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ALEJANDRA: IT HAS BEEN NEARLY THREE WEEKS SINCE OKLAHOMA CITY LEADERS PASSED A MASK ORDINANCE REQUIRING MASKS TO BE WORN IN INDOOR PUBLIC CASES. RIGHT NOW THE CITY AND THE STATE SEEING A RISE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES. JOINING US LIVE TO TALK ABOUT THE CITY’S RESPONSES OKLAHOMA CITY MAYOR DAVID HOLT. MAYOR, GOOD MORNING. IT HAS BEEN AND WHY SINCE WE HAVE HAD YOU WANT. HOW ARE YOU DOING? MAYOR HOLT: I’M DOING GREAT. ALEJANDRA: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MASK ORDINANCE. IN EFFECT FOR THREE WEEKS AND WE HAVE ANOTHER MONTH BEFORE IT IS IN EFFECT. BASED ON THE CURRENT INFECTION NUMBERS, ARE YOU LOOKING INTO POSSIBLY EXTENDING IT? MAYOR HOLT: FIRST OF ALL, IT HAS BEEN TWO WEEKS AND THREE DAYS, BUT WHO IS COUNTING? I AM COUNTING OF COURSE BECAUSE IT TAKES ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO REALLY SEE THE IMPACT OF ANY RESTRICTIONS THAT YOU PUT IN PLACE. IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT ONCE YOU HAVE STARTED SOMETHING, LIKE IN THIS CASE A MASK ORDINANCE, IT MAY TATE — IT MAY TAKE 10 OR 14 DAYS FOR PEOPLE TO SHOW SIGNS OF HAVING CONTRACTED THE VIRUS. AND THEN IT MAY TAKE THEM A LITTLE LONGER TO GET TESTED, IT MAY TAKE LONGER THAN THAT. SOMETIMES AN UNFORTUNATE AMOUNT OF TIME FOR US TO GET THE TEST RESULTS. ALL OF THAT DOESN’T REALLY SHOW IN THE DATA THAT WE RECEIVE FOR THREE TO FOUR WEEKS. IT WILL BE THREE WEEKS THIS COMING FRIDAY WHEN WE PASSED THE MASK ORDINANCE. WE HAVE NOT NECESSARILY SEEN THE BENEFITS OF THAT YET IN THE DATA, BUT WE KNOW IT’S COMING. AND WE ARE ANXIOUS TO SEE IT BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN AT AN ELEVATED LEVEL FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS. WE FIRST STARTED TALKING ABOUT IT IN MID JUNE WHEN THEY SAW THE RAMP UP IN CASES, AND HOSPITALIZATIONS HAVE FOLLOWED SUIT. LOOK AT OUR HOSPITALIZATIONS. WE HAVE BEEN AT ABOUT 200 PEOPLE IN THE OKLAHOMA CITY METRO HOSPITALIZED EVERY FOR COVID-19. THAT HAS BEEN CONSISTENT, A NUMBER BETWEEN 190 AND 220 HAS BEEN OUR HOSPITALIZATIONS FOR COVID-19 FOR ABOUT A MONTH. THAT IS WHAT WE WANT TO SEE COME DOWN, AS WELL AS CASES. WE ARE ANXIOUS TO SEE THOSE RESULTS. YOU ASKED ABOUT EXTENDING IT. THAT IS A CONVERSATION THAT THE COUNCIL WILL HAVE I’M SURE AT SOME POINT. IT GOES THROUGH LABOR DAY, AND SO WE WILL HAVE TO SEE. THAT IS PROBABLY — THAT CONVERSATION SOUNDS LIKE IT IS PROBABLY A FEW WEEKS AGO — IF YOU WEEDS — A FEW WEEKS AWAY. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE VOTES. I’LL HUNDRED CO. YOU MET — ALEJANDRA: YOU MENTIONED THE HOSPITALS AND THE TIME IT TAKES TO GET TEST RESULTS. ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT HOSPITAL CAPACITY? MAYOR HOLT: WELL, YES AND NO. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE TRAJECTORY WE WERE ON. WHEN I LISTEN TO HOSPITAL OFFICIALS, THEY WERE CONCERNED AND THAT IS WHAT MATTERS. THEY HAVE BEEN VERY CONCERNED FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS NOW, EVER SINCE WE WENT THROUGH A PERIOD WHERE WE DOUBLED AND THEN WE DOUBLED AGAIN, AND THAT GOT US TO THE POINT WHERE WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT 200 PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITAL EVERY SINGLE DAY. IF YOU LOOK AT THE CHART, IT IS REMARKABLY FLAT LINE. WHY THAT IS REMARKABLE, IT IS A DIFFERENT 200 PEOPLE EVERY DAY. IT IS NOT THE SAME 200 PEOPLE. WE HAVE BEEN CONSISTENT IN HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN THE HOSPITAL FOR COVID-19. 200, IF YOU LISTEN TO HOSPITAL OFFICIALS LOCALLY, IS OK. IT IS MANAGEABLE. WHAT HAS ALWAYS PUT US IN A PLACE OF CONCERN AND WHY WE WANTED TO MOVE FORWARD ON THE MASK ORDINANCE WAS THAT ANYTHING MORE THAN THAT AND WE REALLY DO START TO STRESS THE SYSTEM. IF WE DOUBLED AGAIN AND WENT TO 400, THEN WE ARE IN A BIT OF A SPOT. THAT IS BECAUSE OF STAFFING AS MUCH AS ANYTHING. WE CAN ALWAYS PUT MORE HOSPITAL BEDS OUT. THERE WAS A TIME PERIOD EARLY IN THIS PANDEMIC WHEN STATE OFFICIALS WERE TOURING THE COX CONVENTION CENTER IS A PLACE TO PUT PATIENTS. WE CAN ALWAYS FIND MORE ROOM FOR PATIENTS, BUT WE HAVE A REAL STRUGGLE FINDING THE PEOPLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM. WE CANNOT SIMPLY DEPUTIZE PEOPLE AND MAKE THEM NURSES AND DOCTORS COME AND WE CERTAINLY CAN’T DRAW FROM OTHER CITIES BECAUSE THEY ARE HAVING TULSA AND DALLAS HAVING JUST AS MANY CHALLENGES AS WE ARE. SO WE REALLY HAVE TO KEEP THESE NUMBERS WHERE THEY ARE AND HOPEFULLY GET THEM DOWN. I HOPE THAT IS WHAT WE WILL DO THROUGH THE EFFECTS OF UNIVERSAL MASKING, WHICH HAS BEEN PROVEN TO REDUCE TRANSITION OF S TRANSMISSION AROUND THE WORLD. ALEJANDRA: MORE STATES ARE ENACTING STRICTER RESTRICTIONS AS THEY SEE A HIGHER NUMBER OF CASES — TEXAS, CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA. THE GOVERNOR WAS ACCUSED OF IGNORING RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE, WHICH INCLUDES THE CLOSING OF BARS, THE LIMITING OF GYMS. DO YOU SEE A POTENTIAL NEED TO REENACT STRONGER RESTRICTIONS IN OKLAHOMA CITY? MAYOR HOLT: YES. I MEAN, I THINK WE SHOULD ALWAYS BE HAVING THAT CONVERSATION AND EVERY TACTIC SHOULD BE ON THE TABLE. WE ARE CHALLENGED — AND I SAID THIS WAY BACK ON MAY 1 WHEN THE GOVERNOR LIFTED RESTRICTIONS. CERTAIN THINGS YOU CAN DO HAVE NO PUBLIC HEALTH BENEFIT IF IT IS NOT BEING DONE ACROSS YOUR WHOLE METROPOLITAN AREA. FOR EXAMPLE, CLOSING BARS. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT WOULD REDUCE THE TRANSITION OF COVID-19, BUT IF WE JUST CLOSE THE BARS IN OKLAHOMA CITY, THEN PEOPLE WILL GO TO BARS AND OTHER CITIES. WE HAVE INTERIOR SUBURBS, WE AREN’ INTERESTING COMMUNITY. THAT IS WHY IT REALLY HAS TO COME FROM THE STATE LEVEL WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT CLOSURES BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T CLOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR METRO, YOU’RE JUST TRANSFERRING THE ACTIVITY TO ANOTHER PLACE. SO THAT IS ONE OF THE STRUGGLES WE HAVE. I AM STILL HAVING THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH COUNSEL ABOUT FURTHER RESTRICTIONS, AND I’M CERTAINLY OPEN-MINDED TO IT. I AM VERY HOPEFUL ABOUT THE ORDINANCE. IF YOU TALK TO ANYBODY IN PUBLIC HEALTH, THEY WILL SAY THAT IS BY FAR THE MOST IMPACTFUL THING YOU CAN DO. DO WE HAVE DONE THE MOST IMPACTFUL THING YOU CAN DO, BUT I’M STILL OPEN-MINDED ABOUT TALKING ABOUT THESE OTHER THINGS. THAT THERE IS A REAL CHALLENGE AND NOT DOING IT ON A REGIONAL LEVEL, AND I DON’T HAVE THAT AUTHORITY, NOR DOES THE COUNCIL. WE REALLY DO DEPEND ON THE GOVERNOR TO SOME EXTENT, TO HELP US BRING CONTINUITY TO THE RESTRICTIONS ACROSS THE METROPOLITAN AREA. ALEJANDRA: THIS IS SOMETHING WE WILL BE DEALING WITH FOR QUITE SOME TIME. WE WILL KEEP UPDATED WITH YOU. I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THIS AS WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME. REPRESENTATIVE SHAWN ROBERTS SAYING THAT MAYBE WE NEED TO RE-EXAMINE THE TAX BENEFITS GIVEN TO THE THUNDER IF THEY KNEEL AT THE GAME. THEY DID KNEEL. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? MAYOR HOLT: ABOUT THE TAX BENEFITS? THAT IS ULTIMATELY A STATE QUESTION. HE’S REFERRING TO AN AMENDMENT THAT IS PASSED WHEN THE THUNDER ARRIVED TO OUR STATE’S EPIC QUALITY JOBS ACT THAT GIVES THE THUNDER FINANCIAL SUPPORT. I WAS A SENATOR, SO I CAN ATTEST THAT TO MY KNOWLEDGE, REPRESENTATIVE ROBERTS DOES NOT REMOTELY HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON THAT THREAT, AND IT WAS MORE KIND OF A PUBLICITY STUNT. I DO KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE OF OKLAHOMA CITY STRONGLY SUPPORT OUR THUNDER AND WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT THEY ARE HERE, AND THE THINGS THAT WERE DONE IN 2008 TO GET THEM HERE ARE CERTAINLY PROMISES THAT THIS COMMUNITY AND THIS STATE SHOULD KEEP. AS FAR AS THE WAY THAT THEY ARE CHALLENGING US TO CONSIDER — TO CONTINUE WORKING TOWARD RACIAL EQUALITY IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK WE NEED TO WELCOME AND NEED TO LISTEN TO. ALEJANDRA: MAYOR DAVID HOLT, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING. WE LOOK TO SPEAK WITH YOU AGAIN SOON AS WE C

Oklahoma reports 377 new coronavirus cases, one additional death

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Monday reported 377 new coronavirus cases across the state, bringing the total cumulative number of the state’s positive cases to 38,602.>> CORONAVIRUS MAP OF OKLAHOMA: Check cases by countyOne additional death was reported Monday. Health officials said the death was identified in the past 24 hours.One in Pottawatomie County, one male in the 65 or older age group.According to the health department, there have been 551 coronavirus deaths statewide.Get the details from Oklahoma State Department of Health.Officials also reported that 31,165 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus. By Oklahoma health officials’ definition, a recovered patient is currently not hospitalized or deceased and it has been 14 days after onset/report.Health officials on Monday reported that there were 599,461 total negative specimens. Officials said there have been 3,275 total hospitalizations, and that 628 people are currently hospitalized.According to the health department’s report Monday, 35.69% of those who tested positive are between the ages of 18 and 35, 21.78% are 36 to 49 years old, 17.75% are 50 to 64 years old, 13.76% are 65 years old or older, 8.68% are 5 to 17 years old and 2.34% are 4 years old or younger.TOTAL CUMULATIVE NUMBER OF CASES BY COUNTY (As of Monday, Aug. 3) Adair: 305 cases, 5 deaths Alfalfa: 3 cases Atoka: 64 cases Beaver: 36 cases Beckham: 45 cases. 1 death Blaine: 38 cases Bryan: 385 cases, 1 death Caddo: 373 cases, 14 deaths Canadian: 1,089 cases, 5 deaths Carter: 308 cases, 3 deaths Cherokee: 351 cases, 1 death Choctaw: 166 cases, 1 death Cimarron: 1 case Cleveland: 2,725 cases, 49 deaths Coal: 27 cases Comanche: 778 cases, 10 deaths Cotton: 17 cases, 2 deaths Craig: 77 cases Creek: 500 cases, 13 deaths Custer: 192 cases Delaware: 403 cases, 19 deaths Dewey: 8 cases Ellis: 3 cases Garfield: 372 cases, 4 deaths Garvin: 208 cases, 4 deaths Grady: 412 cases, 6 deaths Grant: 12 cases Greer: 81 cases, 8 deaths Harmon: 25 cases Harper: 9 cases Haskell: 43 cases Hughes: 111 cases, 1 death Jackson: 486 cases, 4 deaths Jefferson: 31 cases Johnston: 40 cases Kay: 217 cases, 10 deaths Kingfisher: 111 cases Kiowa: 27 cases, 1 death Latimer: 71 cases, 1 death Le Flore: 249 cases, 1 death Lincoln: 132 cases, 2 deaths Logan: 189 cases, 1 death Love: 65 cases Major: 25 cases, 1 death Marshall: 97 cases Mayes: 285 cases, 6 deaths McClain: 397 cases, 4 deaths McCurtain: 829 cases, 25 deaths McIntosh: 151 cases, 1 death Murray: 60 cases Muskogee: 448 cases, 16 deaths Noble: 77 cases, 2 deaths Nowata: 56 cases, 1 death Okfuskee: 57 cases Oklahoma: 9,439 cases, 98 deaths Okmulgee: 396 cases, 3 deaths Osage: 367 cases, 11 deaths Other: 16 cases Ottawa: 347 cases, 2 deaths Pawnee: 122 cases, 3 deaths Payne: 672 cases, 3 deaths Pittsburg: 201 cases, 3 deaths Pontotoc: 177 cases, 2 deaths Pottawatomie: 400 cases, 8 deaths Pushmataha: 100 cases Roger Mills: 8 cases Rogers: 823 cases, 14 deaths Seminole: 193 cases, 5 deaths Sequoyah: 264 cases, 4 deaths Stephens: 175 cases, 2 deaths Texas: 1,036 cases, 7 deaths Tillman: 56 cases, 1 death Tulsa: 9,159 cases, 101 deaths Wagoner: 738 cases, 22 deaths Washington: 575 cases, 39 deaths Washita: 24 cases Woods: 15 cases Woodward: 32 casesW2lmcmFtZSBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vZDJjbXZicTdzeHgzM2ouY2xvdWRmcm9udC5uZXQvZW1haWwvcHJvZF9jb3JvbmF2aXJ1c19pZnJhbWVfYXJ0aWNsZS5odG1sIiBoZWlnaHQ9IjQxNCIgc3R5bGU9IndpZHRoOjEwMCU7Ym9yZGVyOm5vbmU7b3ZlcmZsb3c6aGlkZGVuIiBzY3JvbGxpbmc9Im5vIiBmcmFtZWJvcmRlcj0iMCIgYWxsb3dUcmFuc3BhcmVuY3k9InRydWUiXVsvaWZyYW1lXQ==

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Monday reported 377 new coronavirus cases across the state, bringing the total cumulative number of the state’s positive cases to 38,602.

>> CORONAVIRUS MAP OF OKLAHOMA: Check cases by county

One additional death was reported Monday. Health officials said the death was identified in the past 24 hours.

  • One in Pottawatomie County, one male in the 65 or older age group.

According to the health department, there have been 551 coronavirus deaths statewide.

Get the details from Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Officials also reported that 31,165 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus. By Oklahoma health officials’ definition, a recovered patient is currently not hospitalized or deceased and it has been 14 days after onset/report.

Health officials on Monday reported that there were 599,461 total negative specimens. Officials said there have been 3,275 total hospitalizations, and that 628 people are currently hospitalized.

According to the health department’s report Monday, 35.69% of those who tested positive are between the ages of 18 and 35, 21.78% are 36 to 49 years old, 17.75% are 50 to 64 years old, 13.76% are 65 years old or older, 8.68% are 5 to 17 years old and 2.34% are 4 years old or younger.

TOTAL CUMULATIVE NUMBER OF CASES BY COUNTY (As of Monday, Aug. 3)

  • Adair: 305 cases, 5 deaths
  • Alfalfa: 3 cases
  • Atoka: 64 cases
  • Beaver: 36 cases
  • Beckham: 45 cases. 1 death
  • Blaine: 38 cases
  • Bryan: 385 cases, 1 death
  • Caddo: 373 cases, 14 deaths
  • Canadian: 1,089 cases, 5 deaths
  • Carter: 308 cases, 3 deaths
  • Cherokee: 351 cases, 1 death
  • Choctaw: 166 cases, 1 death
  • Cimarron: 1 case
  • Cleveland: 2,725 cases, 49 deaths
  • Coal: 27 cases
  • Comanche: 778 cases, 10 deaths
  • Cotton: 17 cases, 2 deaths
  • Craig: 77 cases
  • Creek: 500 cases, 13 deaths
  • Custer: 192 cases
  • Delaware: 403 cases, 19 deaths
  • Dewey: 8 cases
  • Ellis: 3 cases
  • Garfield: 372 cases, 4 deaths
  • Garvin: 208 cases, 4 deaths
  • Grady: 412 cases, 6 deaths
  • Grant: 12 cases
  • Greer: 81 cases, 8 deaths
  • Harmon: 25 cases
  • Harper: 9 cases
  • Haskell: 43 cases
  • Hughes: 111 cases, 1 death
  • Jackson: 486 cases, 4 deaths
  • Jefferson: 31 cases
  • Johnston: 40 cases
  • Kay: 217 cases, 10 deaths
  • Kingfisher: 111 cases
  • Kiowa: 27 cases, 1 death
  • Latimer: 71 cases, 1 death
  • Le Flore: 249 cases, 1 death
  • Lincoln: 132 cases, 2 deaths
  • Logan: 189 cases, 1 death
  • Love: 65 cases
  • Major: 25 cases, 1 death
  • Marshall: 97 cases
  • Mayes: 285 cases, 6 deaths
  • McClain: 397 cases, 4 deaths
  • McCurtain: 829 cases, 25 deaths
  • McIntosh: 151 cases, 1 death
  • Murray: 60 cases
  • Muskogee: 448 cases, 16 deaths
  • Noble: 77 cases, 2 deaths
  • Nowata: 56 cases, 1 death
  • Okfuskee: 57 cases
  • Oklahoma: 9,439 cases, 98 deaths
  • Okmulgee: 396 cases, 3 deaths
  • Osage: 367 cases, 11 deaths
  • Other: 16 cases
  • Ottawa: 347 cases, 2 deaths
  • Pawnee: 122 cases, 3 deaths
  • Payne: 672 cases, 3 deaths
  • Pittsburg: 201 cases, 3 deaths
  • Pontotoc: 177 cases, 2 deaths
  • Pottawatomie: 400 cases, 8 deaths
  • Pushmataha: 100 cases
  • Roger Mills: 8 cases
  • Rogers: 823 cases, 14 deaths
  • Seminole: 193 cases, 5 deaths
  • Sequoyah: 264 cases, 4 deaths
  • Stephens: 175 cases, 2 deaths
  • Texas: 1,036 cases, 7 deaths
  • Tillman: 56 cases, 1 death
  • Tulsa: 9,159 cases, 101 deaths
  • Wagoner: 738 cases, 22 deaths
  • Washington: 575 cases, 39 deaths
  • Washita: 24 cases
  • Woods: 15 cases
  • Woodward: 32 cases
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