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April 10, Coronavirus, COVID-19 Update

This article was archived on 6/7/2020

Situation Update

To date, the Tulsa Health Department (THD) has confirmed 314 positive COVID-19 cases in Tulsa County. Twenty six residents have recovered and 16 have died. Test results are updated daily at www.tulsa-health.org/COVID19.  For the most up-to-date news, information and business resources in Tulsa, visit www.cityoftulsa.org/COVID-19.   

Holiday Travel Guidelines

THD strongly advises against travel this holiday weekend, including making trips to family members‘ residences outside of your household. THD encourages people to gather virtually and stay home while practicing safe social distancing.

Safer at Home in Tulsa

A Safer at Home Order is in place for every Tulsan, prohibiting public events, private events and social gatherings through April 30.

Under the Safer at Home Order, residents can make essential trips to the grocery store, get medication and other things needed to survive at home. Patronizing essential businesses for non-essential purposes, such as apparel or personal care services, should not occur. If you have questions of what you can or can’t do, visit www.cityoftulsa.org/yesorno.

City of Tulsa Updates

As more people stay home, Residential Recycling Stream collection is up 16 percent and refuse collection is up 18 percent, but trash haulers are keeping up with the demand. If members of your household are sick, double bag your trash and place it in the gray trash cart to protect trash haulers.

To date, one City employee has tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering. This week, 52 City employees were in quarantine or self- isolation because of exposure. A third of those employees were already released and out of quarantine.

Tulsa County Update

On April 13 at the Board of County Commissioners meeting, Commissioners will extend the resolution set to expire to keep restricted access to the courthouse. No COVID-19 cases have been reported in the Tulsa County Jail, which has a population around 1,000. Two tests at the jail have come back negative.

Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency (TAEMA) Update

TAEMA has activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to support THD operations and has been coordinating the City and County response. TAEMA is working to collect and distribute PPE supplies to Tulsa area first responders.

TAEMA inquiries should go through the Joint Information Center (JIC), and all questions should be directed to the City of Tulsa Communications Director Michelle Brooks, or to Leanne Stephens, THD’s Marketing and Communications Director.

Tulsa Fire Update

The Tulsa Fire Department (TFD) has seen consistent 911 calls involving fires and consistent EMS calls. To date, TFD has the supplies needed to deliver quality services and is staffed above the minimum staffing level.

The current fire academy class has been sworn in and reported for duty. Tulsa Fire is utilizing the provided PPE and continues to regularly decontaminate stations, apparatus, equipment and facilities.

Tulsa Police Update

Yesterday, Tulsa Police Class 117 took their Oath of Office, but in a different setting than normal. The newest officers stood in a distanced formation at the Tulsa Police Memorial as Chief Franklin swore them in.

TPD has received equipment from TFD that allows officers to decontaminate their vehicles and each uniform division. To help keep officers safe, Tulsa Police are asking residents to make non-life-threatening reports online at www.tulsapolice.org or by phone through the Tulsa Police non-emergency number at (918) 596-9222. 911 should be used for emergencies only.

Additional Resources

Residents who are uninsured or underinsured should call THD at (918) 582-9355. THD offers specimen collection for a limited number of individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19.

Additionally, residents can also call 211 if they think they have COVID-19 symptoms or have other questions about COVID-19. Like the Tulsa Health Department, 211 offers assistance to those who are uninsured or underinsured.