What medical groups say about reopening Oklahoma's economy


April 26, 2020

Whitney Bryen, Oklahoma Watch

A line of cars waits to exit Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City April 15 before driving to the State Capitol. The rally, organized by a group called OK Back 2 Work, was intended to push state leaders to lift business closures enacted because of the pandemic.

In the wake of Gov. Kevin Stitt's decision to start reopening Oklahoma's economy, Oklahoma Watch reached out for reaction from top medical groups and checked the remarks from Oklahoma City and Tulsa mayors. Here's what we gleaned:

Oklahoma State Medical Association

Dr. George Monks, president of medical association, stuck by his initial assertion that the governor's May 1 date for the first phase of reopening was hasty. But he said Stitt had to take into account more than just medical advice.

"He's got economic advisors and he's got medical advisors, and he's in a really tough position beca...

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