COVID-19 surge reported in Green Country, doctors warn Tulsans

TULSA, Okla. — COVID-19 cases are climbing again in Green Country, as more medical systems report hospitalizations.

Health professionals are reminding Tulsans that the threat of COVID-19 isn’t over.

“Anything and everything we can to really not get to the point it’s been in the past, get your vaccine, make sure you do everything you can to prevent the spread, take care of yourself your loved ones, we all need to do it together,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Reetu Singh with Saint Francis Health System.

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While numbers will fluctuate, Saint Francis is currently reporting 87 patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19.

“Just last week we were at about 55 and now we’re up to 87. 66% of those patients are not vaccinated,” said Dr. Singh.

Of those numbers, one includes a pediatric case. Two patients are severe enough to need a ventilator.

“A lot of the patients we are seeing are really dehydrated, extremely weak, and lot of GI symptoms,” said Dr. Singh.

Doctors say the uptick is caused by people considering masks as an option, and people aren’t social distancing.

“We’ve done this before. We’ve seen peaks after holiday weekends. We want to tell people to go back to your basics. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water,” said Dr. Singh.

Bottom line is we’re not immune to the subvariants. Dr. Singh is hopeful by fall there will be more protection.

“We’re hoping to have our booster dose that will cover our strain we’re fighting right now and omicron. We definitely need to be on the forefront of that,” said Dr. Singh.

With vaccinations easily accessible, medical professionals are encouraging people to get their COVID-19 vaccines.