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Tulsa Health Department: Tulsa Co. surpasses 20% COVID-19 positivity rate

Posted at 8:34 PM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 21:40:14-05

TULSA, Okla. — Our local COVID-19 crisis is appearing to get worse. In a press conference Tuesday, the Tulsa Health Department reported that they are seeing higher positivity rates than ever seen before.

Out of more than 400 COVID-19 tests performed by the department, officials said 20.3% are coming back positive. Dr. Bruce Dart, executive director of the Tulsa Health Department, said that’s a clear indication that the virus is efficiently spreading throughout Tulsa County.

Top medical staff at Ascension St. John Medical Center said they are seeing a record number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19. However, administrators said they have capacity at all six of their locations to care for COVID and non-COVID patients.

READ MORE: City health officials say no ICU beds available in Tulsa

Medical staff are also urging the public to continue necessary regular health care check-ups and cancer screenings.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum continues to stress the importance of wearing a mask and he's encouraging other leaders to support mask ordinances.

“Our regional healthcare system needs a regional healthcare response,” Bynum said.

Tulsa Health Department also reported two new coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 228 lives lost since the beginning of the pandemic.

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