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State chief medical officer fears for Oklahoma's healthcare system

Posted at 6:06 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 19:27:04-05

TULSA, Okla. — The White House coronavirus task force is not holding back when it comes to cautioning Oklahomans of our COVID-19 situation. The report released Wednesday shows the entire state covered in red, indicating a high number of cases per 100,000 residents.

According to the report, “the spread in Oklahoma is exponential and unyielding with hospitalization increasing week-over-week and reported limited bed availability increases from the past two weeks correlate with Halloween and related activities.”

The Tulsa Health Department reported five deaths and more than 620 cases since Monday.

Chief medical officer for one of Oklahoma’s largest hospitals shares a grim prediction for the state’s healthcare system.

“When you come to us with a heart attack or when you come to us and you need surgery, we won’t be able to do that. That’s unjust. We are putting our healthcare system in jeopardy,” Dr. Julie Watson, chief medical officer for INTEGRIS Health, said.

Dr. Watson said some hospitals experiencing a high volume of COVID patients may soon have to turn away non-COVID related patients. She is also stressing the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing.

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