To date, the Tulsa Health Department (THD) has confirmed 71,227 positive COVID-19 cases in Tulsa County. 69,103 residents have recovered and 723 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/COVID19.
Tulsa Thanks You Project:
Today, the City of Tulsa released the video from its Tulsa Thanks You video project, a communications initiative to thank Tulsa’s health care workers who have worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Once the City started receiving video clips, the City’s Communications Department compiled the video clips into one video that will be utilized in various settings across Tulsa. The video is currently being circulated in Tulsa’s local health care industry and in hospital systems, on the City’s social media channels and can be found at www.cityoftulsa.org/TulsaThanksYou.
In January, the City asked for videos from any Tulsan, regardless of age or language spoken, to submit a short, 15-second video with a “Thank You” message. By Feb. 5, 2021, the City had received nearly 80 videos.
The City thanks Tulsans for making this possible.
One Year of COVID-19 Response in Tulsa
One year ago this week, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Tulsa County. The City took immediate steps to try prevent the spread of the virus and various executive orders and ordinances were issued during the year-long response.
COVID-19 Relief Funding Updates
As we mark one year since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Tulsa County, the City continues to support Tulsans’ physical and financial health during the pandemic through Coronavirus Relief Funds received from the State of Oklahoma, as well as federal funding allocated to several ongoing community projects. To date, $29.9 million has been distributed toward these community and economic development programs with $11.9 million remaining funds.
The City’s overflow shelter at the former Tulsa County Juvenile Detention Center has seen more than 19,377 visitations since its opening in September 2020 from individuals experiencing homelessness. Adhering to social distance guidelines, the shelter has provided day and night services, such as shelter, more than 30,230 meals, wellness exams, free pet clinics, legal aid and case management. Some of the partners in this citywide effort include Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, Community Service Council, Housing Partners of Tulsa, Iron Gate and City Lights Foundation.
Since the launch of the Financial Navigators program and Financial Empowerment Centers, which are designed to help Tulsans with free financial counseling, the City and its program partner, Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, have completed 240 sessions and given callers more than 1,595 referrals. The top three topics to date are utilities, rent and food pantry assistance. To learn more about either of these programs, visit: https://www.cityoftulsa.org/government/resilient-tulsa/financial-empowerment/
Funds have also been allocated toward Connect Tulsa, a program aimed at providing internet connectivity to households who lack high-speed internet during the pandemic. A total of 860 households have signed up for subsidized internet service or are awaiting approval through the City’s partnership with Cox Communications. For more information on the program and to see if you qualify, contact Tulsa Responds at (918) 900-0918 or visit https://www.tulsaresponds.org/.
The City’s Student Support Camps launched in September of 2020 to help students with distance learning under the supervision of a support aide. An average of 70 children per week have been enrolled at various parks and recreation centers.
Two new programs this year funded by COVID-19 relief funding include an Emergency Rental Assistance program, which is being developed to provide utility and rental assistance to individuals impacted by the pandemic, and the Request for Proposals grants for nonprofits to serve residents in our community who have been affected by COVID-19.
For more information on COVID-19 relief funding, visit: https://www.cityoftulsa.org/cares
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