Coronavirus alert system under criticism

Understanding COVID-19 alert map

-Local health experts say the state’s Coronavirus Risk Alert System is flawed.

-The map ranks each county from green to red depending on the coronavirus risk.

-The colors are based on a number of factors, including the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents.

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-Additional data, including the number of hospital/ICU beds, PPE, and ventilator availability is based on state-wide data, not regional.

-Both Dr. Bruce Dart with the Tulsa County Health Department and Dr. Dale Bratzler with OU Medical Center say the map would be more appropriate if it used regional data for the hospital bed and supplies. For example, hospital beds in the panhandle are irrelevant to those in need of beds in Green Country.

-So far, no states have reached the threshold for red, meaning high risk. The Interim State Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye says that code is reserved for counties in dire need of changes to help its health systems.

-Dr. Frye says his office is in constant communication with hospitals about their bed and PPE availability, and they have surge plans in place if needed.