Mayor G.T. Bynum said the novel coronavirus has grown to an "unacceptable new normal" of positive cases in the past several weeks. Dr. Bruce Dart, Tulsa Health Department executive director, cautioned that if people fail to normalize mask wearing, hand washing and physical distancing then "we have great potential to be overwhelmed" in the public-health and health-care systems.
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There have been 3,544 cases in the county since the pandemic began about four months ago. The health department's models project the possibility of about 6,000 to 11,000 new cases in just six weeks.
Hillcrest HealthCare System has laid off 60 employees, including two at Bailey Medical Center in Owasso, during a “strategic restructuring” be…
In a statement Monday evening, Hillcrest HealthCare System said the reduction in force is 60 employees, just less than 1% of its workforce of 6,700. The system in early April announced temporary furloughs for about 600 employees for up to 90 days.
Dr. Bruce Dart last week said Tulsa Health Department began with three or four contact tracers. Now? There’s about 60, many of them volunteers through OKMRC.
Tulsa County's new cases the week of June 14-20 climbed by 92%, of which 40% were in the age 18-35 demographic. The 18-35 demographic saw an increase of nearly 90%.
The most new cases are coming from weddings, funerals, faith-based activities, bars, gyms, house gatherings and other small events — otherwise dubbed as the "serious seven" by health officials.
New coronavirus infections have risen rapidly and June and hospitalizations have more than doubled since the end of May.
The county's seven-day rolling average of new daily positive cases is almost eight times higher now than on May 31, up to 106 from 14. On Sunday the seven-day average was at a record 112 cases.