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Grady County health officials issue dire warning after surge in COVID cases

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GRADY COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – Grady County health officials are issuing a dire warning after seeing a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Grady Memorial CEO Warren Spellman said: “We had a very exhausted staff, a very thin staff, and it was like a perfect storm. “We are seeing high Omicron counts in cities like Tulsa, Oklahoma City. So we have to speculate on what the percentage is here in rural America. “

Hospital posted a message on Facebook warned residents that if COVID cases continued to soar, hospitals would not have enough nurses and doctors.

Although cases are on the rise, state health officials told KFOR the state has not seen the increase other areas of the country have experienced with Omicron.

“We have a lot of beds, but the bed wouldn’t be good for you without a nurse to take care of you.”

That’s why Spellman wants residents to consider getting vaccinated. Oklahoma state health officials have confirmed the presence of a highly contagious variant of COVID – Omicron.

“I don’t think we’ve seen the worst in a while. I think it’s very likely,” said Dr. Dale Bratzler. “The omicron variant is spreading so fast, we’ll probably get through it very quickly.”

According to Spellman, western Oklahoma has a vaccination rate of 43 percent.

While the data has not demonstrated how Omicron will affect the unvaccinated, health officials believe it is the best defense to stem this increase.

“The vaccination, although it’s not perfect, it’s the best defense we have.”

https://kfor.com/news/local/grady-county-health-officials-put-out-dire-warning-after-increase-in-covid-cases/ Grady County health officials issue dire warning after surge in COVID cases

JACLYN DIAZ

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