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Oklahoma Health Experts Warn Of 'Extremely Critical' Time For Rising COVID Hospitalizations

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Oklahoma's coronavirus cases and positivity rate are again on the rise and health experts are again ringing alarm bells about hospitalizations.

Hospitals are nearing the point that will require them to ration care, and health experts are urging Oklahomans to ramp up safety precautions.

"As the positivity rate goes up, hospitalizations follow," said Oklahoma Hospital Association president Patti Davis in a briefing with the Healthier Oklahoma coalition on Tuesday.

She noted that the state’s positivity is at an all-time high.

"The next 30 to 45 days are going to be extremely critical in Oklahoma," said Davis.

The Oklahoman reported Friday that the INTEGRIS Health medical system was creating a plan for a crisis standard of care. That designation means the hospital is too overextended, and it will have to ration care to those most likely to survive.

Davis said INTEGRIS isn’t alone in having to prepare for that situation if hospitalizations continue their upward trend.


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Catherine Sweeney was StateImpact Oklahoma's health reporter from 2020 to 2023.
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