The July 4th holiday is a time for large gatherings, but health experts are encouraging people to take extra precautions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Aging Lance Robertson said they want people who are choosing to be a part of a gathering Saturday to be safe.
“We understand this has been a unique situation and that the pandemic is something that none of us thought would happen.” Robertson said.
Robertson said folks shouldn’t forget to wash their hands, practice physical distancing, wear a mask and stay home if they don’t feel well.
Many communities have already canceled their traditional 4th of July celebrations and decided to host virtual firework shows to help stop the spread of the virus.
According to the state’s health department, Oklahoma has seen an increase in positive test results. However, the numbers show there aren't as many people being admitted to the hospital.
Health experts warn that a lack of personal responsibility this holiday weekend can lead to an increase in positive cases.