This is Holy Week as this Sunday is Easter Sunday, to many the most important date in humanity.
I want to give a brief update on COVID-19 and its effect on our state and our House district. As of this writing, there were 879 cases in the state, including 28 in Canadian County, two in Kingfisher County and one in Woodward County. There have been 34 total deaths so far in the state, one in Canadian County.
FDA regulators have approved over 600 new medicines since the turn of the century. And more treatments are on the way. Scientists are currently developing over 7,000 experimental drugs.
The governor this week took another extraordinary step in trying to slow the spread of COVID-19 and preserve the lives and health of Oklahomans. On Tuesday he instituted a Safer at Home policy telling the elderly and those with compromised immune systems or other underlying health concerns to stay home until April 30 except to go to the grocery or drug store.
In 2018, an estimated 36,560 people died in auto accidents in this country. Last year similar numbers will be documented and recorded into the historical record. That is over 11 deaths per 100,000.