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Holt: COVID-19 hospitalization as subway surges

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As the US hits a record for new COVID-19 infections, health experts in Oklahoma are warning people to be cautious about the spreading virus.

In the country, the number of new cases per day has more than doubled in the past two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins University.

On Wednesday, data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health showed that the state has There have been 700,798 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oklahoma has seen 12,405 deaths as of Wednesday.

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said that the city is also experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases.

“This is a very contagious version of this virus. The good news is that if you’ve had the vaccine, it’s unlikely you’ll have a mild reaction. So this is another chapter of the pandemic. Everyone is a little different, and in this chapter on Oklahoma City’s pandemic experience, we’re more vaccinated than we’ve ever been. We’re still above the national average and well above the state average for immunizations in the Oklahoma City area here. So that means you know, it’s hard to track case data like we used to because so many people have been vaccinated and have had a mild reaction, even though they’ve had the disease,” Holt said.

Therefore, he said that he has been paying close attention to COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the subway.

“They are escalating, just to show that even with a high level of vaccination, it is still so contagious to unvaccinated people that we see the same increase in hospitalizations as before. That comes mainly from the unvaccinated population,” he said.

In Oklahoma City, Holt said there are about 300 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. He says that’s double the number of hospitalizations that occur after delta drops.

Before the delta variant appeared, Oklahoma City had fewer than 100 patients with the virus in the hospital. At the height of the pandemic, OKC recorded 700 COVID-19 related hospitalizations.

“We don’t like our direction so again, I encourage everyone to take the first shot, to have the second shot. When I look at the vaccination statistics, the number of people who got the first shot but not the second shot is negligible. So get a second shot or booster if you’re six months past your second shot,” he says.

If you have not received your COVID-19 vaccine, you can always schedule an appointment online.

“When you bet on not getting vaccinated, you usually lose. So we encourage those who have made that bet to go ahead and go the other way now,” Holt added.

https://kfor.com/news/local/holt-covid-19-hospitalizations-on-the-rise-in-the-metro/ Holt: COVID-19 hospitalization as subway surges

JACLYN DIAZ

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