Downtown Tulsa Business Trying To Help Limit Spread Of COVID-19


Wednesday, January 6th 2021, 9:34 pm
By: William Blanchette


TULSA, Okla. -

The Tulsa Health Department’s COVID-19 Zip Code Risk Map shows that downtown Tulsa is at extremely severe risk for COVID-19, leading businesses to take extra precautions.

23 zip codes in Tulsa County currently are dark red for extreme severe COVID-19 risk.

Jared Barton is the Catering Manager at the Vault in downtown. He said since the pandemic, they’ve been doing all they can to keep their customers safe.

“Lysol is our best friend, we make sure our guests wear their masks coming in and if they don’t have one, we will provide them one,” Barton said.

The Tulsa Health Department encourages residents in extremely high-risk zip codes to work from home if possible and utilize curbside pick-up or contactless delivery for restaurants, grocery shopping, medical supplies, and holiday shopping.

Barton said there’s been a dramatic drop for dine-in customers.

Barton said the spread of COVID-19 has forced them to stop hosting large parties and spread out their tables for social distancing.

“We are pretty confident in how we are handling it and the measures we have in place,” Barton said.

According to the Tulsa Health Department, on December 25, a total of more than 7% of Tulsa County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic and if current trends continue, it will surpass 8% on January 10.

Barton said most of their customers have been compliant with the rules. He believes this is time for all businesses in the area to step and do their part.

The Tulsa Health Department does update their COVID-19 Zip Code Risk Map daily. You can click here to find it.