Your Carefree Summer Ends Because COVID Cases Are Surging in Oklahoma – What Will a Return to School Look Like?

Mark Star
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OSDH reports many new Coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is reporting more than 1,000 new cases of the Coronavirus. Some days ago, the state reported a total of 1,082 new cases of the virus in a single day, bringing the total since the pandemic started in Oklahoma to 463,152.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include shortness of breath, fever, and cough. While roughly 80% of cases report mild symptoms in the state and other parts of the country, some progress into severe pneumonia and multi-organ failure and often lead to death. The State Department of Health also said there are more than 3,700 active cases of the virus. It is worth mentioning that 1,832,721 people have received at least one dose, 1,566,238 people have been fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses administered is 3,370,735.

Your Carefree Summer Ends

When the number of active cases dropped and more and more people got vaccinated, many of us came out and started enjoying our normal lives. However, those carefree days have ended because hospitalizations due to the virus have reached 18 in southwest Oklahoma, with two people in the ICU as a result.

Oklahoma Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye addressed the rise in cases some days ago.

We know that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is more contagious, and it’s spreading quickly among people who have not been vaccinated.

Dr. Frye said.

Of those who have recently been hospitalized with COVID-19, 90% represent Oklahomans who have not yet received their vaccine. Cases are particularly increasing in Oklahomans ages 18-35, which is the age group with the lowest vaccination uptake rate in the state.

He requested people who have not been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible and suggested people of Oklahoma wear masks. They must maintain a distance and wash their hands.

What Will a Return to School Look Like?

Oklahoma public schools have prepared for a 2021-22 school year. The Oklahoma State Department of Health confirms that school officials will be contacted by county health officials as part of their investigations if children attend schools while positive. Most school districts, excluding those that had four-day schedules before the pandemic, have decided to return to in-person schooling five days a week in the fall. Every district with the strict COVID-19 measures aims for a traditional reopening. Mask mandates, isolated classrooms, socially distanced desks, and hybrid school weeks have been phased out.

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