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COVID-19 information Oklahomans need to know
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COVID-19 information Oklahomans need to know

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Even with case counts slowly showing positive declines in Oklahoma and across the nation, COVID-19 fatalities are still rising, with the state on the edge of a grisly statistic: 1 in 400 dead due to the virus.

Vaccinations can prevent hospitalization and death for those who contract the virus; even previous recovery from a COVID-19 infection is no guarantee against severe illness from the delta variant. 

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