By Keaton Ross
Oklahoma Watch 

While active cases remain low, Omicron threat looms in Oklahoma prisons


January 16, 2022

The highly contagious Omicron variant has arrived in Oklahoma, causing Covid-19 case numbers to surge and renewing concerns that hospitals will become overwhelmed.

State prisons, where many of the incarcerated live in dormitory-style housing units, were hit especially hard with infections and deaths during previous waves of the virus. But unlike many other states, Oklahoma’s correctional facilities have largely been spared from Covid-19 in recent weeks.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections reported 17 active cases on Jan. 11, with none of the infections requiring hospitalization. An a...

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