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Stop the Spread: Holiday Travel Guidance

Published July 01, 2020

Dear HSC Community:

As the Independence Day weekend approaches, I hope that you will find ways to rest from your work or studies, and to restore your own mental health.

Unfortunately, as was the case on recent holidays, this 4th of July weekend will be different due to COVID-19.  In fact, we’re experiencing a second spike of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma, Texas, and many parts of the United States.  This spike is illustrated in the slide below, prepared by Dr. Dale Bratzler, our Chief COVID Officer and professor in our College of Medicine and our Hudson College of Public Health.  Rising COVID-19 infections are due in large part to community spread at small social gatherings, bars, weddings, funerals, and similar situations. 

 

7-day rolling average chart showing an increase in daily cases

 

OUHSC and OU Medicine are leaders in universal masking.  Additionally when you are away from campus, we urge you to consider wearing a mask in your communities. Your choice can make a difference in keeping you and your family safe, as well as our patients and colleagues.  Being a student, resident, staff, or faculty member of the state’s largest academic medical center brings great responsibilities, and opportunities to lead by example. 

This Independence Day, I will be accountable to wear a mask for myself, my family, each of you as my colleagues, and the vulnerable lives around us.  I encourage you to do the same and wish you a safe, enjoyable holiday weekend.

 

Sincerely, Jason

 

Jason R. Sanders, MD, MBA
Senior Vice President and Provost