OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Are more Oklahomans getting tested for COVID-19 after Thanksgiving? The Oklahoma State Department of Health told KFOR we’ll know in about a week.
“It’s hard to say it’s hard to say are we truly seeing an increase,” said Jolianne Stone with the State Health Department. “Is this more artifactual? Or are we truly seeing an increase? We’ll probably know in the next week or so.”
Stone told KFOR the seven-day rolling average gives us a better idea of what we might be seeing with positive cases.
On Monday and Tuesday, Oklahomans were seen lining up to get tested for COVID-19, many worried after gathering with family for the long holiday weekend.
One woman told us she had her entire family get an at-home COVID-19 test before meeting for Thanksgiving.
“It’s just not worth taking the risk,” said Debbie Hoose.
Hoose was one of hundreds of people pouring into the Crest parking lot for a COVID test.
“It’s just a vicious circle and a cycle, and once somebody gets it… one person can spread it to so many people,” said Hoose.
Hoose told KFOR she and her husband were infected with COVID last year. She waited close to an hour to get a test Tuesday morning.
On Monday, some people were seen waiting almost four hours to get tested, leaving many asking if Thanksgiving has a part to play in long wait times.
“Anytime you have large gatherings of people, anytime you travel to areas where COVID may be higher levels than they are here in Oklahoma,” said Stone. “It’s important that individuals take charge in their health.”
Stone stated it’s hard to say right now if Oklahoma is seeing an increase in COVID cases and testing, and we’ll need a couple of weeks to see a plateau or if it is no change from what we saw prior to Thanksgiving.
The Health Department reported 945 new cases on Thanksgiving day and more than 2,000 on Friday and Saturday.
Hoose told KFOR those numbers give her more reasons to take precautions.
“I’ve been to a couple of funerals. Some of my friends and some [were] vaccinated and some [were] unvaccinated,” said Hoose. “So, me personally, [I] believe that people have a choice.”