no icu beds
(Mike Allen)

It’s a spooky time of year, and not necessarily for the reason you think. COVID-19 cases are, once again, on the rise, and they come just as the weather is turning cooler and people head indoors.

That’s scary enough on its own, but I get the sense that fewer and fewer people are paying attention as we make our way toward the end of 2020. I certainly understand the numbness and burnout that can come from roughly eight months of accumulating statistics on the pandemic, but one number from this past week should refocus our thoughts on the seriousness of this situation: zero. Zero, as in no ICU beds reportedly available last week in the state, which of course affects many more people outside of COVID patients. That’s a pretty loud alarm bell, and one we should listen to.

The response from everyone should be one of diligence, and a bit of sacrifice. Endless breadsticks at the Olive Garden are great, but you can probably hold off on sitting in a crowded restaurant to eat them for a little while. I’m sure they’ll still be there when this is all over.

Past Sundaze comics

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Epic fail? Audit yields more questions on public money
Rough Saturday for Sooners fans
Budget blockbusters from the Cox Convention Center?
College football fun dampened by COVID-19 risks
It wasn’t Neese: An allegory for owning your audio
You’re doing fine in the red zone, Oklahoma
Snail mail: Slugging it out at the U.S. Postal Service
Norman elections always cause a flood of headlines
School 2020: Arts and crafts more like arts and masks
Ready for basketball from the Disney bubble
Kevin Stitt quarantine: Rest up, governor
PPP helps keep the proverbial pizza cooking
Imagine masks: Stitt starts fashion fad to emphasize eyebrows
Mike Gundy has shirt problems
Coronavirus spike: There’s still a pandemic out there
Safety and cleanliness are priorities for Election Day
Remember to put yourself in someone else’s shoes
Them boys from Oklahoma roll their joints all wrong
Pour yourself an age and wisdom on the rocks
All the government Oklahoma could ever want
Open sesame: Kevin Stitt and the 40 mayors
Parents agree: The Easter bunny is an essential worker
Bad news for Cheetos: Our behaviors are changing
Quarantine quandary: Are your pets sick of you yet?
Quarantine: A rear window into our worried minds