7 things Oklahoma is doing to reduce COVID-19 numbers

With Oklahoma experiencing the two largest daily increases in positive COVID-19 cases as of yet this week, it’s easy to blame our state’s government for the lack of response and poor leadership in handling the crisis. Many are quick to attribute the rise in cases to the state’s quick reopening plan and refusal to mandate masks in public places. But contrary to popular belief, our esteemed leaders are actually working very hard in their response to the crisis. In fact, here are 7 things the Oklahoma government is doing to reduce COVID-19 numbers!

Ignoring COVID-19 Numbers

They say ignorance is bliss. If Oklahoma’s esteemed government officials simply ignore the pleading of health officials and rapidly increasing cases by continuing to loosen restrictions and neglect to mandate mask wearing in public, then it can’t be a problem, right? Like a taxidermied canary in a coal mine, as long as asymptomatic Oklahomans across the state can blissfully spread COVID-19 consume 236% of their daily value of sodium in canned queso from the comfort of their own chain restaurant without breaking any government mandates, then we’re doing OK, Oklahoma.

Inviting an “Expert” to Oklahoma

Last month, Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum joined forces with Governor Kevin Stitt to welcome our esteemed President Donald Trump to T-Town for a campaign rally. While addressing the crowd, Trump reminded Oklahomans that if we simply “slow down” testing for COVID-19, the numbers will eventually go down. Can’t argue with that logic. I am glad our state’s leaders gave this message an amplifying platform.

 

Decreasing Hospitalizations

In May, the state of Oklahoma terminated its contract with Integris Hospital, which would have accepted surges of COVID-19 patients in case of increasing numbers. I guess you can’t have an increase in COVID-19 related hospitalizations if there are no hospitals to treat them!

 

Decreasing People Seeking COVID-Related Treatment

Fun fact! Being that health insurance is often tied to employment, when you lose your job you typically lose your coverage as well. And being that hundreds of are unsuccessfully seeking unemployment, many Oklahomans can’t afford basic needs like food and housing, let alone out-of-pocketing healthcare. But I guess our government isn’t worried about Oklahomans not being able to afford treatment, because you can’t spread COVID-19 if you’re dead.

 

Suggesting Masks

Earlier this month, Stitt suggested Oklahomans wear a mask when going into public places. But don’t worry, it’s still a “personal preference.” So, Oklahomans can go ahead and spew their saliva –freely and without the horrendous hindrance of a mask– as God intended.

 

Opening Churches Early

Oklahoma churches were allowed to hold in-person services as early as May 1st. Thank God! If they aren’t open, how on earth can institutions like LifeChurch pray for the health of the state**?

**implement plans to encourage “givers” to continue tithing despite potential COVID-19-related financial hardship while also receiving millions of dollars in PPP assistance

 

Making Sure Poor Leaders Don’t Get Re-Elected

By how our esteemed governor and many mayors are handling the COVID-19 crisis in this state, we can only hope they are at least hurting their chances for re-election.

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  1. That first picture!🤣


  2. Good list. It’s almost as if our leaders’ advice is exactly opposite of what common sense whispers to us and science shouts to us. Imagine that!

    Did I say “almost”?

    The actual number of hospitalizations is still increasing, but the percentage of cases being hospitalized is falling. Good news? Not exactly. More younger people are getting infected in crowded re-opened bars and restaurants, and they tend to be healthier and better able to fight off the virus. Meanwhile, they infect Mom, Dad, Grandma….


  3. “Deaths typically lag several weeks behind infections and hospitalizations, experts note. That means that the widespread socializing that occurred when the governors of Texas, Florida, Arizona and other states began loosening restrictions in the spring is only now starting to be reflected in death rates.

    “The problem is that many people do not understand or recognize the time delay and do not attribute the hospitalization and deaths to a specific time and event where little social distancing and little masking is happening,” said Dr. Manoj Jain, an infectious disease physician who is advising the mayor of Memphis, Tenn., on coronavirus. –
    Noam N. Levey
    LA Times•July 9, 2020

    let’s see… what else happened late last Spring around the end of May.
    oh yea – peaceful desecration of the Murrah Bombing Memorial and friendly destruction of neighbors’ property…that could possibly, maybe, likely explain some of the spike we’re seeing in Oklahoma.
    they must have all been self-centered hate-filled conservatives though since they weren’t wearing masks. That’s how you can tell a person’s political affiliation. That’s what I read on TLO anyways. damn their selfishness!


    1. Blaming opening businesses on the recent covid spike and giving the tens of thousands of protestors crammed together is the equivalent of smoking two packs a day for 40 years and then blaming their lung cancer on visiting LA one time and breathing smog.

      Sure the smog didn’t help but you have cancer because you smoke. it’s just an attempt to put blame on someone else so you aren’t accountable for your own behavior. Same with the protestors and their supporters. They obviously were a leading cause of this recent spike, but since we like them we will blame anything else we can come up with. No one wants to take responsibility for their actions even when the kill people.


    2. I’m sure the protests and the Trump rally are going to cause some spiking, but businesses opening early (and people ignoring safety guidelines when going due to feeling that everything was over) would logically just be a much, much bigger cause.

      Way more people went out when the state reopened then went to rallies or protests, way more.


      1. Also, I should note, the best social experiment that we have had regarding shutdowns is Sweden. In Sweden, they didn’t shut down anything, just instead offering guidelines for how people should act and trusting people to act in a way that would limit the spread.

        They have suffered 6x as many deaths per capita as neighboring Denmark. Their economy is set to contract 4.5% (compared to Denmark’s 4.1%) and unemployment is at 9%, compared to Denmark’s 5%. In short, more deaths and no real boost to the economy compared to one of their nearest neighbors, and the results don’t fare well when compared to other countries.

        So while it’s easy to say “it’s all the protests, businesses didn’t cause it!” we do have a real world example where an “open economy” has lead to not only a spike in deaths compared to a “closed economy” but didn’t even receive any economic benefit to opening. Of course, every country has it’s own unique quirks in how they responded, but we have the best evidence we can have for how effective shutdowns are.


  4. Skeerd of a little bitty bug? Move to Moore cause it must not be here since nobody wears masks inside our city limits.


    1. It’s EVERY WHERE!!!!!


    2. This could not be
      More true. I refuse to shop anywhere in Moore. I drive to Norman for everything


    3. I live in Moore. My family and I mask up.


  5. Wow the Lifechurch “lapsed giver strategy” page was a fun wormhole. Thanks for that. Should I ever need to solicit money I will go back to that page for tips! So weird how it reads like a sales pitch manual.


    1. When religion morphs into a business, it’s all about marketing.

      About the product… not so much.


    2. Pass the plate for baby Jesus!


  6. Kevin should have suggested that maybe all his gopers should slow down on threatening to kick ass on anyone they see wearing a mask.
    It’s concerning when the risk factor of wearing a mask and getting assaulted is becoming fairly close to not wearing a mask and catching COVID.
    donald would be proud.


  7. We don’t need to do nuthin’ to bring those numbers down, we’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma, we’re almost all yellow ‘cordin to some chart-thingy they showed tonight, and that’s a fur-piece from red, oh wait, we’re not all red, dammit, why not, what idjits have been votin’ Democrat?!?!?


  8. At least there’s a PLAN!!! https://www.facebook.com/amy.jarrett.96/videos/10219569858054277/


  9. On a high note, Jethro has been so horrible that Mary Fallin doesn’t look nearly as bad as she did. Bring the motorcycle and travel trailer back to the Governors mansion!


    1. I respectfully disagree. Fallin still looks just as awful, although Stitt may be even worse. Give him time. He has only been in office for 18 months to Fallin’s eight years.

      This morning I heard Stitt say on the radio that he wouldn’t “take away our freedoms” by mandating the wearing of face masks. Instead he wants us all to show personal responsibility, as he did with his boys in that crowded restaurant. Oklahomans and personal responsibility? Yeah, I can see that.

      The Fallin/Stitt question is like saying that Trump makes Nixon look good. No, he doesn’t – although Trump does make me miss George W. Bush. At least Trump hasn’t gotten us into a stupid war… yet. October surprise?


  10. The lack of understanding from our Governor is mind blowing. So what is the magic number of deaths, hospitalizations or cases that it will take to mandate mask wearing?
    The ignorance of this man in ignoring the spread of this virus is unacceptable. I would like to see one day where this state has some sort of real leader instead of people with their nose up someone’s ass for future political ambitions. This guy is cluless!


  11. Just returned from working in North West Arkansas, mandatory mask ordinance in full effect. It was really nice to see people just being sensible and wearing masks. Stopped by 7-11 nearest my house before getting home and got an attempted lecture from some fat inbred redneck who looked like he never passed up a six pack or a moon pie bc I wore a mask onto the store. But according to that heel masks dont work and I’m just being controlled by the government. Welcome home. Why does it seem to be the dumbest most uneducated idiots get the most traction here? Oh yeah, GOP fox news voters. So we have an elected spineless mayor and governor to afraid to ask people to do what is right bc they’re afraid to lose that position of power and we’ve made a pandemic political. Imagine that!


  12. I could have graduated Magna Cum Laude if they wouldn’t have tested me in college.


  13. Stitt will only follow the orders of Trump. Stitt is nothing but a puppet, just like the governor of Florida. I think Stitt is afraid of Trump . Stitt has never taken covid 10 seriously.

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