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Oklahoma virus deaths increased to conform with CDC count


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of Oklahoma deaths due to the illness caused by the coronavirus jumped by about 2,500 Wednesday as the state health department began using the count reported by the federal Centers for Disease Control.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 7,035 deaths using the CDC's number that is based on death certificates. The health department on Tuesday had reported 4,534 COVID deaths.

The pending change was announced Monday by state epidemiologist Dr. Jared Taylor, who said the state's lower total was due to the state more fully investigating deaths of pe...

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