Ascension St. John Seeing Increase Of COVID-19 Cases

Tuesday, June 23rd 2020, 6:14 pm
By: Mallory Thomas

TULSA, Okla. -

Ascension St. John in Tulsa said Tuesday they're seeing an increase of people positive for COVID, coming in for treatment.

Ascension St. John said they do have a surge plan in place for COVID cases and the plan was recently tested to make sure everything is good to go if they do see a surge.

The Emergency Department Manager said typically around this time of year they see an increase in trauma cases.

"It's when our trauma numbers pick up, 4th of July is definitely when we hit trauma season and then we continue to ramp up until we hit flu season. So, we're prepared," said Tammy Cox, Ascension St. John Emergency Department manager.

The 4th of July falls two weeks after the presidential rally at the BOK where thousands gathered this past weekend. Cox said they've already been seeing an increase of positive patients the past couple of weeks.

"We are seeing more patients coming in who are positive that we are admitting, and we do have a surge plan in preparation for that," said Cox. “We definitely have seen more people out and about. I think we can all attest to. I think it’s a mix of both. We are testing more, but we definitely have had more people out and about as well.”

Cox said they're ready for a surge of patients in the emergency department, if one comes.

"We're ready for patients who do come in. We are prepared we have all supplies all PPE. We've never had a shortage and continue to have a multitude of supplies if needed," said Cox.