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Experts: Oklahoma among nation's unhealthiest states, faces heightened risks for COVID-19


April 24, 2020

Whitney Bryen Oklahoma Watch

Nurses talk to a man who arrived on foot to a drive-through coronavirus testing site in Shawnee on April 2.

It wasn't the number of patients that worried Dr. Mark Doescher the most as he made his rounds through the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City last week.

The hospital was emptier than usual. Scores of non-emergency surgeries and treatments had been suspended while health-care workers prepared for Oklahoma's expected peak in COVID-19 hospitalizations later this month.

What concerned Doescher, who practices family medicine, was the types of patients he was seeing. They tended to be older and had "some major things going on," he said. Those included cancer, heart or lung dis...

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