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Opinion: Proposed bill is a threat to the future health and safety of our community. | Columnists


This has served Tulsa County well for many years with marked improvements in the county health rankings compared to other counties in Oklahoma. Embedded in our local community, we are better able to engage with local partners in support of a community health improvement plan that includes a focus on social determinants of health that impact our local population.

In 2011, Tulsa County was ranked No. 27 in Oklahoma out of 77 counties. By 2019, Tulsa County improved to No. 13, and through targeted initiatives in our county, our community’s health will continue to improve.

A recent argument in favor of the bill that has surfaced is that the Oklahoma State Department of Health needs control of the Oklahoma and Tulsa public health departments to secure more funding for the state.

State funding requests do not carve out Tulsa and Oklahoma counties, just as they do not carve out populations from tribal nation health departments.

In fact, Oklahoma is the 28th most populous state yet ranks 25th in estimated two-year federal funding directed to states per person by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration. Yet, the state of Oklahoma ranks 43rd or worse in every domain of America’s Health Rankings report.

Metro health departments, tribal health departments and the Veterans Administration have made great improvements in health outcomes because they are able to target the specific needs of their populations. This is an established principle of population health.



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States ranked by percentage of COVID-19 vaccines administered: Jan. 25


North Dakota has administered the highest percentage of COVID-19 vaccines it has received, according to the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration data tracker.

The CDC’s data tracker compiles data from healthcare facilities and public health authorities. It updates daily to report the total number of COVID-19 vaccines that have been distributed to each state and the total number each state has administered.

As of 6 a.m. EST Jan. 24, a total of 41,411,550 vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S., and 21,848,655 have been administered, or 52.76 percent. That means about 6.66 percent of the U.S. population has been vaccinated. Additionally, 18,502,131 people have received their first dose of the vaccine, and 3,216,836 have received the full two doses. 

Below are the states ranked by the percentage of COVID-19 vaccines they’ve administered of those that have been distributed to them. Some numbers may not reflect the actual number of vaccines administered, as coding problems and data lags have hindered efforts to accurately count and publicly report how many doses are administered daily in some states. 

  1. North Dakota
    Doses distributed to state: 86,750
    Doses administered: 73,175
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 84.35
  2. West Virginia
    Doses distributed to state: 243,100
    Doses administered: 202,883
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 83.46
  3. New Mexico
    Doses distributed to state: 257,075
    Doses administered: 200,141
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 77.85
  4. South Dakota
    Doses distributed to state: 106,575
    Doses administered: 80,441
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 75.48
  5. Connecticut
    Doses distributed to state: 492,850
    Doses administered: 321,737
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 65.28
  6. Oklahoma
    Doses distributed to state: 496,350
    Doses administered: 322,810
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 65.04
  7. Montana
    Doses distributed to state: 119,500
    Doses administered: 76,590
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 64.09
  8. Kentucky
    Doses distributed to state: 471,000
    Doses administered: 299,493
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 63.59
  9. Michigan
    Doses distributed to state: 1,095,675
    Doses administered: 695,273
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 63.46
  10. Colorado
    Doses distributed to state: 692,700
    Doses administered: 434,496
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 62.72
  11. South Carolina
    Doses distributed to state: 453,250
    Doses administered: 278,795
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 61.51
  12. Louisiana
    Doses distributed to state: 543,700
    Doses administered: 334,086
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 61.45
  13. Alaska
    Doses distributed to state: 155,700
    Doses administered: 94,257
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 60.54
  14. Utah
    Doses distributed to state: 341,725
    Doses administered: 202,729
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 59.33
  15. Arkansas
    Doses distributed to state: 368,650
    Doses administered: 214,240
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 58.11
  16. Oregon
    Doses distributed to state: 492,450
    Doses administered: 285,922
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 58.06
  17. Wyoming
    Doses distributed to state: 70,750
    Doses administered: 40,803
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 57.67
  18. Vermont
    Doses distributed to state: 90,000
    Doses administered: 51,872
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 57.64
  19. Texas
    Doses distributed to state: 3,070,825
    Doses administered: 1,763,299
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 57.42
  20. New Hampshire
    Doses distributed to state: 162,950
    Doses administered: 93,338
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 57.28
  21. New York
    Doses distributed to state: 2,395,950
    Doses administered: 1,365,404
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 56.99
  22. Maine
    Doses distributed to state: 178,450
    Doses administered: 99,815
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 55.93
  23. Nebraska
    Doses distributed to state: 238,100
    Doses administered: 132,846
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 55.79
  24. Delaware
    Doses distributed to state: 116,325
    Doses administered: 64,186
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 55.18
  25. New Jersey
    Doses distributed to state: 989,900
    Doses administered: 535,625
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 54.11
  26. Tennessee
    Doses distributed to state: 838,825
    Doses administered: 452,042
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 53.89
  27. Florida
    Doses distributed to state: 2,908,275|
    Doses administered: 1,544,794
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 53.12
  28. Washington
    Doses distributed to state: 846,625
    Doses administered: 449,385
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 53.08
  29. Nevada
    Doses distributed to state: 286,950
    Doses administered: 152,203
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 53.04
  30. Indiana
    Doses distributed to state: 841,725
    Doses administered: 446,029
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 52.99
  31. Iowa
    Doses distributed to state: 361,475
    Doses administered: 191,183
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 52.89
  32. Ohio
    Doses distributed to state: 1,233,075
    Doses administered: 647,104
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 52.48
  33. North Carolina
    Doses distributed to state: 1,246,600
    Doses administered: 636,439
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 51.05
  34. Wisconsin
    Doses distributed to state: 610,100
    Doses administered: 308,290
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 50.53
  35. Mississippi
    Doses distributed to state: 358,100
    Doses administered: 177,636
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 49.61
  36. Illinois
    Doses distributed to state: 1,417,250
    Doses administered: 699,072
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 49.33
  37. Georgia
    Doses distributed to state: 1,235,775
    Doses administered: 604,067
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 48.88
  38. Massachusetts
    Doses distributed to state: 859,175
    Doses administered: 419,806
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 48.86
  39. Idaho
    Doses distributed to state: 181,100
    Doses administered: 87,128
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 48.11
  40. Missouri
    Doses distributed to state: 661,400
    Doses administered: 317,737
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 48.04
  41. Pennsylvania
    Doses distributed to state: 1,564,125
    Doses administered: 744,591
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 47.60
  42. Minnesota
    Doses distributed to state: 680,700
    Doses administered: 321,180
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 47.18
  43. Arizona
    Doses distributed to state: 829,500
    Doses administered: 390,623
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 47.09
  44. Alabama
    Doses distributed to state: 521,225
    Doses administered: 243,737
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 46.76
  45. Maryland
    Doses distributed to state: 742,175
    Doses administered: 338,544
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 45.62
  46. Rhode Island
    Doses distributed to state: 149,225
    Doses administered: 67,566
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 45.28
  47. California
    Doses distributed to state: 4,906,525
    Doses administered: 2,199,908
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 44.84
  48. Hawaii
    Doses distributed to state: 191,575
    Doses administered: 84,792
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 44.26
  49. Kansas
    Doses distributed to state: 348,175
    Doses administered: 151,249
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 43.44
  50. Virginia
    Doses distributed to state: 1,069,725
    Doses administered: 451,668
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 42.22

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Agents raid U.S. coronavirus data scientist’s home, confiscate hardware


(Reuters) – U.S. law enforcement agents on Monday raided the home of a top data scientist who helped build Florida state’s online COVID dashboard and alleged she was fired from her government job because she refused to manipulate data.

The home of Rebekah Jones in Tallahassee, Florida, was raided by agents executing a search warrant on suspicion that Jones hacked into a state Department of Health communications system, said Rick Swearingen, commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Swearingen said agents “seized several devices that will be forensically analyzed.” Jones, in a Twitter post, said her phone “and all my hardware and tech” were confiscated.

An unauthorized text message was sent through the system last month to nearly 1,800 department employees, encouraging them to “speak up before another 17,000 people are dead,” according to a report last month by the Tampa Bay Times, which obtained the message.

Swearingen said an investigation began last month after the state’s Department of Health filed a complaint saying it had been hacked. He said agents executed a search warrant at Jones’ home after investigators determined that the unauthorized message was sent from an IP address associated with her family internet account.

Jones, who has filed a whistleblower complaint against Florida, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. She told USA Today that she did not hack into any government system.

Jones told the Miami Herald that she thinks investigators are not after her – but are actually trying to find out which state employees have spoken with her since she was fired in May.

After she was fired, Jones created her own COVID dashboard that included more details – like hospital capacity – than the state itself was at times providing.

“The most damning stuff that they are going to get from that equipment is the information about all of the employees from the state who have talked to me over the last six months,” Jones told the Herald.

‘TRUTH TO POWER’

Jones has said she was dismissed because she would not manipulate data that would support the state’s reopening of the economy.

The office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in May defended Jones’ firing, telling the Miami Herald she had been insubordinate on numerous occasions, including unilaterally making changes to the state’s COVID dashboard.

Jones posted home security camera footage of Monday’s raid on her Twitter account. It showed agents with weapons drawn, yelling at unseen people on a second floor to exit the home.

“They pointed a gun at my face. They pointed guns at my kids,” Jones wrote on Twitter.

Swearingen, in his written statement, denied that agents pointed guns at anyone in the house.

“This is what happens to scientists who do their job honestly,” Jones wrote. “This is what happens to people who speak truth to power.”

Reporting by Brad Brooks in Lubbock, Texas; Editing by Leslie Adler and Raju Gopalakrishnan



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