Tulsa, Oklahoma 2021-07-27 20:14:55 –
Tulsa, Oklahoma-The federal government announced changes to its COVID recommendations at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. The CDC currently recommends wearing masks in indoor public spaces in high-infection areas and schools, regardless of vaccine status.
The update was released shortly after top medical professionals in Oklahoma discussed how low vaccine rates are supplying new spikes.
At a virtual meeting on Tuesday afternoon, doctors from the healthier Oklahoma Union said a large number of COVID cases were seen in northeastern Oklahoma.
“It’s much redder than it was in these areas of eastern and northeastern Oklahoma,” said Dr. David Kendrick when he presented a graphed slide showing the surge. “I wish I had better news today.”
As the waves move west, Tulsa’s positive rate exceeds 17%, Dr. Kendrick warns, reaching 16.5% across the state. He said these numbers were last seen in November when there was no vaccine to help.
Dr. Mary Clark, President of the Oklahoma Medical Association, said:
The group agreed that inpatient COVID patients in Oklahoma were rarely vaccinated. This and other factors have forced some state leaders to demand an emergency order from the governor.
“Well, we know we need it, but it’s difficult. It’s a difficult decision for him and a difficult decision for the state,” said Jean, chairman of the healthier Oklahoma Union.・ Dr. Hauscher said.
The State Medical Association believes that urgent orders are needed to enable masking requirements in schools and help hospitals expand their bed space.
“The hospital cannot randomly decide that it intends to build a hospital bed outside the hall.” It’s not legal. Emergency use orders exempt them from some of these rules, “Dr. Clark said.
Emergency orders allow hospitals to turn places such as conference rooms and cafeterias into emergency rooms again.
Doctors also say that people aren’t tested for the virus until the symptoms get worse, and hospital doctors will fight more advanced coronavirus disease.
The 18-49 year old group has the most COVID cases in the state.
Last Friday, Governor Kevin Stitt said he had no plans to declare an emergency. 2 News Oklahoma has contacted his office to see if his position has changed, but has not yet responded.
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