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The claim: The Oklahoma Department of Health planned a spike in cases of COVID-19

An email from an employee of the Oklahoma State Department of Health spread on social media along with allegations that the state orchestrated a sharp increase in cases of COVID-19.

The post – from the page Purposefully NOT Politically Correct – claims that the email “announced a planned spike in Covid numbers for next week for Oklahoma.”

“The ‘spike’ conveniently coincides with the beginning of school. It also comes as Covid numbers have continued to decrease at a rapid rate,” the post reads. “Those behind this manipulation are well aware it will cause fear and concern in the community – and potentially compel parents to pull their children from school or provide