Order gives Oklahoma hospitals flexibility for COVID-19 care

The Associated Press - August 14, 2021 7:35 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s health commissioner says an emergency rule approved by Gov. Kevin Stitt will allow Oklahoma hospitals to expand areas for treating COVID-19 patients. Dr. Lance Frye said on Friday that the rule allows the use of areas such as conference rooms for patient rooms, but is not an emergency order that would allow schools to issue mask mandates.

Oklahoma City school Superintendent Sean McDaniel said earlier on Friday that the district will require students and staff to wear masks starting next week, but with opt-out provision for religious, medical, or approved personal objection reasons. The district will also pay a $1,000 stiped to school employees with proof of being fully vaccinated by November 15th.


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