Just when it looked like things were finally starting to get back to normal and everyone was going back to their lives and the things they enjoy doing, the dreaded second or maybe even third wave of COVID-19 hits. The entire country is battling back the virus and all the new variants like the Delta strain.

Here in S.W. Oklahoma it's especially bad and we're seeing soaring numbers of new cases and hospitalizations daily, weekly and monthly. Oklahoma ranks in the top 10 of states with the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases and in the top 5 when it comes to the number of people infected with the Delta variant.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and variants both of our local hospitals CCMH (Comanche County Memorial Hospital) and SWMC (Southwestern Medical Center) are returning to their COVID-19 protocols. You can get all the details by clicking here. They made a few changes to their polices when it comes to face masks and what type of mask you'll need in order to enter the hospital.

The City of Lawton just announced that they will be reinstating their COVID-19 policies for face masks at all city owned properties. You'll be required to wear a face mask to enter all city owned facilities and proprieties where city employees work, or conduct business with the general public.

This includes City Hall and the Public Safety Building. Social distancing is also being encouraged whenever possible. This will go into effect tomorrow (08-05-21) at 8:00am CST. Click here to see the official See the official press release for additional details.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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