The State of Obesity 2020

Obesity rates vary considerably between states and regions of the country. Mississippi has the highest adult obesity rate in the country at 40.8 percent and Colorado has the lowest at 23.8 percent. Twelve states have adult rates above 35 percent, they are: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. As recently as 2012, no state had an adult obesity rate above 35 percent; in 2000 no state had an adult obesity rate above 25 percent.

The State of Obesity 2020: Better Policies for a Healthier America —

Meanwhile in Oklahoma we are ranked #4 in the nation with an obesity rate of 36.8% — (SOURCE: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data, CDC).

I seem to recall being ranked #5 in the nation in another report on Covid-19 — Meanwhile in Oklahoma – 09.17.20.

Interesting comparison don’t ya think?

People of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19:


Chronic kidney disease

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant

Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)

Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies

Sickle cell disease

Type 2 diabetes mellitus

CDC website accessed 08.25.20

Meanwhile in Oklahoma – 09.17.20

Oklahoma ranks No. 5 in the U.S. for new COVID-19 cases and test positivity, according to the latest White House Coronavirus Task Force weekly report released Wednesday afternoon. The state’s rate of new weekly cases was 142 per 100,000 people, nearly doubling the U.S. average of 74 per 100,000 people. Its test positivity rate was at 10%, which is more than double the national average of 4.8%.

Oklahoma ranks No. 5 in new COVID-19 cases and test positivity in latest White House report —

Meanwhile in…Oklahoma jumps to 4th in U.S. for COVID-19 positivity, 9th in new cases

Oklahoma has an 11.3% positivity rate — the percentage of COVID-19 tests that are positive — more than double the country’s positivity rate of 5.2%. The state’s rate is its highest yet, surpassing the 10.1% in the July 26 report to become the second time Oklahoma has landed in the positivity red zone.

Oklahoma’s new case rate is 146 per 100,000 people, nearly two-thirds more than the national average of 88 per 100,000. The state has been in the red zone for new cases for nine consecutive weeks.

A week ago the report warned that virus transmission was increasing in the “major university towns.”

Oklahoma jumps to 4th in U.S. for COVID-19 positivity, 9th in new cases —

Less Worried About Tulsa (for now)



Screenshot_2020-06-27 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Tulsa Health Department(1)

Screenshot_2020-06-27 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Tulsa Health Department(2)

Screenshot_2020-06-27 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Tulsa Health Department(3)


Go to my Project List page if you want to understand why I track Tulsa infections.

Look at the percentage of Asians with Covid-19.  Asians in Tulsa Oklahoma?

From a webpage:

Dim Mang is organizing this fundraiser.

Created June 12, 2020 — Community & Neighbors

The Burmese American community in Tulsa is one of the largest in the United States, totaling about 8,000 members. We are a community of immigrants and refugees; the majority of the community are Chin, also known as Zomi, a (Christian) religious and ethnic minority group from Chin State in Myanmar.

The community is at the front lines of COVID-19, with outbreaks occurring across multiple factories in Tulsa due to the state’s passive response and these companies’ unsafe working standards. In order to aid the Zomi community in Tulsa, we (a group of college students and recently graduated college students) are raising money to put together packages of gloves, masks, and translated CDC guidelines in Zomi language, which is the language the majority of the community speaks.

Whirlpool plant in Tulsa temporarily shuttered after COVID-19 outbreak

A Whirlpool Corporation plant in Tulsa was closed after health officials confirmed cases of COVID-19, a deadly and highly infectious disease, associated with the facility.

This virus is doing more than merely infecting people, causing extreme illness and death.  This virus is a teacher.

We are learning who and what in our society is truly essential.

We are learning more about supply chains and their inherent weak links.

We are learning there are those among us who care about others and those of us who are boundlessly selfish.

We are learning the oft touted service economy is not only a myth but that a majority of the services provided in a service economy are not essential.


We are learning the “higher” in higher education is the cost and debt, not necessarily the quality of the product.

We are learning we all need to eat but not eat out.

We are learning.



Worried About Oklahoma

Dr. Bruce Dart of the Tulsa Health Department reported Monday that the positive rate by our Health Department has spiked to 15%, suggesting the increase in positive cases is not solely due to increased testing. Anecdotally, many of my colleagues report seeing more positive cases on a shift than ever before.

I’m a Tulsa emergency physician and conservative, and the Trump rally is a terrible idea

I’m not a Tulsa emergency physician and I also think the rally is a terrible idea.

Positivity rate OK 061820

Chart source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

We have crossed the line.  What a difference a day makes.

We just need to test more to find more negatives to get our positivity rate down.




Worried About…Florida

The graph below compares states’ rate of positivity to the recommended positivity rate of 5% or below. States that meet the WHO’s recommended criteria appear in green, while the states that are not testing enough to meet the positivity benchmark are in orange.  Source – Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Positivity rates

Oklahoma is teetering on the edge.  But Florida is over the edge.  New cases in Florida below.


Meanwhile in Oklahoma…


Screenshot_2020-06-17 America Is Reopening But have we flattened the curve

I learned you can grab graphs easily from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

I also heard there was a political rally on Saturday in Tulsa.

I have no intentions of being anywhere near downtown Tulsa on Saturday.

But for those of you who plan on going at least we have plenty of beds.

Screenshot_2020-06-17 Personal Protective and Hospital Equipment Dashboard

Counting The Dead

Data source article link below the graph.


Why daily death tolls have become unusually important in understanding the coronavirus pandemic

Although figures might not always be comparable, more approaches to counting the dead are useful. Diseases have always cut differing paths through communities, says Maia Majumder, an epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts. “This disease is going to look enormously different from one context to another, and we need to get comfortable with that,” says Majumder.

Meanwhile in Oklahoma…



Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-04-12 at 7:00 AM.