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Bynum: Tulsa meets the criteria for Phase 2 of reopening

Posted at 7:25 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 08:40:51-04

TULSA — Officials with Tulsa County, City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Health Department gave an update an update on the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Dart with the Tulsa Health Department says 588 Tulsa County residents recovered from the virus, while 37 died.

Dr. Dart said cases in Tulsa started declining April 30th and they see the downward trend continuing.

Tulsans answered the call to stay home and we are now in a position to go into Phase 2
Dr. Dart

Dart said the pandemic helped everyone recognize the role they play in a disease that threatens our neighbors. He said the health department will provide modified guidance for businesses as the city moves into the next phase.

He said it is crucial people continue to social distance to prevent a surge, that includes:

  • staying 6 feet away from others who don't live in your home
  • if you're at risk, stay at home as much as possible
  • seek medical attention if you have have symptoms

The health department will keep following data and will update the community if anything changes. For testing or questions, call the Tulsa Health Department or visit

Mayor G.T. Bynum also thanked everyone for working so hard during this pandemic.

Tulsa has had a really important couple of weeks.
Mayor G.T. Bynum

Tulsa had two weeks with a downward trajectory.

Bynum acknowledged his frustration to move into Phase 1 two weeks ago, but said now as the city approaches Phase 2 the city does meet the criteria.

He said this is a testament to everyday Tulsans, and responsible business owners, going about their lives in a safe way.

Bynum said Tulsa will start Phase 2 tomorrow. It's not as big a step as Phase 1 and officials can see what worked and what didn't. Bars can open with reduced occupancy, and the City of Tulsa is raising social gathering limit from 10 to 50. He said Tulsa will keep working with the health department for guidelines.

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This will give the community another two weeks to see how the data goes, officials will re-evaluate and determine what Phase 3 looks like once Gov. Stitt makes further announcements.

The City of Tulsa also joined the state of Oregon, Washington D.C., Boston, Detroit and several other states in a program from the Rockefeller Foundation to expand the testing capacity in the city.

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