Editor’s note: Since this story was published, it has garnered national attention. Our material was gathered from two events. On August 31st, the “Healthier Oklahoma Coalition” held a news conference with six doctors speaking to the media. One of those physicians, Dr. Jason McElyea, spoke about health care facilities being “backed up” with patients who were suffering from complications after taking Ivermectin. The next day, Dr. McElyea conducted a one-on-one interview with KFOR, repeating the information about facilities being “backed up”. At no point was Dr. McElyea referring to every hospital in the state of Oklahoma, and our reporting did not make that claim.
Representatives from two different Oklahoma healthcare organizations confirmed to KFOR their facilities are experiencing a sudden increase in the number of patients suffering negative side effects as a result of over-using Ivermectin. One of the healthcare groups, which confirmed the increase, is Integris Health Systems. They’ve since told us they prefer the term “congested” as opposed to “backed up”, to describe the current situation.
KFOR-TV will continue to follow the studies that are currently investigating whether Ivermectin is an effective treatment or preventative agent against COVID. KFOR-TV’s reporting regarding the pandemic, proper COVID-19 safety precautions, and effective treatment protocols has been fact-based, accurate, thorough, and consistent.