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THD urges caution on gatherings as COVID-19 cases reach record daily high

Posted at 1:19 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-13 00:54:03-04

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Health Department is urging caution on gatherings to Tulsa County residents as COVID-19 cases reach record daily high.

THD officials said Friday reports showed the new highest daily increase of coronavirus cases to day in the county.

A total of 71 Tulsa County residents were reported as confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the county to 1,443. Of the total, 1,008 people have recovered and 373 cases are still active. A total of 62 Tulsa County residents have died, THD said in a news release.

Officials said the increase has been identified as an outbreak linked to indoor gatherings.

I have concerns about large groups of people gathering indoors for prolonged lengths of time. It is imperative that anyone who chooses to host or attend a gathering take the steps to stay safe. If you are sick or think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, stay home. The bottom line is that the more people an infected individual interacts with and the longer that interaction lasts, the greater the risk for spreading COVID-19 becomes.
Dr. Dart | Tulsa Health Department

Events with no side limit resumed in Tulsa on June 1 along with phase three of reopening Oklahoma. THD officials advise Tulsa County residents to continue social distancing and exercise public health guidance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

READ MORE: Tulsa Health Department COVID-19 Information and Updates

Everyone is advised to practice personal responsibility at gatherings by wearing a cloth face covering in public and practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Tulsa Health Department

The Tulsa Health Department continues to perform coronavirus testing by appointment only. Call 918-582-9355 for information and to speak to a public health professional.

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