Tulsa County COVID-19 Cases Trending Downwards

Thursday, May 14th 2020, 8:39 pm

TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa Health Department said COVID-19 cases continue to trend down across the county.

They said we now meet the latest White House criteria to reopen.

In a news conference Thursday, Mayor G.T. Bynum said the city is in good shape to start phase 2 of the reopening plan starting Friday.

The health department said using a rolling average, cases here are trending down.

So that means, starting Friday bars can reopen with reduced capacity and funerals and weddings can resume.

Social gatherings will also be able to increase from a maximum of 10 people, up to 50.

The city will begin issuing special event permits for events with less than 50 people.

Meanwhile, starting Friday, sports groups will be allowed to practice on fields with groups of 25 or less.

Bynum also announced the city of Tulsa is joining other US cities in a program funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

The program will expand and improve testing capacity.

Bynum said the next couple of weeks will be important as we move forward.

"Let's get through the next couple of weeks, see how we do under these new guidelines that different businesses and individuals are following, see if the positive trends continue, then at the end of this month we can evaluate what phase 3 looks like," said Bynum.

Governor Kevin Stitt also mentioned Tulsa County on Thursday during his press briefing, providing a different way to look at the numbers.

He said Tulsa County currently has 109 active COVID-19 cases, which is only .017% of the entire population.