Mayor David Holt elevates OKC’s COVID-19 emergency as face mask expires
The first time standing at this podium was a year and a month and 15 days ago, I explained that in the face of a global pandemic, rapidly killing thousands of people in cities around the world and in the absence of vaccines or medicines. We must There is no choice but to use the same tactics that humans used a century ago and many times before, keeping their distance from each other. Do not gather together, wash your hands and finally wear a mask. So, to minimize the number, we spit out the virus to each other, as you know well, four months and 16 days ago, the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Oklahoma City. Since that day, hundreds of thousands of our townspeople have received it. As a direct result, the new daily cases dropped 90 from the highs and hospital admissions fell at a similar percentage point. At our worst time this winter, we had 1,000 new cases per day in Oklahoma City and over 700 hospitalized patients for COVID-19. Fewer than 100 new cases per day, and this week, fewer than 100 are hospitalized. This week, COVID-19 is still part of our lives. Remains a challenge to our overall health. But the vaccine has dramatically changed the condition. Our challenges are different now. And with that, we are moving forward to a new chapter in dealing with the epidemic. As you know, the Oklahoma City ordinance required to wear masks in public indio has expired. Most of the suburban masking ceremonies have expired. Tulsa’s masking law will expire now as well. Of course, private businesses may be required to use masks and it is our legal obligation to comply with their requirements if we wish to enter their personal property. They are the law and it has always been. But in the future, that requirement will depend on the owner of the property. In addition, I will sign a statement after this press release ending the state of emergency for our city starting on March 15, 2020.There are no restrictions on such emergencies since 2020, so this act is largely symbolic. You may not even remember. We still have local emergencies, but we do need an official termination and our legal staff feel that the termination with the tariff expiration is appropriate. Keep in mind that there are still broad emergencies and these emergency classifications for different levels of government function and for different purposes. My actions today have no effect on state-wide emergencies. Now the role of municipal governments in stopping the spread of the virus has always ended as it was intended. The opportunity to enter this new chapter is a sign of success and we should be happy. Of course it’s not a sign of the end. The virus is still with us and maybe a while. But with the widespread vaccine available now, a sustained response will be led by public health officials as well as many other public health challenges we face before I give the platform to our chief health officer. Let me sum it up with some thoughts on vaccination and gratitude. First of all, it is possible that we can undergo the miracle of vaccination to achieve these safe, proven vaccines. Get it to the public in just nine months. They are free and they are now easily available for all adults in our Oklahoma urban community. I got my full vaccine last week and I think my life will change. The possibilities for me are now endless again. There are billions of people all over the world who hope they speak just like you watch. We say these words right now, all you have to do is click your phone and drive a short distance away from vaccination – something that people around the world desperate for. Therefore, if you have not yet started the vaccination procedure, please do not waste the amazing opportunity given to you. Many people around the world like to stand here with vaccinations that are readily available. If you got sick with COVID-19, if you went to the hospital, or worse, you died entirely because you chose not to be vaccinated, that would really be a tragedy. But we still have work to do in this epidemic. I realize that a downward trend and an increased level of vaccination means that it’s all possible. This is probably the last time I spoke at this platform under these circumstances. If so, I won’t give up, I’ll be sad if I didn’t take a moment to thank the Oklahoma City County Department of Health, led by Gary Roscoe and his board, and Dr. Patrick Madoff and his team I would like to thank City Manager Craig Freeman and his team, in particular, Kenny fooling Frank Barnes and our Emergency Management and Public Information Office staff. Thank you as well to our municipal advisory office and all city employees and first responders at the forefront of dealing with this outbreak. Thank you, too, to the Oklahoma City Council, mayors and council members and officials for our city and suburban communities. Team Oklahoma County Mayor GT Bynum and our partners in Tulsa. Special thanks to Governor Kevin Stitt, Commissioner of Health. Fraud on the State Health Department and all government employees and elected officials. Thanks to our federally elected officials. Thank you to our business leaders Chambers and Bruce Lawrence for guiding me during times of crisis and for being a liaison with our business community. Of course, a big thanks to our healthcare professionals for the many dedication and sacrifice and some of the darkest days of this outbreak. Thanks to our teachers and other educational staff, thanks to our faithful leaders. Thank you to members of the press Thank you to everyone in this community. We all live together and will surely pass on this shared experience for the rest of our lives. I have never forgotten this year in my life and thank you for all the support of me and my family. When I ask to be your mayor, I ask for these responsibilities and I consider making them the greatest honor of my life. But I can’t do it without you and your support. The countless encouraging messages I have received since March 2020 mean the world to me and I hope you know so. And of course thank you too, Rachel, George and Maggie who have always been the light in my life. As I turn to Dr. McGough, I didn’t just flip this podium. The new stage in our response is a different one and will be fully led by public health. We will all be on the lookout and if the unexpected happens, we know what to do and I will always respond when thousands of lives are in danger. But today, with the lifting of emergencies and exploring the masked ritual, there is no question that we are entering a new chapter, and we have no team better able to lead us into that chapter than a elite group of public health experts. Excellent, hard-working and practical. Here at the Oklahoma City County Independent Health Department. They took us through this incredible challenge and will continue to carry us for months.
Mayor David Holt elevates OKC’s COVID-19 emergency as face mask expires
Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt announced Friday morning that he was signing a statement to escalate the city’s emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak in Oklahoma City also expired on Friday. As well However, officials said that private businesses still had to use masks on their property, Holt warned people that even though the Oklahoma City state of emergency expires. But there are still emergencies throughout the state.Patrick McGough of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department provides an update on vaccination efforts, saying their department has provided more than half a million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. In Oklahoma County Health workers still recommend wearing a mask in situations where it is difficult to be 6 feet outside the home.
Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt announced Friday morning that he was signing a statement to escalate the city’s emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Oklahoma City’s mask mandate also expired on Friday. However, officials said private businesses still had to use masks on their assets.
Holt warned people that although Oklahoma City’s state of emergency was expired, But there are still emergencies throughout the state.
Dr. Patrick McGough with the Oklahoma City-County Department of Health provided an update on vaccination efforts, saying their department had provided more than half of the COVID-19 vaccine. Millions of dosages in Oklahoma County
Health workers still recommend wearing a mask in situations where it is difficult to be 6 feet outside the home.
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