Tulsa Officials Wary of Returning Spring Breakers Bringing COVID-19

Mar 22, 2020

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Tulsa officials are preparing for an influx of returning spring break travelers and with them, a potential surge in coronavirus infections.

Tulsa Health Department Executive Director Doctor Bruce Dart said people who have come back from a trip should practice social distancing for 14 days and monitor their health.

"Do not take transportation at this juncture. Do not get into taxis or ride shares during the time you’re practicing social distancing. We’re asking all those who traveled to be safe and responsible, not only protect yourself, but protect those around you," Dart said.

Dart said people coming back from a trip should take their temperature twice a day and contact a doctor if they have a fever over 100.4 degrees or develop symptoms like cough and difficulty breathing.

Mayor G.T. Bynum recommended employers follow the city’s practices before allowing essential personnel to return to work.

"Anyone who’s traveled out of the country or on a cruise is to first check with our city physician before they can return to work. Same for anyone who’s traveled domestically through any major airport hub. Same for anyone who traveled by car to a community that has community spread," Bynum said.

The city is extending those guidelines to people who didn’t travel themselves but live with someone who did and is showing symptoms like fever or cough. All city employees that must be at work, like police officers and firefighters, are having their temperatures checked daily.