Oklahoma Running Out Of Pediatric Hospital Beds As Delta Cases Rise
Some pediatric ICU patients in the state have been sent to Texas due to the coronavirus, staffing shortages and another respiratory illness.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported a total of 1,777 new COVID-19 cases on Friday for all ages, with both hospitalizations and deaths on the rise.
“It is the perfect storm, and we can prevent this,” Dr. Mary Clarke, head of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, said of the overwhelmed hospitals.
She told Fox that her small Stillwater Medical Center had a total of five COVID-19 patients last Friday, 11 on Monday, 16 on Tuesday and 18 on Wednesday.
“We have high bed numbers on top of increased COVID, primarily delta. And that is stressing everyone to capacity,” she said.
Clarke said the only immediate action to take to keep a dire situation from getting worse is to vaccinate people against COVID-19.
And AT THE SAME TIME the Oklahoma GOP is comparing vaccine mandates to the holocaust….
The post on the party’s official Facebook page urged people to call the lieutenant governor and ask him to call a special session to prohibit employers from requiring their employees to get vaccinated. It featured a picture of a yellow Star of David with the word “unvaccinated” on it and said: “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
Roberta Clark, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, called the post “highly inappropriate” and urged party officials to apologize.
“To compare the actions taken by Nazi Germany to a public health discussion is ill-informed and inappropriate,” Clark said. “An apology is really appropriate, and it shows leadership and sensitivity to the harmful impact this has made.”
John Bennett, the party’s new chairman, didn’t immediately respond to a phone message left at the party’s headquarters seeking comment.
Last month, Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, of Georgia, apologized for comments she made comparing the required wearing of safety masks in the House to the horrors of the Holocaust.
It’s not the first time the state party, or Bennett, has faced criticism for posts on Facebook.
In 2015, then-Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Randy Brogdon apologized for a post that likened food stamps to feeding wild animals.
The following year, Bennett, then a state lawmaker, posted a news story on Facebook critical of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and added the comment, “2 words … firing squad.”
At the time, Bennett defended the comments as “sarcasm,” and said he wouldn’t wish death upon anyone or encourage violence toward any candidate.