Tulsa COVID-19 Situation Update 11/19/2020

User: Tulsa Health Department

Published: 11/19/20, 7:17 PM

(TULSA, Okla.) To date, the Tulsa Health Department (THD) has confirmed 28,506 positive COVID-19 cases in Tulsa County. 23,668 residents have recovered and 246 have lost their lives. Data and trends are updated at www.tulsa-health.org/COVID19. The Tulsa Health Department publishes a weekly heat map of cases just below the case data dashboard. The dashboard is updated daily including weekends.

Here is an overview from the THD data team:

Since November 1st, there have been almost 6,000 cases.

This is more cases than ANY other month, and we still have a third of the month to go.

Tulsa County has officially surpassed 4% of the entire population testing positive last week.

The 7-day rolling average is 393 new cases every day

If this trend continues, Tulsa County will surpass 5% of the population testing positive within 11 days.

For reference, Tulsa County hit 1% on 7/20, 2% on 8/28, 3% on 10/13, 4% on 11/12

This means it was taking about a month or more to have a 1% increase in the entire population testing positive has shifted to only taking a few weeks.

Over 2,000 Tulsa County residents have been hospitalized for COVID-19

Last week, the Tulsa Health Department collected 390 samples for testing with a percent positivity rate at 29.46%. So far, the percent positivity rate for testing done at Tulsa Health Department only for November is at 24.04%. This is significantly higher than the percent positivity rate for THD testing in October which was 16.18%. (this does not reflect the positivity rate for the county).

The Tulsa Health Department zip code map is updated every Friday. The map was created to reflect the daily active case rate per 1,000 residents. As of the last update on Friday, there is 1 zip code in the green, 1 zip code that is yellow, 18 zip codes that are orange and 22 zip codes are red. You can view the map and the clear public health recommendations for each color on our website.

Community Use of Masks to Control the Spread of COVID-19

Per the CDC, people age 2 and older should wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household. Masks offer some protection to you and are also meant to protect those around you, in case you have COVID-19, but don’t know it. A mask is NOT a substitute for social distancing and should still be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart from others. However, masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with other people who live in your household.

Tulsa County cities with mask mandates at the time of this update:


Prevent Getting Sick

Considerations for Participating in Thanksgiving Activities

Consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 epidemic is worsening, and small household gatherings are an important contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Public health officials offer the considerations to slow the spread of COVID-19 during small gatherings.
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Testing and Locations

If you want to be tested, the Tulsa Health Department will test you. We do not charge for COVID-19 testing. Tulsa Health Department conducts specimen collection for testing by appointment only; same- or next-day appointments available. Location and appointment time varies by day. Instructions for services will be provided at the time the appointment is made. Call the Tulsa Health Department at 918-582-9355 to set up an appointment or schedule online.

It’s important to remember, if you are being tested for COVID-19, you should self-isolate while waiting on your test results; especially if you have been exposed or concerned that you may have COVID-19. If you were exposed to a known positive case and you test negative, it is still important to stay home for the full duration of your 14-day quarantine as the virus can develop 2-14 days after exposure.

Tulsa Health Department

South Testing Location
8414 E 101st St. S., Tulsa, OK 74133

North Regional Health and Wellness Center
5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Tulsa, OK 74126

Schedule Appointment Online

Testing in Tulsa County also available at the following locations below.

Hours, eligibility requirements, cost and other details may vary. Please visit the organization's website or contact them directly for more information. For testing statewide, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

4502 E. 41st St, Tulsa, OK 74135

OU-Tulsa Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Clinic
591 E. 36th St N, Tulsa, OK 74106

OSU Center for Health Sciences
1111 W 17th St, Tulsa, OK 74107

Walmart Locations:
Multiple locations in Tulsa County –

CVS Locations:
Multiple locations in Tulsa County - Click link above for available locations

Access Medical Care
2929 S Garnett Rd, Tulsa, OK 74129

Morton Comprehensive Health Services
1334 North Lansing Ave, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74106

Tulsa ER & Hospital
717 West 71st St S, Tulsa, OK 74132

Med Express
2140 South Yale Ave, Tulsa, OK 74114

MCI Diagnostics
7018 South Utica Ave Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136


6732 East 41st St, Tulsa, OK 74145

Governor Stitt Implements Additional Actions to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

On Monday, November 16, Governor Kevin Stitt joined Commissioner of Health Lance Frye to announce Seventh Amended Executive Order 2020-20, which increases safety measures for restaurants, bars and state employees in Oklahoma to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The new action items under Seventh Amended EO 2020-20 include:

Starting Thursday, Nov. 19, all restaurants will be required to space tables at least six feet apart, unless tables, booths and bar areas are separated by sanitized dividers.

Starting Thursday, Nov. 19, all bars and restaurants will be required to close by 11 p.m. No in-person service of food or alcohol will be allowed after 11 p.m. except for restaurant drive-thru windows or curbside pickup.

Starting Tuesday, Nov. 17, all 33,000 state employees under the executive branch will be required to wear a mask in common areas or when they’re around other people. All visitors to state agency buildings will also be required to wear a mask. (The Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Oklahoma Senate also announced today masks will be required for employees and visitors at the State Capitol.)

THD's Food Protection Services shared tips for food safety when reopening restaurants in May. These safety tips are still applicable when making considerations to keep employees and customers safe and healthy.

City of Tulsa Update

City Following State of Oklahoma’s Executive Order

The City of Tulsa is enforcing the State of Oklahoma’s latest executive order that goes into effect today, which requires 6 feet of space to be placed between tables, booths or bar tops at restaurants and bars, unless the tables are separated by properly sanitized dividers. No in-person service of food or alcohol will be allowed after 11 p.m. except for restaurant drive-thru windows or curbside pickup.

Permit Center Update

To continue to ensure the safety of both visitors and staff, the Permit Center on the 4th floor of City Hall will remain closed for in-person business through the end of the year.

The Permit Center will continue to provide customer services throughout the in-person closure. Applicants can use the Online Portal for all permit applications except Commercial Priority Review, Commercial Repair, Certificate of Occupancy, Residential Fast Track, and Demolition Permits. All of the exceptions above must email their applications to cotdevsvcs@cityoftulsa.org.

For questions, residents can call (918) 596-9456. Additionally, customers may request virtual Pre-Development, CCP, or other project meetings by email or phone.

All inspectors, plan reviewers and others will continue to take health precautions when they visit your property. All City staff undergo a temperature check before each shift and wear a face covering when in the presence of others. Inspectors will enter commercial occupancies but not enter residences. Any staff with a confirmed COVID case will be placed in quarantine and will not make inspections.

CARES Act Updates

Phase II of the City’s community programming funded by the CARES Act has been approved totaling $3,539,192.

The funds allocation of $2,289,192 ensures the continuation of the homelessness response operations through the end of June 2021. This includes day and night services at the overflow shelter in the former Tulsa County juvenile detention center and quarantine hotel facilities to prevent overcrowding in shelters and community spread of COVID-19.

The second allocation of $1,235,000 will make necessary improvements to citywide facilities to ensure public safety, such as ultraviolet light kits to sanitize airflow and temperature monitoring stations.

For more information on CARES programs, visit: https://www.cityoftulsa.org/cares

Donations Accepted

Corporate, industrial or medical partners wishing to donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may email covid19donations@cityoftulsa.org. At this time, we are unable to accept donations from private households or individuals due to quality control issues and potential contamination. Items collected will be distributed to the Regional Medical Response System.

Hotline Hours

Anyone with questions, concerns or seeking COVID-19 testing can call 918-582-9355 during normal business hours to speak with a public health professional. 211 is a community resource for questions outside of normal business hours.


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