Oklahoma coronavirus death toll rises by 14; more than 1,100 new positive cases – Health News Today

JASON: WELCOME BACK. 1100 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN OKLAHOMA REPORTED ON MONDAY. THE STATE’S ACTIVE CASE COUNT NOW MOVES BEYOND 12,00 HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE LATEST TRENDS IN OUR STATE AND BEYOND IS DR. DALE BRATZL , THINK YOU FOR JOINING US. LET’S START WITH WHAT IS GOI ON OU’S CAMPUS. HE TALKED ABOUT A SPINNING SURVEILLANCE TESTING. WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS AND STUDENT HOUSING IN TERMS OF RANDOM TESTING? DR. BRATZLER WE ARE DOING TWO DIFFERENT THINGS ON THE NORMAN CAMPUS. ANY STUDENT, STAFF, OR FACULTY CAN GO TO THE HEALTH CENTER ON CAMPUS AND GET A FREE TEST DONE. WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DO THAT. WE DECIDED TO DO A BIT MORE ROBUST TESTING IN HOUSING. YOU PUT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN SMALL SPACES AND DORMITORIES AND RESIDENCE HALLS. WE ARE DOING TWO THINGS. WE ARE CONTINUING TO DO SURVEILLANCE TESTING FOR COVID-19, AND THE WASTE THAT COMES OUT OF THE BUILDINGS. WE HAVE PICKED A SAMPLE OF ABOUT 25% OF THE STUDENTS THAT LIVE IN THE UNIVERSITY HOUSING. WE INVITED THEM TO COME DOWN TO GET A FREE TEST DONE AT OUR SECOND TESTING SITE ON CAMPUS TO GET A BETTER SENSE OF THE PREVALENCE OF THE DISEASE AMONG THE STUDENT BODY, PARTICULARLY THOSE LIVING IN CLOSE QUARTERS. JASON: THERE WAS A GOOD DEAL OF DISAPPOINTMENT COMING OUT OF THE GAME LAST WEEK. PEOPLE IN THE CROWD NOT WEARING MASKS. HOW WILL YOU ADDRESS THAT THIS COMING WEEKEND? IS THERE A BETTER WAY TO ENFORCE THAT? JUST TELLING PEOPLE TO PUT THEIR MASKS ON? DR. BRATZLER: THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT HAS COME UP WITH A GOOD PLAN TO TRY TO IMPROVE WHAT HAPPENED AT THE LAST GAME. PART OF IT WAS A BREAKDOWN IN COMMUNICATION BECAUSE THE STUDENT SECTION HAD BEEN MOVED. A LOT OF THE UPPERCLASSMAN CAME TO THE GAME AND DID NOT RECOGNIZE THE STUDENT SECTION HAVE BEEN MOVED. THIS TIME EACH STUDENT WILL HAVE AN ASSIGNED SEAT. THEY WILL BE WATCHING IT CLOSELY TO MAKE SURE THEY STAY IN THOSE ASSIGNED SEATS. WE HAVE MARKED UP SEATS PEOPLE CANNOT SIT IN AND THEY WILL BE SECURITY TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES SET UP IN THE STADIUM. THE GOAL IS TO KEEP PEOPLE PHYSICALLY DISTANT. THEY WILL BE SMALL GROUPS OF STUDENTS ALLOWED TO SIT TOGETHER. WE ARE TRYING TO PHYSICALLY DISTANCE AS MUCH AS WE CAN WITH ALL OF THE FANS INSIDE THE STADIUM. WE WILL BE WATCHING FOR WEARING MASKS. THEY ARE REQUIRED ANY TIME ARE ON THE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS. JASON: YOU SAID STUDENT MAY NOT COME BACK TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION UNTIL AFTER THANKSGIVING. WHY THAT TIMELINE? DR. BRATZLER: OSU HAD ALREADY ANNOUNCED THAT. WE HAVE NOT MADE THAT DECISION YET. THE PRESIDENT, THE BOARD OF REGENTS, THE OTHER LEADERSHIP ON THE NORMAN CAMPUS WILL MAKE THE FINAL DECISION ABOUT WHEN STUDENTS COME BACK. WHEN YOU HAVE A LARGE AMOUNT OR LARGE PROPORTION OF THE STUDENT BODY LEAVE THE STATE AND POTENTIALLY GO HOME, THEY COULD POTENTIALLY BECOME INFECTED. IT RAISES A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT RETESTING WHEN THEY COME BACK AFTER THE BREAK OR NOT. MANY UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY DECIDED TO GO ONLINE FOR THOSE LAST TWO…

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