Under Kevin Stitt’s leadership, Oklahoma ranks among the worst states in the country in COVID deaths. In 2021, Oklahoma had a death rate of 251 per 100,000 people – the worst in the country, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Oklahoma lost one of every 399 residents to COVID this past year. States with the U.S.’s lowest vaccination rates lost residents to COVID at a rate of two to five times higher than states with high vaccination rates. Oklahoma ranks 37th in vaccination rate.
Stitt’s administration has been criticized for spending COVID money on expenditures for travel centers and public relations – money that could have gone to hospitals, health care workers, and other measures to fight the disease.