Oklahoma moves toward 'endemic' approach to COVID-19


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two years after officials announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, state officials say they are shifting their response efforts to an "endemic" approach to the coronavirus.

Interim health commissioner Keith Reed said last week the department is preparing to begin a transition "into the endemic phase of this pandemic," The Oklahoman reported. A disease reaches the endemic stage when the virus still exists in a community but becomes manageable as immunity builds.

Last month, California became the first state to formally shift to an "endemic" approach to th...

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