Health & Wellness
Press Release

On March 12, FDA issued warning letters to 13 firms who manufacture and sell unauthorized e-liquids, advising them that selling products which lack premarket authorization is illegal, and therefore they cannot be sold or distributed in the U.S. The firms did not submit a premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) by the Sept. 9, 2020 deadline.

The firms receiving warning letters are VapinUSA-WI, LLC d/b/a VapinUSA, Vapor Springs, LLC, Vapor Cigs, LLC, Vegas Vapor Emporium, LLC, Vape 911, The Philosopher's Stone, LLC, The Clean Vape, Tooters Vape Shop, Cloudchasor LLC, Boardwalk Elixir, LLC, Dieselbycg-Hometown Vape Lounge, Blue Lab Vapors LLC, and Revolution Vapor LLC.

While each warning letter issued today cites specific products as examples, collectively these companies have listed a combined total of more than 75,000 products with the FDA.

Following an initial set of such warning letters announced earlier this year, FDA has continued to issue additional warning letters for these types of products.

Per a court order, applications for premarket review for certain deemed new tobacco products on the market as of Aug. 8, 2016—including e-liquids—were required to be submitted to FDA by Sept. 9, 2020. For companies that submitted applications by that deadline, FDA generally intends to continue to defer enforcement for up to one year pending FDA review, unless there is a negative action taken by FDA on the application.

In line with the agency’s stated enforcement priorities, after Sept. 9, 2020, FDA is prioritizing enforcement against any ENDS product that continues to be sold and for which the agency has not received a timely product application. FDA recently published an update on its progress on the processing and review of the applications received by Sept. 9, including a list of companies that submitted timely applications.

OSDH Update

This week, 28 Oklahoma counties are in the “orange" risk level, 48 are in the "yellow" risk level, and one is in the "green" risk level for the COVID-19 Risk Level System. OSDH continues to monitor closely the statewide hospitalization trends for COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Risk Level System will be updated every Friday in the Situation Update at 11:00 a.m. This week’s map can be seen in this update below the test results chart.

As OSDH continues to meet with stakeholders across the state, the COVID-19 Alert Map is subject to further revisions as science and public health guidance advances with the ongoing pandemic.

As of this advisory, there are 431,366 cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

544 is today's 7-day rolling average for the number of new cases reported.

Today's Provisional Death Count (CDC/NCHS): 7,486

Additional hospitalization data can be found in the Hospital Tiers report, published evenings Monday through Friday.

Register online to receive a notification when you're eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov, or locate other vaccine opportunities at vaccinefinder.org.

For more information, visit https://oklahoma.gov/covid19.html.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Cases

431,366

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date

3,197,311

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date

3,600,835

Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations

268

Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations

23

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

24,595

Provisional Death Count (CDC/NCHS)

7,486

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. As a result, counts are subject to change. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. 

***The purpose of publishing aggregated statistical COVID-19 data through the OSDH Dashboard, the Executive Order Report, and the Weekly Epidemiology and Surveillance Report is to support the needs of the general public in receiving important and necessary information regarding the state of the health and safety of the citizens of Oklahoma. These resources may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be used in any way that would determine the identity of any reported cases.

Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2021-03-12 at 7:00 a.m.

COVID-19 Risk Level System

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As of March 11, 2021

Detailed case statistics are published on the website. Click here for more information.

Press Release 

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 11, 2021) – Aging Services, a division of Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) dedicated to developing systems that support independence and quality of life for older Oklahomans and protecting vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation, announced today a name change to Community Living, Aging and Protective Services to better reflect their services and supports across the lifespan.

“We are proud of this new name that best describes the many programs and services we offer to keep older or vulnerable Oklahomans better connected and thriving in their own communities,” said Jeromy Buchanan, Community Living, Aging and Protective Services director. “Our services ensure the well-being and stability of our customers in their own homes, or support and advocacy for them while they are in institutional settings. We are dedicated to protecting independence for our customers while also protecting the safety of vulnerable adults, and are thankful for the many partners who join us in our work.”

This name change takes effect immediately, and efforts have begun to rebrand the division across all mediums and assets. There is no associated cost for these changes.

About Community Living, Aging and Protective Services:

In 2020, Adult Protective Services merged under Aging Services to align resources and services for vulnerable adults under one umbrella. Later that year, the program launched an elder abuse prevention campaign to provide educational resources and a robust partner toolkit to ensure Oklahomans could recognize and report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable adults.

The newly named Community Living, Aging and Protective Services better represents the robust services and supports offered to Oklahomans. This includes State Plan Personal Care (SPPC), a Medicaid service that helps individuals, from children through aging adults, with daily living activities at home, as well as a Respite Voucher Program to allow caregivers of older persons a break when they need it most. Older Americans Act Services include congregate and home-delivered meals, transportation and other programs provided through contracts with 11 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) to provide these services free of charge to Oklahomans 60 years of age and older. Other programs include ADvantage, which provides Medicaid services to help people stay at home instead of going to a nursing home, financial help for Medicare and medicines and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program that serves residents in Oklahoma’s long-term care facilities, just to name a few.

To learn more about or apply for any of the services available through Community Living, Aging and Protective Services, visit the Older Adults section of https://oklahoma.gov/okdhs.html.

Thursday, 11 March 2021 18:41

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19 March 11, 2021

OSDH Advisory

As of this advisory, there are 430,944 cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

615 is today's 7-day rolling average for the number of new cases reported.

Today's Provisional Death Count (CDC/NCHS): 7,433

Additional hospitalization data can be found in the Hospital Tiers report, published evenings Monday through Friday.

Register online to receive a notification when you're eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov, or locate other vaccine opportunities at vaccinefinder.org.

For more information, visit https://oklahoma.gov/covid19.html.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Cases

430,944

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date

3,190,130

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date

3,593,433

Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations

268

Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations

20

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

24,543

Provisional Death Count (CDC/NCHS)

7,433

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. As a result, counts are subject to change. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. 

***The purpose of publishing aggregated statistical COVID-19 data through the OSDH Dashboard, the Executive Order Report, and the Weekly Epidemiology and Surveillance Report is to support the needs of the general public in receiving important and necessary information regarding the state of the health and safety of the citizens of Oklahoma. These resources may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be used in any way that would determine the identity of any reported cases.

Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2021-03-11 at 7:00 a.m.

Detailed case statistics are published on the website. Click here for more information.

Saturday, 06 March 2021 19:04

March 6, 2021 Epidemiology Report

The weekly Oklahoma COVID-19 Weekly Report for Feb. 26 - March 4 is now available.

Oklahoma’s current trend with new positive cases continues to reflect community transmission, which can be reduced by keeping 6 feet of physical distance from others, wearing face coverings when around individuals from outside the household, avoiding touching your face, and regular hand-washing.

Oklahoma currently ranks 24th in the number of total reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and 7th in the cumulative incidence (per 100,000 persons) of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

It is critical for Oklahomans to seek out testing, with or without symptoms. Diagnostic testing is freely available to all Oklahomans, and we continue to improve our ability to find and diagnose COVID-19 cases through our contact tracing efforts. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, a public health worker may try to contact you; the need to adhere to instructions to quarantine and isolate remain critically important.

Reports from weeks past can be found here.

For more information, visit Oklahoma.gov/COVID19.

OSDH Weekly Epidemiology Report

3.5.21

John Hopkins 7 Day Average Positivity Rate for Specimen and Antibody Cases.

Saturday, 06 March 2021 18:58

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19 March 5, 2021

OSDH Update

This week, 28 Oklahoma counties are in the “orange" risk level, 47 are in the "yellow" risk level, and two are in the "green" risk level for the COVID-19 Risk Level System. OSDH continues to monitor closely the statewide hospitalization trends for COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Risk Level System will be updated every Friday in the Situation Update at 11:00 a.m. This week’s map can be seen in this update below the test results chart.

As OSDH continues to meet with stakeholders across the state, the COVID-19 Alert Map is subject to further revisions as science and public health guidance advances with the ongoing pandemic.

As of this advisory, there are 427,558 cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

648 is today's 7-day rolling average for the number of new cases reported.

Today's Provisional Death Count (CDC/NCHS): 7,202

Additional hospitalization data can be found in the Hospital Tiers report, published evenings Monday through Friday.

Register online to receive a notification when you're eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov.

For more information, visit https://oklahoma.gov/covid19.html.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Cases

427,558

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date

3,135,060

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date

3,536,729

Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations

366

Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations

30

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

24,156

Provisional Death Count (CDC/NCHS)

7,202

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. As a result, counts are subject to change. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. 

***The purpose of publishing aggregated statistical COVID-19 data through the OSDH Dashboard, the Executive Order Report, and the Weekly Epidemiology and Surveillance Report is to support the needs of the general public in receiving important and necessary information regarding the state of the health and safety of the citizens of Oklahoma. These resources may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be used in any way that would determine the identity of any reported cases.

Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2021-03-05 at 7:00 a.m.

COVID-19 Risk Level System

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As of March 04, 2021

Detailed case statistics are published on the website. Click here for more information.

Press release

From the Institute for Child Advocacy 

After initially failing in the Oklahoma Senate on a technical issue, Senate Bill 339, which corrects the error in state law allowing children 8-17 to not wear seat belts in the back seats of cars, will return to the Senate floor, most likely on Monday.

The technical issue has been fixed! This should allay the concerns of those who voted "no." Please call your Senator or any state Senator you know and ask them for a "Yes" vote on SB 339.

Those senators who voted "no" were: Mark Allen, Micheal Bergstrom, David Bullard, George Burns, Nathan Dahm, Julie Daniels, Kim David, Jessica Garvin, Chuck Hall, John Haste, Brent Howard, Shane Jett, Chris Kidd, James Leewright, Greg McCortney, John Michael Montgomery, Casey Murdock, Joe Newhouse, Lonnie Paxton, Dewayne Pemberton, Adam Pugh, Marty Quinn, Cody Rogers, Paul Rosino, Frank Simpson, Rob Standridge, Brenda Stanley, Blake Stephens, and Zack Taylor.

Let them know that Senator Pederson listened to their concerns and has fixed the language regarding the liability issue. Politely ask for a YES vote on Senate Bill 339 to protect 8 -17-year-olds with seatbelt wear required in the back seats of passenger vehicles (farm vehicles are exempted).

Oklahoma is the only state in the nation without such a law, yet car crashes are the #1 cause of death for kids in this age group in our state. Polling shows this is among the most popular bills in the Legislature, with 83% of voters supporting the bill. Those same voters say they "would be disappointed" if their legislators do not.

Leave a message if you get voice mail. Legislative assistants will tally calls and report these to their senators, so thank them for conveying this important message and urging them to change their vote to YES.

Tuesday, 02 March 2021 16:43

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19 March 2, 2021

 

As of this advisory, there are 424,999 cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

684 is today's 7-day rolling average for the number of new cases reported.

There are 56 additional deaths identified to report.

Deaths occurred between 11/13/2020 - 02/28/2021

2 of the newly reported deaths occurred in February.

24 of the newly reported deaths occurred in January.

 Deaths identified to report:

  • One in Adair County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Atoka County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Bryan County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Caddo County, one female in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Canadian County, one male in the 36-49 age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Cherokee County, one female in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Cleveland County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • Five in Comanche County, three females in the 65 or older age group, two males in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Custer County, two males in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Grady County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Haskell County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Jefferson County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Kay County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Love County, one female in the 36-49 age group.
  • One in Major County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in McClain County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in McIntosh County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Muskogee County, one female in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Five in Oklahoma County, two females in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 50-64 age group, two males in the 65 or older age group.
  • Three in Okmulgee County, one female in the 50-64 age group, one male in the 50-64 age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Osage County, one female in the 50-64 age group, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Ottawa County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Pawnee County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Three in Pittsburg County, two females in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Pottawatomie County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Stephens County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • 13 in Tulsa County, one female in the 50-64 age group, three females in the 65 or older age group, nine males in the 65 or older age group.

There are 4,534 total deaths in the state.

Additional hospitalization data can be found in the Hospital Tiers report, published evenings Monday through Friday.

Register online to receive a notification when you're eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov.

For more information, visit https://oklahoma.gov/covid19.html.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Cases

424,999

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date

3,100,280

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date

3,499, 681

Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations

447

Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations

21

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

23,999

Total Cumulative Deaths

4,534

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. As a result, counts are subject to change. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. 

***The purpose of publishing aggregated statistical COVID-19 data through the OSDH Dashboard, the Executive Order Report, and the Weekly Epidemiology and Surveillance Report is to support the needs of the general public in receiving important and necessary information regarding the state of the health and safety of the citizens of Oklahoma. These resources may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be used in any way that would determine the identity of any reported cases.

Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2021-03-02 at 7:00 a.m.

Detailed case statistics are published on the website. Click here for more information.

 

Beginning on Tuesday, March 2, from 1 pm to 5 pm, and each Tuesday thereafter (sans March 16th), Carl Albert State College will serve as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic site for all area educators. “We have been working extensively with our area health departments and, as educators ourselves, are thrilled to offer this service to our area school systems,” said Vicky Russell, CASC Nursing Instructor. “To be able to fill a need in our area, and especially for those on the front lines each day, is just an honor.”

The CASC clinic will be held in the Mick Thompson Fieldhouse located in the south section of campus, and will run on a volunteer pool from CASC students, staff, and faculty. “We are so proud to partner with the health department on providing a site for life-saving vaccinations, and thrilled to serve as the vaccination hub for educators in southeast Oklahoma,” said CASC President Jay Falkner. “Anytime we can be part of the solution to a problem our communities are facing, we are fulfilling our responsibility as a community leader. We feel privileged to be part of this venture.”

CASC has worked collaboratively with area schools to ensure local educators have access to, and are informed of, the clinic. “Once all of our educators have been served, we do plan to open our vaccination clinic up to those who fall in the current distribution phase in Oklahoma,” said Russell. “It will be exciting to serve additional groups in our area.”

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