OU Health Official speaks on upcoming anniversary of Oklahoma’s first COVID-19 case
OU Health Official speaks on upcoming anniversary of Oklahoma’s first COVID-19 case

OU Health Official speaks on upcoming anniversary of Oklahoma’s first COVID-19 case

This coming Sunday it is two years since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Oklahoma.

We take you on a week-long journey about how far we have come as a state and what’s next.

“If we could have predicted the day the first case of Oklahoma was announced. We would tell people that there would potentially be 1328 cases every single day and 20 Oklahomans are going to die every day for the next two years.” said Dr. Dale Bratzler of OU Health.

This virus has taken Oklahoma by storm as we enter the third year of fighting it.

Dr. Bratzler says he believes that if we could have known what COVID would be like, it would have changed the outcome.

“I remember when we had meetings about three positive cases a day and we were doing so well and our conversation was about dropping remedy,” said Dr. Bratzler.

In the final year of 2021, we welcomed vaccinations into our prevention strategies, leaving many health authorities to believe that was the answer until the Delta and Omicron variants hit the public.

Now that many believe we are past the worst, the state still sees more than 1,000 cases a day.

To break down these numbers even more, for every 24 reported cases, one person is hospitalized, and for every 70 reported cases, one death occurs.

Dr. Bratzler says that while we may be going into what people think is an endemic phase, it is difficult to know fully what it means.

“COVID-19 will not go away and we will continue to see patients get affected and we will see small outbreaks,” said Dr. Bratzler.

The conversation now two years later is how we roll back on the mitigation strategies that were launched.

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