268 out of 1,613 inpatients in total, according to state data released Wednesday.
But of the 270 fully vaccinated people admitted to hospitals, 182 or 67.4% were aged 65 or older.
For example, 90% of COVID hospital admissions in the past 30 days in Oklahoma were unvaccinated (1,268 people) or were fully vaccinated but were at least 65 years old (182 people).
The seven-day average of new cases in Oklahoma was 654 reported Thursday, which is a 77% drop from the 2,806 delta variant peak in late August.
However, that seven-day average is still 6.5 times higher than the June low of 99 per day.
Bratzler noted that “we really could have hit endemic levels” in June, but then the delta variant burst in and quickly upended that relative calm.
“I hate to say it, but there is a possibility that a new variant will emerge anywhere in the world where there is unmitigated spread of this virus,” Bratzler said. “So we have to keep our defenses in place and be really prepared at this point.”