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April 20, COVID-19 Situation Update

This article was archived on 5/31/2020

Situation Update

To date, the Tulsa Health Department (THD) has confirmed 422 positive COVID-19 cases in Tulsa County. 276 residents have recovered and 22 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.

A Safer at Home Order is in place for every Tulsan, prohibiting public events, private events and social gatherings through April 30. It’s vitally important to remain vigilant. Please stay home and only go out for necessities needed to survive at home.

Under the Safer at Home Order, residents can make essential trips to the grocery store, get medication and other necessary items needed for survival. 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.

Walmart Drive Thru Testing Site 

Tulsa area residents who need testing because they have COVID-19 symptoms can now setup an appointment to get tested in the parking lot at the Walmart at 81ST and Lewis, 2019 E. 81st St. The site is supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth and state and local officials.

“Walmart is part of the community, and we are proud to help support the expansion of COVID-19 testing in Tulsa during this unprecedented time,” said Laurie Smalling Letts, Walmart Public Affairs Senior Director. “We are grateful to our associates who keep our stores running, our pharmacists who support these testing sites, and to eTrueNorth and local officials as we work together to open the site and help our community.”

Testing has no out-of-pocket cost and is open to all Tulsans with symptoms and to all healthcare providers and first responders, whether or not they are exhibiting symptoms by appointment only. No walk-ins will be accepted. You can schedule an appointment at  www.DoINeedaCovid19test.com. For questions regarding testing at this site, call 1-800-635-8611.

The drive thru testing site will be open daily, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Those being tested should stay in their cars for verification of eligibility, an ID check and a self-administered test.

This is the only local Walmart location in Tulsa participating in testing and testing is not available inside Walmart stores.

Additional Testing Sites   

Two more mobile testing sites launched today at OSU Center for Health Sciences and at OU-Tulsa. For a brief screening and to schedule an appointment at one of these locations, call 2-1-1.

If you were exposed to a known COVID-19 patient or are exhibiting symptoms for COVID-19, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, call THD at (918) 582-9355. THD also offers specimen collection for a limited number of individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 who are uninsured or underinsured.

Aside from the testing sites listed above,  211 is another helpful resource in helping residents with testing questions. 211can answer COVID-19 questions and offers assistance to those who are uninsured or underinsured.

City of Tulsa Updates

To date, 56 employees are in quarantine and two City employees have tested positive for COVID-19. One is recovered and the other is recovering.

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.

On Wednesday at 5 p.m., the Mayor will be discussing FY20 funding more in depth with the Tulsa City Council in their public meeting and will present the proposed FY21 budget, which starts on July 1.

Howl & Howler Event

On Friday, the City of Tulsa and River Parks are hosting a citywide stay-at-home event. At 7 p.m., open your window, step onto your balcony, or go out to your front yard and make some noise for at least 2 minutes. For more information, visit the events tab on the City of Tulsa Facebook page, @CityofTulsaGov.

Tulsa County Update

In partnership with the City of Tulsa, Tulsa County officially opened the old Juvenile Justice Center location to accommodate approximately 55 men from the Salvation Army. The location is ran in partnership with the Day Center for the Homeless and the Salvation Army. Staff have been trained extensively on proper hygiene and cleaning and disinfection protocols. The County has also implemented several practices in the shelter for maintaining proper distancing procedures to ensure the safety of those who are helping and those who need our help. The men have already been moved to the temporary shelter by Tulsa Transit, who provided complimentary transportation services earlier this morning. 

Presiding Judge Bill LaFortune made the news late last week for his efforts in continuing to ensure critical court operations and processes are maintained. As he said, there’s a silver lining in this crisis in that it has made all businesses, governments, and other entities find solutions that accommodate operations electronically—but not just in the short term. What Tulsa County is learning today about how we operate the court systems will lead to some long-term solutions that allow us to be nimbler and more forward thinking when it comes to technology and how we can use it to keep things going—even when we have to distance ourselves from one another.