Tulsa World Editorial: Jenks, Sapulpa, Glenpool, Claremore Sensible To Comply with Mandate Suggestion For A Public Well being Masks (copy) | opinion



Joe Kralicek (left), director of the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency, Mayor GT Bynum and Bruce Dart (right), director of the Tulsa Health Department, attend a briefing.


MATT BARNARD, Tulsa World


We recommend churches in the Tulsa area that have completed mask mandates in the past few days.

While others have shirked their responsibilities, city guides in Jenks, Sapulpa, Claremore and Glenpool have acted wisely to reduce record-breaking infections, hospital stays and deaths from COVID-19.

Like Tulsa before them, they looked at the evidence, listened to the experts, and did the right thing. Many Thanks.

Masks and cleverness are the best ways to fight the disease. Government data shows that unmanded cities have an infection spread of up to 88% compared to around 21% in places with ordinances.

According to local hospital officials, 68% of COVID-19 patients come from areas without a mask mandate.

It is not lost to us that the local councilors who voted to approve mask mandates did so amid fierce opposition from misled residents who were victims of the politicization of a public health problem.

The better solution would be a nationwide mandate, but Governor Kevin Stitt refuses to show the courage of some of Tulsa’s suburbs.

President Donald Trump’s White House Coronavirus Task Force calls the spread of the state’s virus “relentless” and “exponential.” The task force has been pushing for a state mask mandate for months.

When the issue is passed on to local governments, it creates a patchwork approach that is policy-driven. The Tulsa area has a health system that doesn’t stop at the city limits.

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