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TULSA, okla. (KFOR) – All gatherings of 250 or more people on the Tulsa City property will either be canceled or postponed to April 15 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum instructed the great public gathering ban to include gatherings on city property and in urban facilities. The ban includes special events approved by the city. The ban will be reassessed on April 15, according to a press release from the city of Tulsa.
Bynum also recommended that organizers of upcoming Tulsa events attended by 250 or more people either cancel, postpone or change the event, or offer online streaming services.
Such events are described as large gatherings where people are in close contact (less than 6 feet), including concerts, conferences, sporting events, faith-based events, and other large gatherings.
The press release contained the following statement from Bynum:
“After consulting with the Tulsa Department of Health Director, I am issuing a policy today banning events with 250 or more people in city facilities and revoking special event permits for events with 250 or more people. This ban goes into effect today at 5:00 p.m. and will last until April 15th before it is re-evaluated.
This decision was not made lightly and is mainly based on two factors:
1. While we have no evidence of community spread in Tulsa, I understand that so little is known about the spread of COVID-19 – specifically, whether it can be spread by people who are not yet showing symptoms.
2. Since COVID-19 is a new virus, tests are not available in every drug store and doctor’s office for people who want to make sure they are clear. This inherently diminishes our ability to effectively track community spread.
While standard guidelines indicate that we can wait for the community to spread before restricting event size, we see cities across America being proactive and staying one step ahead of these guidelines. When it comes to public safety, I want Tulsa to be very careful and proactive too.
The 250 person threshold is a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control to other communities when trying to determine the correct restriction. We will continue to monitor and adjust the development of this event.
Limiting the size of events does not completely prevent contagion in Tulsa – it can, however, slow it down so that our health system can better serve those in need. Prevention begins with each of us: wash hands and stay away from others when sick. “
Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum
The press release also covered the following basic health tips and recommendations for self-care:
Basic health tips
Some long-standing basic health tips can go a long way in preventing COVID-19 transmission. Note that face masks and gloves are intended for health professionals to use and are not intended for the general public.
- Wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds. Although hand washing is best, you can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60% alcohol or more).
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with detergents based on bleach or alcohol.
- In meeting settings, avoid shaking hands, avoid meeting in large groups, and keep a 6 foot radius between you and the person you are speaking to.
Self care treatment
- Stay home if you have a fever of 100 ° F [37° C] or higher and have signs of respiratory disease.
- People with mild cases of respiratory problems should stay home and look after themselves.
- It is recommended that over-the-counter medications be used to manage fever, muscle pain, and cough.
- You can make an appointment with your doctor if your respiratory problems worsen and you have difficulty breathing.
- If you’ve recently traveled to an area with prolonged spread and develop a fever and symptoms of a respiratory illness such as cough or difficulty breathing, contact Tulsa Health Department 918-582-WELL (9355) or your doctor.
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