© 2022 KGOU
News and Music for Oklahoma
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Resources and links to information about the novel coronavirus COVID-19Oklahoma State Department of Health's Vaccination Portal: https://vaccinate.oklahoma.govOklahoma State Department of Health - Color-coded COVID-19 Alert System (Map)Oklahoma State Department of Health - COVID-19 OutbreakWhat to do if you are sickHotline: (877) 215-8336 or dial 211Integris Health symptom checkerOklahoma City/County Health Dept. Hotline for the Uninsured or those without a primacy care physician: (405) 425-4489Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.00000178-7581-ddab-a97a-7fb96f110000OU Medicine - COVID-19The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma encourages anyone needing food assistance to visit rfbo.org/get-help or call (405) 972-1111University of Oklahoma Coronavirus Resources

Oklahoma's Two Largest Universities Try To Mitigate COVID-19 Spread


As colleges start their semesters, they’re dealing with increasing numbers of  COVID-19 cases. StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports on the efforts of Oklahoma’s two largest universities to mitigate the spread.


This week, Oklahoma State University reported it has 279 active cases while the University of Oklahoma has 137. Hundreds of students and staffers are in quarantine on both campuses because of possible exposure.

This isn't too surprising, officials from the universities said in a meeting with the State Regents of Higher Education Thursday morning.

Dale Bratzler, OU's chief COVID officer, says the best the schools can do is to increase testing and fight the spread any way they can. He says they're starting to do just that.

"One thing we’re trying to avoid is just a complete campus shutdown," Bratzler said. "Yet we recognize this virus is highly contagious and when you bring people together in close quarters, you will see spread."

The universities' costs of managing the pandemic has already already added up to millions of dollars. That's because of lost revenue, and costs of outfitting their campuses to welcome students back this fall and conduct testing.

StateImpact Oklahoma is a partnership of Oklahoma’s public radio stations which relies on contributions from readers and listeners to fulfill its mission of public service to Oklahoma and beyond. Donate online.

More News

Readers and listeners power the public service journalism KGOU and NPR provide. Donate online.