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Health leaders come together to discuss COVID-19 surge, urge Oklahomans to act now to stop spread – KOCO Oklahoma City

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Dec 2, 2020

What can be done to slow the spread of this deadly virus? It’s an ongoing discussion with many of Oklahoma top heath care professionals.Representatives with the Healthier Oklahoma Coalition said they expect the see a spike in COVID-19 cases after the Thanksgiving holiday and heading into Christmas, and it’s time to act now.One of the largest groups of health care providers in the state came together to address everything related to COVID-19.“ICU beds are the most critical need at this point on a statewide level,” said Patti Davis, president of the Oklahoma Hospital Association. Health care leaders held a news conference and discussed infection rates, the growing COVID-19 cases and the strain it’s putting on Oklahoma hospitals, including scaling back on some surgical procedures.“We know that staff are being redeployed from certain areas to be concentrated on COVID care,” Davis said. “We know of hospitals that are taking floors and reallocating them for COVID care to create additional capacity.”Dr. George Monks with the Oklahoma State Medical Association stressed the need for municipal mask mandates, saying community spread continues to be a big contributor to climbing COVID-19 numbers, putting everyone, including our most vulnerable, at risk.“Because as community spread increases, there’s a greater chance those workers can get COVID in inadvertently oh no, unknowingly transmit COVID to those residents,” Monks said.With Pfizer and Moderna are on tap to release their vaccines within weeks. Health care workers on the front lines and the elderly are expected to be one of the first to get it. “We know there’s a second dose that you have to have for the both of these vaccines. But we don’t know how long that will last, we don’t know if it’s going to be, sort of like a flu shot where you have to do it once a year or whether you have longer lasting immunity, I think that’s still to be determined,” Monks said.Monks stressed that he recommends only essential trips to work, the doctor’s office and grocery story only, and of course, wear your mask wherever you go in public. Click here to watch the full news conference.

What can be done to slow the spread of this deadly virus? It’s an ongoing discussion with many of Oklahoma top heath care professionals.

Representatives with the Healthier Oklahoma Coalition said they expect the see a spike in COVID-19 cases after the Thanksgiving holiday and heading into Christmas, and it’s time to act now.

One of the largest groups of health care providers in the state came together to address everything related to COVID-19.

“ICU beds are the most critical need at this point on a statewide level,” said Patti Davis, president of the Oklahoma Hospital Association.

Health care leaders held a news conference and discussed infection rates, the growing COVID-19 cases and the strain it’s putting on Oklahoma hospitals, including scaling back on some surgical procedures.

“We know that staff are being redeployed from certain areas to be concentrated on COVID care,” Davis said. “We know of hospitals that are taking floors and reallocating them for COVID care to create additional capacity.”

Dr. George Monks with the Oklahoma State Medical Association stressed the need for municipal mask mandates, saying community spread continues to be a big contributor to climbing COVID-19 numbers, putting everyone, including our most vulnerable, at risk.

“Because as community spread increases, there’s a greater chance those workers can get COVID in inadvertently oh no, unknowingly transmit COVID to those residents,” Monks said.

With Pfizer and Moderna are on tap to release their vaccines within weeks. Health care workers on the front lines and the elderly are expected to be one of the first to get it.

“We know there’s a second dose that you have to have for the both of these vaccines. But we don’t know how long that will last, we don’t know if it’s going to be, sort of like a flu shot where you have to do it once a year or whether you have longer lasting immunity, I think that’s still to be determined,” Monks said.

Monks stressed that he recommends only essential trips to work, the doctor’s office and grocery story only, and of course, wear your mask wherever you go in public.

Click here to watch the full news conference.

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