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Tulsa City Council to discuss requiring masks for kids ages 10 and up

Posted at 4:45 AM, Sep 23, 2020

TULSA, Okla. — Adults within the City of Tulsa are ordered to wear masks in public, but now the city is considering a change to extend that rule to kids, ages 10 and up.

The Executive Director of the Tulsa Health Department Dr. Dart spoke at a city council meeting last week.

READ MORE: Tulsa Health Department recommends city council requires masks for kids 10 and up

He said, overall, COVID-19 cases are down 27 percent since the previous week, but so is testing. Which, he said, is the reason for the decrease in case numbers.

Dr. Dart also explained COVID-19 cases in children ages 0-17 increased. He said it's due to outbreaks in schools across Tulsa County. All in all, Dr. Dart said he believes reopening schools is a risk. It's why he asked councilors to lower the age of the mask mandate to age 10.

“The reason why we are talking about age 10 is because for children 10 and older, they expel the same amount of saliva that adults do, children 9 and younger, they still shed but much smaller,” Dr. Dart said.

In Wednesday's City Council meeting, doctors David Kendrick and George Monk will discuss options for lowering the mask mandate to anything under the age of 18, and it's impact on the city moving forward.

For more information on Wednesdays meeting click here.

For more from the CDC, and ways to enjoy the holiday safely click here.

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