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Coronavirus, COVID-19 Update – March 19

This article was archived on 4/5/2020

Situation Update

The City continues to operate under CDC, Tulsa Health Department (THD) and Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) guidelines. To date, there have been five confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Tulsa County.

Today, THD officials announced the first COVID-19 associated death in Tulsa County, which is also the first death in the state of Oklahoma. The investigation remains ongoing; however, this is the first confirmed instance of community spread in Tulsa County.

Water & Sewer/ Refuse & Recycling

Lysol wipes, baby wipes (even if they say flushable), paper towels and feminine products cannot be flushed. The City’s Water & Sewer Department has already taken several calls in reference to Lysol wipes getting caught in the sewer system. Additionally, to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19, the City is asking all refuse items be placed in a sealed trash bag that is placed inside your closed gray trash bin to help protect employees. City of Tulsa refuse and recycling services are operating as normal for trash pickup. 

Travel Guidelines

If traveling domestically or internationally, especially if you’re coming back to Tulsa from Spring Break, THD recommends you should monitor your health and practice social distancing for 14 days after returning from travel. Travelers who are sick with fever, cough or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care. 

City of Tulsa Updates

For a list of City closures and changes in various services, visit: www.cityoftulsa.org/covid-19.

Residents needing to pay utility bills, municipal traffic tickets and use police and 311 reporting can do so on the City’s E-Services portal at: https://www.cityoftulsa.org/residents/payments-and-e-services/

Water Shutoffs/Other Utility Services

The City and TMUA (Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority) have temporarily stopped water shutoffs. Residents without water should call 311. PSO and ONG have also suspended non-payment disconnections.

Housing Impacts 

Evictions are suspended in Tulsa County. Any tenant who receives an eviction or foreclosure notice does not have to move out until a law enforcement official or a court tells them to do so. Because civil hearings are suspended, residents cannot be forced from their homes until April 15 at the earliest. Read additional eviction FAQs at: www.cityoftulsa.org/residents/coronavirus-covid-19/businesses-closed-under-civil-emergency/ 

Business Impacts & State Resources

All bars, gyms, movie theaters, entertainment venues and food courts in Tulsa should be closed. Restaurants, coffeeshops and other similar businesses with lounge and fixed seating areas are to only offer pick-up, carry out, or drive-thru options. For a more robust list of impacts and where to find the curbside pick-up form if you are a business, visit www.cityoftulsa.org/covid-19

The State of Oklahoma has a list of resources at: https://govstatus.egov.com/oklahoma-coronavirus-information. Businesses impacted by COVID-19 should submit their economic injury impacts at www.damage.ok.gov

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has setup a Coronavirus Call Center that can be reached at (877) 215-8336. Residents can learn more about the State response by visiting www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov. Residents can also use the COVID-19 hotline by calling 211.   

Basic Health Tips
Much like the flu, COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person contact. Contraction can best be prevented through proper hygiene and social distancing practices.

For more information, visit: www.tulsa-health.org/COVID19 

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