OKC Doctors Concerned Over Possible Post New Year's Eve COVID-19 Spike

Thursday, December 31st 2020, 6:54 am

Oklahoma doctors are warning about a possible spike in COVID-19 cases following New Year's Eve celebrations.

December was predicted to be the worst month for COVID-19. So far, local doctors say that's holding true.

Nearly 2,000 Oklahomans are in hospitals across the state battling the coronavirus.

ICU beds are at the highest number yet, holding 501 patients.

As many New Year's celebrations have gone virtual in the metro, there are still ways people could be in close contact.

Bars and restaurants are now allowed to stay open as the on-going legal battle between Governor Stitt's executive order and bar owners has yet to be settled.

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This just brings more stress for doctors.

"The risk of transmitting the virus in that setting is very high. Just remember, I believe a lot of Oklahomans are infected—many who haven't been tested. Many of whom are asymptomatic. Look normal, feel normal but can spread the virus,” said Dr. Dale Bratzler with OU Health. "I think they are very high in Oklahoma. I think the numbers right now do not adequately reflect the actual case counts in Oklahoma."

Dr. Bratzler also expressed his concern about the new strain of the infection, saying he thinks this could already be in Oklahoma.

This strain is not more deadly but appearing to be even more contagious.