THD: 1 Percent Of Tulsa County Residents Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

Thursday, July 23rd 2020, 4:16 pm
By: Jonathan Cooper


The Tulsa Health Department says 1 percent of all residents in the County have now tested positive for the virus, which is similar to the numbers nationwide.

Dr. Bruce Dart says they continue to notice younger people in the county testing positive with the average age of positive tests now around 37.

And more than 75 percent of positive tests are in people younger than 50.

Dart says they're not as worried about bed capacity right now at hospitals, but an ongoing nursing shortage could eventually become an issue.

Thursday also marks one week since Mayor G.T. Bynum issued a mask mandate for the city.

The mayor says he's impressed with how Tulsans have responded.

"I've heard from business owners that are grateful that the standard has been established,” said Bynum. “It's not on a business by business case as to who thinks someone should have a mask on or not. Now it's just the law of the city. That gives them some reassurance. We're happy to be the bad guy there, they can blame it on us."

Tulsa Police say they have not had any increase in calls in relation to this mask ordinance.