Substantial COVID-19 surge projected in Oklahoma due to holidays, insufficient testing

BY COREY JONES
Tulsa World
01/03/2021 12:00 PM
Reprinted with permission
Oklahoma is likely to be “really challenged” by COVID-19 during a “substantial surge” in the coming few weeks because of insufficient testing, extensive holiday travel and family gatherings.

Dr. Dale Bratzler, OU’s chief COVID officer, delivered a grim outlook Tuesday during virtual news conference hosted by Healthier Oklahoma Coalition.

Bratzler noted that testing supply chain shortages, labs exhausting CARES Act funding, and process lags from the holiday season have artificially depressed daily confirmed coronavirus cases.

He said the state’s “very, very high” positivity rate – 1 in 4 Oklahomans who are tested are positive, according to MyHealth Access Network data – indicates the reported cases are “dramatically lower” than actual infections because mild or asymptomatic people aren’t getting tested or contact traced to slow the spread.

Bratzler expects testing to ramp up again in the new year, but that won’t be the only reason for rising numbers. Record travel during the pandemic for Christmas and family gatherings will drive the trajectory upward, he said.

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