Oklahoma State Department of Health Heads into Endemic Phase of Pandemic – FOX23 News

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TULSA, Okla. – Oklahoma State is preparing to move into the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced it was pausing its daily updates as it began to head into the endemic phase of the pandemic.

This after more than 14,700 people in Oklahoma died from Covid-19.

Two years ago this past weekend, the first case of covid-19 was confirmed in Oklahoma. Over the past 24 months, the state Department of Health Statistics has recorded more than one million confirmed cases in Oklahoma. But with cases down 95%, the Oklahoma State Department of Health says it’s starting to head into the endemic phase of the pandemic. sot full super: jan fox/deputy commissioner health readiness, ok state department. “We’re saying the pandemic is heading into this more manageable, more predictable phase of the pandemic,” said Jan Fox, deputy commissioner for health preparedness for the Oklahoma state health department. While Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are down in Oklahoma, another variant is still causing concern. “The big unknown,” said Dr. Dale Bratzler, Covid director for the University of Oklahoma, “will there be a variant, another variant, in a part of the world that is heavily under -vaccinated, where mutations occur rapidly.” Bratzler points out that Oklahoma has been here before. In June of last year, Oklahoma dropped to three cases per 100,000 people a day before Delta struck. As for when Oklahoma enters an endemic phase, Dr. Bratzler had this to say: “I don’t know if any of us know exactly,” he noted, “how to make that decision. that we’re starting to call it endemic”.

Dr. Bratzler says endemic disease is disease that is stable in the population – and while continued cases are expected, you don’t expect to see large outbreaks or excess deaths.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health will continue to release data, but on a weekly rather than daily basis going forward.

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