• Johannes Becht

No changes to last week: Only 1 active COVID-19 case at SWOSU

Updated: Apr 6

By Johannes Becht

News Editor

Good news from the SWOSU campus: Only 1 employee is currently infected with COVID-19. The number was announced by the SWOSU administration on Tuesday, March 23. This marks no changes compared to last week.

Since COVID numbers dropped to 5 on Feb. 23, they did not reach that level again. After that, 3, 0, 1 and now 1 case again were reported by SWOSU.

There is a high chance that everything will return to normal soon. It is not a question if, but when the mask mandate will be lifted. If the SWOSU administration remains cautious, it will be lifted for Fall Semester 2021. If not, we might already see summer courses taking place without masks.

It is highly unlikely that SWOSU will experience another spread of COVID-19 - and there are three reasons for that:

First: With every new wave of COVID-19 cases at SWOSU, the amount of students, faculty, and staff who got tested positive got lower. Now we have only 1 case - and it is likely that this trend will continue and only few students will get COVID during the remainder of the semester.

Second: Many people already received their vaccination, among them many SWOSU students. Oklahoma just announced the entering of phase 4, that means everyone over 16 can now get an appointment to get vaccinated. So far, more than 20% of Oklahomans have at least received one dose.

Third: A significant amount of the student body has already had COVID-19 at some point, and some develop immunity, at least for some time.

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