City Of Tulsa To Receive More Than $30 Million In CARES Act Money

Thursday, August 13th 2020, 4:15 pm
By: Jonathan Cooper

TULSA, Okla. -

The city of Tulsa will receive more than $30 million of CARES Act funds to help offset the costs of the pandemic, Governor Stitt announced on Thursday.

The city of Tulsa will be getting nearly $31 million as part of their allocation.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said this money will be put towards a variety of needs throughout the city, including safety modifications, small businesses and supporting vulnerable Tulsans.

About $5.6 million of it will go to providing internet access for 22,000 Tulsa families who don't have reliable access. That number includes students who are now having to start the school year by learning virtually.

Besides presenting a check to the Mayor Thursday, Governor Kevin Stitt also provided an update to the state's response to COVID-19.

He said the seven-day rolling average of new cases is the lowest level it's been in three weeks.

Still though, Commissioner of Health Colonel Lance Frye issued a public health advisory calling for an increase in testing capacity with faster turn-around times, and to wear masks if you live in a county in an orange or red zone.

These are statewide recommendations and not mandates.

"I continue to be proud of Oklahoma's response, but want to remind everyone that the pandemic is not over yet,” said Frye. “We must continue to take action and work together to support and protect each other."

You can read the entire list of recommendations here.

You can watch the full news conference here.