Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said Friday social distancing and sheltering in place have kept the worst outcomes of COVID-19 at bay, and he is beginning to look to the future “cautiously and thoughtfully.”
“There are multiple layers to this. One is the national response, one is the individual response, and one is the state and local response,” he said at a press conference. “Nationally, everyone is talking about the next phase, and so are we. “Many speak of it as a dimmer, not a light switch.”
Holt said guidance from President Trump as well as Gov. Kevin Stitt and Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum will factor in to those decisions.
“In summary, President Trump’s explicit request is that Oklahoma City not move into a multi-phased reopening until there is a 14-day period where symptoms are declining, as well as a 14-day period where cases or positive test result rates are declining, as well as confidence that our hospitals can handle the situation, as well as a robust testing program for health care workers,” he said.