Mayor Says Tulsa Is Handling Pandemic Well, Reminds Public It's Not Over Yet

Wednesday, May 6th 2020, 5:57 pm
By: Jonathan Cooper

TULSA, Okla. - Mayor G.T. Bynum continues to push people to wear masks as the total number of COVID-19 cases in Tulsa tops 400.

Bynum said Tulsans have done a good job taking this pandemic seriously and realizing this pandemic is not over, even though some businesses are reopening.

Bynum said Tulsans should still practice social distancing and strongly recommends that people wear masks in public.

He said he will not make it a requirement like some cities have done.

"If you want to spew your droplets all over folks then don't wear a mask,” said Bynum. “If you want to be considerate of people around you and help slow the spread of this, that's the point of wearing a mask."

Bynum also announced on Wednesday a new testing site going up in town.

Walmart already has a testing site at their store near 81st and Lewis, and because that was so successful, they will be installing another one at the Admiral and Memorial store.

The new testing site is also by appointment only.

On Wednesday, Dr. Bruce Dart with the Tulsa Health Department said cases in Tulsa are still trending up.

Mayor Bynum though, said hospitalizations have bottomed out after a downward trend.

State officials said, statewide there has been a consistent trend down in cases.