Testing of dentist's patients continues
The Oklahoma State Department of Health and Tulsa Health Department have no new positive results to report as testing continues for patients of W. Scott Harrington's dental surgery practice. Of the patients tested so far, five have tested positive for hepatitis B, 70 for hepatitis C and three for HIV. People who test positive are being personally contacted, and they will be directed to resources for appropriate care and follow up. If warranted, testing will be recommended for a spouse or partner. To date, 3,891 people have visited county health departments throughout the state to have their blood drawn for testing as part of this public health response. An unknown number of persons have sought testing through private health care providers. The Oklahoma State Department of Health's Public Health Laboratory had completed testing for 3,972 persons as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. The discrepancy is due to the lab also testing people from other states, private physicians and local county health departments.
Class set to help kids after disaster
As a resource for parents, teachers and community members, Sunbeam Family Services will offer two free community workshops on how to talk to children about natural disasters, specifically the tornadoes that have affected our community. On Thursday, Sunbeam will offer “Understanding the Impact of Natural Disasters on Children” from noon to 1 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the training room at Oklahoma City Educare, 500 SE Grand Blvd. The workshop will explore how children perceive disasters, common reactions in children to disasters, what happens in our brains after a disaster, simple strategies for calming your child's fears after a natural disaster, and how to discuss this disaster or any trauma with kids. To register for this free workshop, visit www.sunbeamfamilyservices.org or call 528-7721.
From staff reports