Tulsa to drop mask mandate, cites declining hospital numbers
April 16, 2021
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa officials announced plans Thursday to drop the city's mask mandate at the end of the month, citing a rapid decline in the number of people being hospitalized for COVID-19.
Mayor G.T. Bynum said more than 450 people were hospitalized in Tulsa in January with COVID-19, but that number has plummeted to 40 people earlier this week as more people, particularly vulnerable populations, have been vaccinated.
"The absence of a mask order does not mean people should start burning their masks," Bynum said. "We should still exercise caution."
Bynum said individual businesse...