With the exception of Jenks, the county’s suburbs each beat Tulsa’s weekly COVID-19 case rate on local news in October
According to Rogers, Tulsa is very dense, with most public transportation, bars, restaurants, places of worship, and gyms – places where the virus can spread efficiently.
She said the rising rates in the suburbs could certainly lead to more COVID-19 patients in Tulsa hospitals outside the Tulsa city limits.
Tuesday marked the second straight night the state had COVID-19 hospitalizations across Oklahoma – a known trend since October.
Hospitals reported having 1,434 COVID patients, 447 of whom were in intensive care units. Both were records beating previous Monday highs of 1,381 and 390, respectively.
According to Dr. David Kendrick, CEO of MyHealth Access Network, inpatients for COVID-19 from populations not covered by local mask mandates are coming at a rate of two to one compared to communities with local mask orders.
Kendrick said MyHealth – a nonprofit health information exchange based in Tulsa – had data on more than 80% of the state’s COVID-19 hospital cases, which he used to calculate the 2: 1 ratio.
In the past 60 days, about 70% of COVID-19 hospital stays in the MyHealth database are patients from areas for which there are no masking requirements.