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Mayor Bynum: City of Tulsa Continuing to Prepare for Coronavirus

Posted at 11:15 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 00:22:32-04

TULSA, Okla. — Mayor G.T. Bynum reassuring Tulsans, saying the city is constantly working to prepare for the coronavirus.

Bynum said one of the biggest challenges for the city right now is all of the Tulsans traveling internationally who need to get home.

Mayor Bynum said anyone returning to Tulsa from Italy, Japan, China or Iran is being told to go into isolation for 14-days, even if they aren’t showing symptoms. He said it’s important to note that both individuals in Tulsa who are infected, contracted the virus while traveling.

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Mayor Bynum said the city is doing its best to limit the chances of the virus spreading here in Tulsa.

“We’re working with public health officials to make sure that when they do, they’re quarantined in their homes, away from others for that 14-day period of time to make sure that it’s safe for them to be here in Tulsa," he said.

The Tulsa Health Department agrees.

“Any individual, especially who is considering traveling should be prepared to isolate at home if they are exposed while on their travels," said Leanne Stephens with the Tulsa Health Department.

Mayor Bynum said health officials are doing a good job containing the virus to the two individuals and the risk to others is low.

“My job as mayor is to worry about things," Bynum said. "And in this case, I think it’s very notable that both of these individuals, they didn’t contract it going around town. They contracted it out of the country on a different trip.”

He also said the city is also reviewing its continuity of operations plans to make sure it can continue functioning regardless of what happens with the coronavirus.

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