After having a week free from COVID cases, CCMH has seen a slight increase in admitted patients testing positive for COVID. However, our amazing team members are continuing to provide safe and compassionate care for all patients. There is concern from the CDC and Oklahoma State Health Department regarding spread of the “Delta Variant” of COVID-19 across the United States, particularly in areas where vaccination rates are low. Per our Infectious Disease Physician, Dr. Mada, “Top symptoms of Delta variant infection are headache, followed by runny nose and sore throat, while fever and cough were less common; loss of smell was not in the top ten. Most cases were in young people who had not yet been vaccinated, and that variant appeared to be far more transmissible with every person infecting several others.”
With this in mind, we want to continue to encourage all team members to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Dr. Mada goes on to say that the Pfizer vaccine has been shown to be 88% effective at preventing symptomatic infection of the Delta Variant. We also encourage our team members to vaccinate their loved ones who are eligible to receive vaccination. Oklahoma currently ranks 41st in percent of population vaccinated. Due to this low vaccination rate, we are more likely to see increased spread of the Delta variant over the coming months. If you would like to request a vaccine, please contact the pharmacy at: firstname.lastname@example.org.