Oklahoma offers COVID-19 guidelines before spring break
The Oklahoma State Department of Health issued COVID-19 guidance ahead of spring break, asking people to take precautions before traveling or gathering with family and friends.
Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye said the state was in a critical point in the fight against the coronavirus.
"Cases and hospitalizations are beginning to decline — but they will almost certainly rise again if we take our foot off the gas now," Frye said in a statement. "As you take time during spring break to relax with loved ones, I urge you to continue avoiding large gatherings and following CDC guidelines.”
The department warned that gathering in large groups of more than 10 people can lead to spread of the virus. If people do decide to gather, the health department asked them to take advantage of warmer weather and consider meeting outdoors.
For those who may travel over spring break, the health department recommended taking a COVID-19 test ahead of time — especially for college students returning home.
The department also encouraged getting a COVID-19 vaccine for those eligible, which now includes a majority of Oklahomans, including essential workers, teachers and college students, as well as people over 65 and Oklahomans with certain health conditions.
The state health department also offered guidance to fully vaccinated people, in line with new guidance this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Under the new guidelines, fully vaccinated people can gather indoors, without masks, with a small group of other fully vaccinated people. They also can visit unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk of a severe case of COVID-19.
The health department recommended that regardless of vaccination status, people should continue to wear masks in public, keep a safe distance and wash their hands regularly.