City, Health Dept. Leaders Give COVID-19 Update, Urge Tulsans To ‘Stay Vigilant’

Thursday, July 30th 2020, 4:12 pm
By: Jonathan Cooper

TULSA, Okla. -

As the state reports another 1,100 cases of COVID-19, totaling more than 35,000, Tulsa leaders provided new details on the city’s response.

In Tulsa County, the health department is reporting 316 new cases of the virus. The City and county provided an update on Thursday.

The health department says they continue to notice a trend that younger people are testing positive for the virus. In fact, about half of all active cases right now in Tulsa County are in people under the age of 35.

Dr. Bruce Dart said older people in general are doing a good job of maintaining social distancing and following guidelines and case numbers in the 65 and older age range are lower than earlier in the pandemic.

Still, there were 4 new deaths announced today in the county and all 4 were in people over the age of 65.

On Thursday, we also heard from Mayor GT Bynum who said he continues to be impressed with the way Tulsans are following the mask mandate.

He said they continue to watch hospitalization numbers because 1 week ago, the county reported its highest number of patients hospitalized so far this pandemic. Those numbers are once again going back down.

"The good news is that we're on a downward trajectory compared to where we were a week ago,” said Bynum. “The bad news is we are still at historically high levels of hospitalizations in Tulsa and so the things we are doing here locally are making a difference. The data is proving that out."

On Thursday, we also heard from County Commissioner Karen Keith. She is back at work after recovering from the virus herself.