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Officials with Tulsa Health, City and County provide COVID-19 update

Posted at 7:30 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 14:52:37-04

TULSA — Officials with the Tulsa Health Department, City of Tulsa and Tulsa County provided a coronavirus update today.

Dr. Dart with the Tulsa Health Department says Tulsans are going to have to learn how to live alongside the virus. He says health and social connection through technology is important during this time.

Mayor G.T. Bynum started by thanking all the nurses on National Nurses Day.

Bynum provided an update saying that we started on May 1, with the weekend going pretty smooth but there was some confusion on the definition of what a bar was, and where that would apply.

The calls to police and fire services were very steady. Tulsa business are doing "outstanding" work to protect their workers and Tulsans as they reopen.

Bynum explained why masks are important. The purpose of wearing a mask in public is not to protect yourself, it is to try to contain the droplets out of your mouth or nose when speaking or sneezing around others.

Bynum says that Tulsa hospital systems informed him that their overall COVID-19 patients have continued a downward trend, or have remained stable, with no increase in hospitalizations.

Bynum says local hospitals feel confident they have the capacity moving forward.

Walmart is opening a second COVID-19 testing facility at Admiral and Memorial Avenue, for more information you can call 1-800-635-8611or go to the City of Tulsa website.

Chief Franklin with the Tulsa Police Department says the coronavirus is not over and we need to be smart. Chief Franklin continued by saying that TPD has seen reckless disregard for safety on the roads and collisions have been on the rise.

Sheriff Regalado says that the jail has continued to remain COVID-19 free. What could affect that is an increase in their jail population.

Sheriff Regalado says that between April 1 and May 4, they have received 910 bookings of crimes. He continued by saying in 2019, during this same timeframe, they had over 1,700 bookings. Sheriff Regalado says that we are still low, but as things continue to open up, those numbers can increase, which would cause an increase for the chance of COVID-19 in the jail.

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