COVID-19 has claimed the life of a child between 5 and 17-years-old, for the first time since the virus hit Oklahoma back in mid-March.
The Interim State Health Commissioner Lance Frye reminded Oklahomans how important it is to protect each other.
““I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of the state’s first child impacted by COVID-19 since the pandemic arrived in Oklahoma. Our prayers are with the family and community as they mourn the loss of a young, innocent life,” said Commissioner Frye in a statement. “As the pandemic continues to tragically impact families in our state, we can remain vigilant to prevent the spread by actively protecting each other.”
Even though washing your hands often, social distancing, and wearing a mask can be challenging, it’s essential and important to take safety precautions.
State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister also reached out to Oklahomans.
“Students need to learn. We want schools to reopen this fall, but for that to happen, it is critical that Oklahomans take decisive actions now to mitigate spread of the virus,” said the superintendent in a statement. “Wearing a mask around other people is a small sacrifice for the sake of literally saving lives. We owe it to our children, teachers and staff for them to be able to go to school knowing that strong safeguards are in place for their safety and well-being.”
The state superintendent said she knows many parents may choose to go the distance learning route this school year and many districts have that options available.