Oklahoma City Council to consider extending mask mandate
November 22, 2020
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday is to vote on whether to extend a city-wide mask mandate in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The council will consider extending the mandate that was first approved in July and twice has been extended from Dec. 7 to Jan. 22.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Oklahoma has risen from 1,735 new cases per day on Nov. 8 to 2,886 on Sunday, based on data from Johns Hopkins University. The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths increased from 13 to 15 per day during the same time period.
The state health department on Monday reported 3,544 new cases and 15 additional deaths due to the illness caused by the virus for totals of 177,874 cases and 1,649 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The true number of infections is likely higher because many people haven't been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
The health department reported 1,495 people hospitalized either with the virus or under investigation for infection.