TULSA, Okla. — Health officials are concerned about the latest record numbers of coronavirus cases across Oklahoma.
EMSA told 2 Works for You that the Oklahoma Regional Medical Response System confirmed there are no ICU beds available in the Tulsa area.
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On Monday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported nearly 2,200 new COVID-19 cases and six additional deaths. This comes after a record breaking report of more than 4,000 cases this weekend.
Mayor G.T. Bynum released a statement regarding ICU bed capacity, later adding in a Facebook post that he would be holding a news conference on the matter at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10th.
Tonight I have been in communication with the State Department of Health, the Tulsa Health Department, and local hospital leadership. Hospitals are enacting their surge plans for managing ICU patient care on a regional basis.
Just as our health care system is a regional one, our response to fighting COVID-19 must be a regional one too. Tulsans can not fight this on our own. I again implore the state and our neighboring communities to listen to those medical professionals asking for steps to be taken that will slow the spread of this virus. Politically convenient speeches about freedom and personal responsibility are not preventing our ICUs from being maxed out.
The Tulsa City Council and I will continue to act on the guidance of local public health experts.”
Governor Kevin Stitt, Oklahoma Commissioner of Health Lance Frye, M.D. and other health care leaders are providing an update Tuesday on the state’s response to COVID-19, according to the governor's office.
The news conference is set to take place at 2 p.m. at OU Health Sciences Center.
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