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INTEGRIS Health acknowledges there has been a significant increase of new COVID-19 patients and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 over the last couple of weeks.

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INTEGRIS Health Addresses Rising COVID-19 Hospitalizations

INTEGRIS Health acknowledges there has been a significant increase of new COVID-19 patients and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 over the last couple of weeks. INTEGRIS Health hospitals currently have nearly 60 inpatients with the virus. For comparison sake, INTEGRIS officials say their highest hospitalization rate during the initial surge in March and April was 37. Hospitals across the metro are experiencing similar upticks and our neighbors to the south, just in Houston alone, are seeing 5000+ new coronavirus cases per day.

“While we aren’t seeing the alarming numbers like our cohorts in Texas, Arizona and Florida,” says David Chansolme, M.D., the medical director of infection prevention at INTEGRIS Health. “We are moving in the wrong direction.”

He urges Oklahomans to not let their guard down or take the outbreak lightly.

“The uptick was anticipated. We knew we would see a rise in cases when the state started to reopen, but that doesn’t mean we should throw all caution to the wind.”

Chansolme continues, “We need to continue to practice all the safety precautions we have been preaching since early March. Those include social distancing, staying home if you can, avoiding large crowds and gatherings, wearing a mask when you’re in public and washing your hands frequently.”

He says it’s part of the social contract we all must adhere to in order to keep everyone in our community safe. “We need to take personal responsibility for our own actions to protect the masses,” he concludes.

The same sentiment is being echoed by Anthony Fauci, M.D, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. He says the virus is not under control and we are witnessing a disturbing trend across the country. He says the time to act is now. We hold the key to our own success or failure. The action, or in-action, we take today - will influence the situation we find ourselves in tomorrow. 

 

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