TULSA, Okla. — -A new coronavirus report from the White House says Oklahoma has the 5th highest rate in the country of new cases per 100,000 people, and the 5th highest rate for the percentage of positive tests, with a reported 10 percent positivity rate.
-The report says Oklahoma had 142 new cases per 100,000 people within the past week, compared to a nationwide average of 74 per 100,000.
-Tulsa County, Oklahoma County, and Cleveland County reportedly had the highest number of new cases over the last three weeks, representing 42 percent of new cases in the state.
-The White House recommends establishing a state-wide mask mandate to help control the spread, using Arkansas as an example where statewide transmission has decreased through mask usage.
-They also recommend limiting capacity at bars and indoor dining in areas with “ongoing high levels of transmission.”
-The governor’s office says Gov. Kevin Stitt has not changed his stance on a mask mandate based on this report, and wants to leave mask rules up to individual cities and counties.
-The governor’s office says they’re unsure where the White House is getting information about test positivity, because their numbers are lower than the 10 percent positive listed in the report.
-They also say they only receive the White House report for Oklahoma, not other states, so they can’t fact-check or verify the state’s rankings compared to others.
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