Health & Wellness
Thursday, 31 December 2020 09:55

For the Children December 31, 2020

For the Children: A Weekly Column by Joe Dorman, CEO – OICA

“It Really Is a Wonderful Life”

Quarantining during this time of COVID-19 has provided opportunities to watch some movies that I have always wanted to see. One of those is “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

I hate to admit that it took me until I was 50 to watch and appreciate this classic. Seeing it now for the first time also was very timely with all that is facing the world.

Most of you know the story: George Bailey, played by Stewart, has so many problems that he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. Through the years, George has aspirations to moving from his small hometown and seeking a life of adventure. At first, he remains to preserve the family business, then for the love of his soulmate, Mary.

As George is about to jump from a bridge, his guardian angel, Clarence, turns the tables on him and creates a scenario where George rescues Clarence. While they are drying off, Clarence has the inspiration to show George what his family, friends, and the town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.

So, Clarence makes Bedford Falls appear as though George had never been born. George and the audience see this dark reflection of the picturesque town, transformed by Old Man Potter’s greed and desire for always more without the kind and giving George’s counterbalance. This vision, and Clarence’s explanation, reminds George of all the good he has done and inspired. The movie shows what one caring person can mean to a community and the people in it. Most importantly, it is a wonderful life George is living.

In this season, when most of us are dealing with some form of depression from isolation, economics, or fear, this movie helped me appreciate how each of us can make a difference in our communities. Simply reaching out to a lonely friend, reassuring a child who feels the strain this time is creating, or merely showing kindness to someone who hasn’t felt it could make all the difference.

It is not just George Bailey who is living a wonderful life. We see that all who give of themselves make the world better and live a wonderful life.

Thankfully, George Bailey had a guardian angel to show him the way. Many others considering suicide do not have such a savior. According to a recent article in Roll Call, the National Alliance on Mental Illness reports its HelpLine has seen a 65 percent increase in calls and emails since March.

If you are having desperate thoughts and are in Oklahoma, please dial 211 to visit someone who can assist you. Suicide should never be an option because, like George Bailey, each of us has made a positive difference in others’ lives, at some level. When reflecting, look at the good you have done and realize the more you do, the better the return.

In the final scene, we see George’s friends coming to his rescue as all the good he had done returned to him. We do not know what tomorrow, or 2021, may bring; but, we do know that whatever may come, we can endure it better if we all help one another. Happy New Year, and may the blessings of peace and prosperity be yours.

Wednesday, 30 December 2020 16:19

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19 December 30, 2020

OSDH Advisory

As of this advisory, there are 287,030 cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. 

3,249 is today's 7-day rolling average for the number of new cases reported.

There are 48 additional deaths identified to report.

  • One in Beckham County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Canadian County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Ten in Cleveland County, two females in the 36-49 age group, one female in the 50-64 age group, one female in the 65 or older age, one male in the 36-49 age group, two males in the 50-64 age group, three males in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Comanche County, one female in the 50-64 age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Craig County, two males in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Hughes County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Logan County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Mayes County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in McClain County, one female in the 50-64 age group.
  • Two in McIntosh County, two females in the 65 or older age group.
  • Three in Oklahoma County, one female in the 36-49 age group, one female in the 50-64 age group, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Okmulgee County, one male in the 36-49 age group.
  • One in Osage County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Pawnee County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Payne County, one male in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Tillman County, one male in the 50-64 age group.
  • Sixteen in Tulsa County, one female in the 50-64 age group, seven females in the 65 or older age group, eight males in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Wagoner County, one male in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Washington County, one male in the 65 or older age group.

There are 2,453 total deaths in the state.

Additional hospitalization data can be found in the Hospital Tiers report, published evenings Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit https://oklahoma.gov/covid19.html.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Cases

287,030

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date

2,362,344

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date

2,650,724

Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations

1,742

Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations

174

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

16,812

Total Cumulative Deaths

2,453

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. As a result, counts are subject to change. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. 

***The purpose of publishing aggregated statistical COVID-19 data through the OSDH Dashboard, the Executive Order Report, and the Weekly Epidemiology and Surveillance Report is to support the needs of the general public in receiving important and necessary information regarding the state of the health and safety of the citizens of Oklahoma. These resources may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be used in any way that would determine the identity of any reported cases.

Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-12-30 at 7:00 a.m.

Detailed case statistics are published on the website. Click here for more information.

DOD Press Release

U.S. Army Medical Center Selected by Novavax to Participate in Phase 3 Clinical Trial

Operation Warp Speed (OWS) continues to accelerate development of safe and effective vaccines by supporting multiple candidates. In line with this unprecedented effort, Womack Army Medical Center, is the latest Department of Defense (DOD) location to join Phase 3 SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trials. This location has been identified to participate in the Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of the Novavax vaccine candidate NVX-CoV2373. 

The Phase 3 clinical trial design is harmonized with those of other leading companies and calls for the enrollment of up to 30,000 participants in the U.S. and Mexico. This clinical trial expects to include proportional representation among diverse populations most vulnerable to COVID-19 distributed across race/ethnicity, age and those living with co-morbidities. Participants will randomly receive either the investigational vaccine or placebo in two doses, 21 days apart. Two-thirds of volunteers will receive the investigational vaccine and one-third will receive the placebo.

“‘We are extraordinarily appreciative of volunteers who are willing to roll up their sleeves and help fight this pandemic,” said Dr. Matt Hepburn, the vaccine development lead for Operation Warp Speed. “That same spirit of volunteerism is the foundation of military service.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer to participate in any OWS Phase 3 vaccine or monoclonal antibody prevention trial should visit www.CoronavirusPreventionNetwork.org, click on “Volunteer Now” and complete the survey. Once the survey is completed, local study site coordinators will contact Military Health System beneficiary volunteers in their area who are a good match for participation in the study. 

To assist in the screening process for the DOD locations, each site is assigned a site code that should be entered during the process. Military Health System beneficiaries can also contact the site team directly.  For the Novavax clinical trial location the Coronavirus Prevention Network (CoVPN) site code for Womack Army Medical Center is WAMC.  Military Health System beneficiaries interested in participating can also contact the site team directly at  or 253-316-3436. 

“We greatly appreciate the effort and expertise of the DOD clinical teams in implementing the clinical research at the highest ethical and quality standards”, added Hepburn. “These clinical trials are essential in assessing these vaccines which are our best hope to end this pandemic.”

Womack (located on Fort Bragg, North Carolina) joins the five DOD facilities supporting the AstraZeneca Phase 3 trial, which is currently enrolling study participants in the United States. The codes and contact information for those locations are:

  • Naval Medical Center San Diego, California – 253-341-5328 or 253-341-6007; ; (CoVPN Site Code: NMSD)
  • Brooke Army Medical Center – 253-924-9458; ; (CoVPN Site Code: BAMC)
  • Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center – 253-341-6170; ; (CoVPN Site Code: WHMC)
  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center – 253-341-6542; ; (CoVPN Site Code: WRMC)
  • Fort Belvoir Community Hospital – 253-341-5163; ; (CoVPN Site Code: FBCH)

To ensure that the vaccines work to protect those at greatest risk, participation by people from communities that are hardest hit is critical. The studies are seeking participants who are at an increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, which may include:

  • Working in an essential job, such as healthcare professions, emergency response personnel, grocery workers, meat-packing plants, restaurant staff, public transit, etc.
  • Living in densely populated residential environments
  • Living or working in congregated living facilities, such as correctional facilities or nursing homes
  • A member of a community that has been hardest hit by this pandemic, such as older persons, persons with underlying health conditions, and racial/ethnic groups, such as African Americans, Latino, and Native American populations.

OWS is an U.S. government, interagency endeavor that is focused on delivering 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 and is part of a broader strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics (countermeasures) for the virus.

Direct support for this effort is provided by the U.S. Department of Defense's (DOD) Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) in coordination with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (OASD(HA))and the Defense Health Agency (DHA).

Tuesday, 29 December 2020 11:21

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19 December 29, 2020

OSDH Advisory

As of this advisory, there are 283,781 cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. 

2,594 is today's 7-day rolling average for the number of new cases reported.

There are 22 additional deaths identified to report.

  • Two in Cleveland County, one female in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Creek County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Garfield County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Grady County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Kay County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Love County, one female in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in McClain County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in McCurtain County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Eight in Oklahoma County, three females in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 18-35 age group, one male in the 50-64 age group, three males in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Pontotoc County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Three in Tulsa County, one female in the 65 or older age group, two males in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Woods County, one female in the 65 or older age group.

There are 2,405 total deaths in the state.

Additional hospitalization data can be found in the Hospital Tiers report, published evenings Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit https://oklahoma.gov/covid19.html.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Cases

283,781

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date

2,335,909

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date

2,618,975

Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations

1,752

Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations

175

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

16,426

Total Cumulative Deaths

2,405

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. As a result, counts are subject to change. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. 

***The purpose of publishing aggregated statistical COVID-19 data through the OSDH Dashboard, the Executive Order Report, and the Weekly Epidemiology and Surveillance Report is to support the needs of the general public in receiving important and necessary information regarding the state of the health and safety of the citizens of Oklahoma. These resources may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be used in any way that would determine the identity of any reported cases.

Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-12-29 at 7:00 a.m.

Detailed case statistics are published on the website. Click here for more information.

Monday, 28 December 2020 11:12

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19 December 28, 2020

OSDH Advisory
  • As of this advisory, there are 282,587 cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. 
  • 2,736 is today's 7-day rolling average for the number of new cases reported.
  • There are 13 additional deaths identified to report.
    • One in Adair County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
    • One in Canadian County, one male in the 36-49 age group.
    • One in Cleveland County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
    • One in Comanche County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
    • One in Johnston County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
    • One in McClain County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
    • Two in Noble County, two females in the 65 or older age group.
    • One in Oklahoma County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
    • One in Pontotoc County, one male in the 50-64 age group.
    • One in Pottawatomie County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
    • One in Tulsa County, one male in the 50-64 age group.
    • One in Washington County, one female in the 65 or older age group.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Cases 282,587
*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date (As of 12/24/20) 2,314,672
*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date (As of 12/24/20) 2,591,908
Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations (As of 12/24/20) 1,619
Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations (As of 12/24/20) 110
Total Cumulative Hospitalizations 16,336
Total Cumulative Deaths 2,383

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. As a result, counts are subject to change. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. 

***The purpose of publishing aggregated statistical COVID-19 data through the OSDH Dashboard, the Executive Order Report, and the Weekly Epidemiology and Surveillance Report is to support the needs of the general public in receiving important and necessary information regarding the state of the health and safety of the citizens of Oklahoma. These resources may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be used in any way that would determine the identity of any reported cases.

Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-12-28 at 7:00 a.m.


Detailed case statistics are published on the website. Click here for more information.

OSDH Advisory

The COVID-19 numbers reported today are from Dec. 26 and 27th.

As of this advisory, there are 279,139 cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. 

Dec. 26th:

2,458 Cases

  • Reporting zero deaths
  • 3,300 7-day rolling average
  • 45,630 14-day rolling average
  • 11,473 Specimens reported

December 27th:

173 Cases

  • 13 Deaths
  • 2,614 7-day rolling average
  • 41,471 14-day rolling average
  • 4,052 Specimens reported

There are 13 additional deaths identified to report.

  • One in Ellis County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Kiowa County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Lincoln County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Love County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • Four in Oklahoma County, one female in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 36-49 age group, one male in the 50-64 age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Pawnee County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Rogers County, one male in the36-49 age group.
  • One in Seminole County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Tulsa County, one male in the 36-49 age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.

There are 2,370 total deaths in the state.

Additional hospitalization data can be found in the Hospital Tiers report, published evenings Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit https://oklahoma.gov/covid19.html.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Cases

279,139

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date (As of 12/24/20)

2,314,672

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date (As of 12/24/20)

2,591,908

Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations (As of 12/24/20)

1,619

Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations (As of 12/24/20)

110

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

16,289

Total Cumulative Deaths

2,370

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. As a result, counts are subject to change. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. 

***The purpose of publishing aggregated statistical COVID-19 data through the OSDH Dashboard, the Executive Order Report, and the Weekly Epidemiology and Surveillance Report is to support the needs of the general public in receiving important and necessary information regarding the state of the health and safety of the citizens of Oklahoma. These resources may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be used in any way that would determine the identity of any reported cases.

Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-12-27 at 7:00 a.m.

Detailed case statistics are published on the website. Click here for more information.

Saturday, 26 December 2020 17:25

Weekly Epidemiology Report December 26, 2020

OSDH Press Release

The weekly Oklahoma COVID-19 Weekly Report for Dec. 18-24th is now available.

Oklahoma’s current trend with new positive cases continues to reflect community transmission, which can be reduced by keeping 6 feet of physical distance from others, wearing face coverings when around individuals from outside the household, avoiding touching your face, and regular hand-washing.

Oklahoma currently ranks 24th in the number of total reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and 16th in the cumulative incidence (per 100,000 persons) of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

It is critical for Oklahomans to seek out testing, with or without symptoms. Diagnostic testing is freely available to all Oklahomans, and we continue to improve our ability to find and diagnose COVID-19 cases through our contact tracing efforts. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, a public health worker may try to contact you; the need to adhere to instructions to quarantine and isolate remain critically important.

Reports from weeks past can be found here.

For more information, visit Oklahoma.gov/COVID19.

OSDH Weekly Epidemiology Report

report

Saturday, 26 December 2020 12:25

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19 December 26, 2020

OSDH Advisory

The COVID-19 numbers reported today are those that would have been reported Dec. 25. Tomorrow, the numbers from Dec. 26 and 27 will post to catch up from the holiday.

As of this advisory, there are 276,508 cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. 

3,535 is today's 7-day rolling average for the number of new cases reported.

There are 29 additional deaths identified to report.

  • One in Beckham County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Carter County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Cleveland County, one male in the 50-64 age group.
  • Two in Creek County, two males in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Custer County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Delaware County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Johnston County, two females in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Love County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in McClain County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Murray County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Three in Oklahoma County, one female in the 65 or older age group, two males in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Osage County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Ottawa County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Payne County, one male in the 50-64 age group.
  • Three in Pontotoc County, one female in the 50-64 age group, one female in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Six in Tulsa County, three females in the 65 or older age group, three males in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Washington County, one female in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 50-64 age group.

There are 2,357 total deaths in the state.

Additional hospitalization data can be found in the Hospital Tiers report, published evenings Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit https://oklahoma.gov/covid19.html.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Cases

276,508

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date (As of 12/24/20)

2,314,672

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date (As of 12/24/20)

2,591,908

Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations (As of 12/24/20)

1,619

Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations (As of 12/24/20)

110

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

16,122

Total Cumulative Deaths

2,357

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. As a result, counts are subject to change. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. 

***The purpose of publishing aggregated statistical COVID-19 data through the OSDH Dashboard, the Executive Order Report, and the Weekly Epidemiology and Surveillance Report is to support the needs of the general public in receiving important and necessary information regarding the state of the health and safety of the citizens of Oklahoma. These resources may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be used in any way that would determine the identity of any reported cases.

Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-12-26 at 7:00 a.m.

Detailed case statistics are published on the website. Click here for more information.

Thursday, 24 December 2020 11:21

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19 December 24, 2020

OSDH Advisory

The Oklahoma State Department of Health will not be reporting data on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, out of respect for our personnel who have worked tirelessly throughout the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to allow these employees to enjoy the holiday with family. The reporting cadence over the next few weeks is outlined here, and will follow the same protocol as the Thanksgiving reports.

As of this advisory, there are 272,553 cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. 

3,478 is today's 7-day rolling average for the number of new cases reported.

There are 45 additional deaths identified to report.

  • One in Alfalfa County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Bryan County, two females in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Canadian County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • Three in Cleveland County, three males in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Comanche County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Custer County, two males in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Jefferson County, one female in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Johnston County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Kingfisher County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Latimer County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Le Flore County, one female in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Lincoln County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Love County, two females in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in McClain County, one female in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Murray County, one male in the 50-64 age group.
  • Seven in Oklahoma County, one female in the 50-64 age group, three females in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 50-64 age group, two males in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Ottawa County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Pontotoc County, one female in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Three in Pottawatomie County, one female in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 50-64 age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Seminole County, one male in the 50-64 age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Stephens County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • Six in Tulsa County, two females in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 18-35 age group, one male in the 50-64 age group, two males in the 65 or older age group
  • One in Wagoner County, one male in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Washington County, one female in the 36-49 age group.

There are 2,328 total deaths in the state.

Additional hospitalization data can be found in the Hospital Tiers report, published evenings Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit https://oklahoma.gov/covid19.html.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Cases

272,553

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date

2,296,331

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date

2,570,120

Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations

1,684

Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations

152

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

15,912

Total Cumulative Deaths

2,328

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. As a result, counts are subject to change. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. 

***The purpose of publishing aggregated statistical COVID-19 data through the OSDH Dashboard, the Executive Order Report, and the Weekly Epidemiology and Surveillance Report is to support the needs of the general public in receiving important and necessary information regarding the state of the health and safety of the citizens of Oklahoma. These resources may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be used in any way that would determine the identity of any reported cases.

Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-12-24 at 7:00 a.m.

Detailed case statistics are published on the website. Click here for more information.