OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) – The OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has confirmed that one of their nurses was "a victim of an act of violence."
Officials say the "alleged perpetrator believed that due the nurse's role in healthcare, they were exposing the community to COVID-19."
OU Medicine sent the following joint statement on behalf of Jason Sanders, MD, MBA, OU Health Sciences Center and Chuck Spicer, FACHE, CEO, OU Medicine, Inc.:
Public health emergencies are stressful times for people and communities but unfortunately, today, one of our nurses was a victim of an act of violence in the community while on their way to work. The alleged perpetrator believed that due to the nurse’s role in healthcare, they were exposing the community to COVID-19. Healthcare workers receive comprehensive training on proper use of personal protective equipment, protocols and ways to protect themselves and others. OU Medicine stands in support of all healthcare workers, dedicating their lives to taking care of all of us. We are working with this employee and all of our employees to ensure their safety and appreciate the community’s ongoing support.
Officials have not released any further information at this time.