25% less COVID-19 cases at SWOSU compared to last week
By Johannes Becht
For the first time in 2021, the number of active COVID-19 cases at Southwestern Oklahoma State University is decreasing: 24 total active cases were reported by the SWOSU administration on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
16 Weatherford students were tested positive and remain quarantined, as well as 1 student from the Sayre campus plus 7 employees.
It seems like the third wave of COVID-19 cases is fading out. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, there had been 32 cases. 24 cases now means a decrease of 25%.
Looking at past spikes (see chart), it becomes obvious that this third wave was much smaller than past waves and it appears that SWOSU is likely to not experience any significant outbreaks of the coronavirus anymore - and there are three reasons for that:
First: More and more people are getting vaccinated, among them front-line workers such as first responders, health care workers and members of the National Guard and army. Also, volunteers who help with the vaccination clinic at SWOSU get vaccinated at the end of the day in order to avoid throwing away vaccines that had not been used. Some SWOSU students belong to those groups and some of them already received their second dose.
Second: A significant amount of the student body has already had COVID-19 at some point, and some develop immunity, at least for some time.
Third: Overall COVID-19 cases continue to decrease - on the national, state and local level.
However, according to Provost James South, there is still a possibility that students could go online this semester.