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OU appoints chief COVID officer amid pandemic

Posted at 11:17 PM, Jun 08, 2020

NORMAN, Okla. — The University of Oklahoma announced Monday it appointed Dr. Dale Bratzler as the university's chief COVID officer.

Bratzler, an expert in infectious diseases and public health, will advise the administration with plans to have students return to campus, according to a news release from the university.

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OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. released the following statement:

Ever since the university began closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 virus early this year, Dr. Bratzler has been heavily involved in our decision-making and safety planning. As OU’s Chief COVID Officer, Dr. Bratzler will help to coordinate a consistent approach to our return efforts in light of the best available data about COVID-19 infection trends. His guidance will help ensure we are doing everything we can on our campuses to prevent the spread of the virus, while we carefully and thoughtfully reopen our on-campus educational programs.

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Bratzler is a professor and chair of the Department of Health Administration and Policy in the Hudson College of Public Health at OU, the release said. He is also a faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine in the OU College of Medicine.

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