OU COVID Chief Responds To State's Spike In Coronavirus Cases

Monday, June 22nd 2020, 6:49 am

OU's COVID chief is responding to the state's approach to the record-setting COVID spike.

Dr. Dale Bratzler said the state is operating under the concept that case numbers are going up but since hospitalizations aren't going up at the same speed, they don't need to ramp safety measures back up.

There are more than 10,000 cases confirmed in our state.

Hospitals said they're caring for 135 COVID-19 patients compared to 69 on June 1. Seventy-six of them are in ICU.

"I think it is likely that we will see a bump in hospitalizations, and perhaps even more deaths. Deaths tend to be delayed, they tend to occur two are three weeks after the test is confirmed," he said.

The state is also citing expanded testing as another reason reopening can continue.

Bratzler pointed out the percentage of positive tests dropped down below 2% at the end of May.

Last Friday, 7% of all tests came back positive.

The state has seen the largest jump in daily cases over the last week since the pandemic started.

The state health department is advising anyone who's attended any large gathering recently, like President Trump's rally in Tulsa, to get tested for COVID-19 as a precaution. Even if they don't show any symptoms.