COVID – 19 virtual town hall held in Lawton Thursday

COVID – 19 virtual town hall held in Lawton Thursday 

LAWTON, Okla. – Thursday, leaders in southwest Oklahoma held a virtual town hall to answer questions about COVID-19 and how it’s currently affecting our community.

The virtual town hall lasted roughly an hour and touched on a variety of important issues, including the arrival of the COVID – 19 vaccine.

“Thankfully we’re looking at having a significant amount of vaccine so it’s not going to be a case of where only 10,000 people in the state get the vaccine and we have to wait 6 months for the next shipment. The shipments are going to come about every two weeks,” said Brandie Combs with the Comanche County Health Department.

Dr. Scott Michener with Comanche County Memorial Hospital said that once the vaccines are available, he encourages people to take them.

“We are all in this together, not only our community together but the whole world is in this together. If we’re going to get past this pandemic, we’re going to have to step up, continue to do the things we know to do, wear a mask, wash our hands, socially distance. But we’re going to have to trust our scientists and take the vaccine,” Dr. Michener said.

Also, in the town hall meeting was Major General Kenneth Kamper, who offered a look at the current numbers at Fort Sill.

“Today we have 524 active cases associated with Fort Sill. That’s down from the last two or three weeks or so where we peaked at about 730 cases. Just to give you a snapshot, of the 524 cases today about 66 percent of those are trainees,” said Kamper.

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