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Opinion: Virus underscores importance of infrastructure investment


The Oklahoman

By THE OKLAHOMAN EDITORIAL BOARD

September 9, 2020

When Oklahoma finally is out from under the COVID-19 pandemic, perhaps the importance of regularly upgrading state agency infrastructure will emerge as one enduring lesson for lawmakers.

Interim Health Commissioner Lance Frye said recently that the pandemic “has really propelled us forward and allowed us to fix a lot of things that needed to be fixed.” A major problem, however, was that so much needed fixing.

The pandemic underlined the department’s “breaking points,” Frye told The Oklahoman’s Chris Casteel. “A lot of those were around a lack of investing in infrastructure. They had not updated systems. There was no lab capability.”

The state’s online case-reporting system, Frye said, “was decades old and broken and just frankly incapable of processing that number of lab results.”


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