Health Officials Urge Oklahomans To Still Take COVID Precautions During Spring Break Week

Tuesday, March 9th 2021, 5:24 pm
By: Hunter McKee

With several Oklahoma City metro schools back to in-person learning and spring break just around the corner, health officials are urging everyone to still take precaution when traveling for spring break.

“We saw a big surge in cases after Christmas and New Year’s,” said OU Health Dr. Dale Bratzler. “We don’t know what’s going to happen.”

It's a week many Oklahomans look forward to and this time, there's plenty of optimism. In the last month, the state has seen a steady decline in new COVID-19 cases and the Oklahoma City metro has seen its lowest number of hospitalizations since September.

“As we move forward, we’re going to get better and better protection,” said Phil Maytubby with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.

Despite many getting vaccinated, a majority of students in schools do not qualify for a shot yet.

“Twenty-five percent of our population out children,” said Maytubby. “So that’s a lot of people we need to make sure we protect.”

A number of kids are already back in the classroom with several more school districts returning to traditional learning soon.

“What we’re going to do is pretty much what we’ve always done,” said Charles Bradley, superintendent for Mustang Public Schools. “Here’s what the CDC and the State Health Department say.”

Bradley said their goal is to provide families with guidelines if they decide to leave the state.

“Documenting where people go, we’re not going to do that,” said Bradley. “We’re just making sure everybody has that information.

Oklahoma City area schools are set to begin spring break next week.