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Tulsa Health Department urges people to wear masks, may ask for mandatory order

Posted at 12:40 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 08:36:23-04

TULSA, Okla. — Officials with the City of Tulsa and the Tulsa County Health Department urge people to wear masks to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Dr. Bruce Dart said he is closely monitoring data about new cases and a mandatory order could come in the next few days depending on if cases continue to rise. Oklahoma Health Department reported 673 new cases on Wednesday.

Dart said the rise in cases is likely linked to President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa in June.

READ MORE: Official: Tulsa rally likely led to surge in coronavirus cases

Governor Kevin Stitt previously said he will not issue a statewide mandatory mask order. Mayor G.T. Bynum said he is waiting on guidance from THD, but he'll issue one if needed.

Bynum said part of the reason they are waiting is because of the burden this places on law enforcement to regulate the order and it will be a last resort.

Dart urged everyone to wear masks. He urged companies to create policies to keep employees and customers safe. He also said businesses have the right to refuse customers who are not wearing masks.

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