John Thompson asks how it is possible to open schools in Oklahoma with coronavirus on the rise.

Thompson writes:

The New York Times reports that on June 1, the Oklahoma City metropolitan area had a seven-day average of 17 new COVID-19 cases a day. I believe Mayor David Holt deserves great credit for the science-based policies that kept infection numbers down.

By Aug. 1, however, the seven-day average was 409! The reopening of schools is essential for the education and mental health of students, as well as the economy, but how is that possible when infections have increased by nearly 2,400%?

Thompson takes issue with the American Academy of Pediatrics and economist Emily Oster, whose assurances about a return to school, he believes, were premature.

The current “positive” results are a warning sign that Oklahoma should be cautious and follow the science.