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D4 Update - April 14, 2020

Dear District 4 Constituents,

We are expecting to see the peak contagion period this week, so it's especially important we continue to follow the City's Safer at Home Executive Order instead of being reckless and undoing all our good work. Please stay home, continue practicing social distancing, and only go out for necessities needed to survive at home. Our daily hospitalization peak is expected to be in early May, and health care workers are still depending on you to keep them capable of meeting the demand. Thank you so much for the sacrifices you have made and are continuing to make during this time. You are playing a huge role in everyone's health and safety.

Links to this Wednesday's virtual Tulsa City Council meeting agendas can be found at this link. Public comments on 5 p.m. regular Council agenda items can be submitted via email to info@tulsacouncil.org or voicemail at 918-596-1976. Comments will still be limited to five minutes total for all items on the agenda. Agendas are typically posted before close of business on Fridays. Public comments need to be submitted by 5 p.m. on the following Tuesday.

Below you'll find information and links to:
- 4/14/2020 COVID-19 Briefing from the Tulsa Health Department, Mayor Bynum and Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith and key takeaways
- 2020 Census website where you can complete the census

Sincerely,
-KJ


KEY TAKEAWAYS

City of Tulsa Update

Tulsa Municipal Courts is now closed through April 30. Every court date has been pushed back an additional 30 days from the original rescheduled date. Residents with questions should contact Tulsa Municipal Courts at (918) 596-1625 or email questions to tulsamunicipalcourtclerk@cityoftulsa.org.

To help keep officers safe, Tulsa Police are asking residents to make non-life-threatening reports online at: www.tulsapolice.org or by phone through the Tulsa Police non-emergency number at (918) 596-9222. 911 should be used for emergencies only.

Based on the City’s funding structure, with a heavy reliance on sales tax, Brookings Institute recently ranked Tulsa as one of the most vulnerable cities in the country to COVID-19 fiscal impacts. The City’s Finance team has been working to update projections and is following the markets and industry sectors.

Based on sales tax numbers so far, which consist of the last half of February and the first few weeks in March, the City projects to end the current fiscal year (June 30) $2.7 million behind budget.

In March, Mayor Bynum already issued a travel and hiring freeze. To cover the FY20 shortfall, the City anticipates using fund balance and potentially the Rainy Day Fund. On Wed., April 22, the Mayor will be discussing FY20 funding more in depth with the Tulsa City Council in their public meeting and will present the proposed FY21 budget, which starts on July 1.

Tulsa County Update

Yesterday (4/13/2020), the Board of County Commissioners extended the restricted access to the Tulsa County Courthouse for another 3 weeks until May 4. Tulsa County Property Tax due dates have been extended and are due April 30. Payment options are online at: www.treasurer.tulsacounty.org.

The Juvenile Justice Center’s previous location is being cleaned and should be available next Monday to serve as a temporary homeless shelter to alleviate the overpopulation at the Day Center for the Homeless.

Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency (TAEMA) Update

Because this unprecedented time has fallen during severe weather season, TAEMA is advising all Tulsa area residents to make necessary preparations while they stay home. If you haven’t already, find a tornado safe place in your residence that’s away from windows, external walls and is located on the lowest level of your structure.

If you have a storm shelter in place, it’s important you register it with the City of Tulsa, so in the event damaging storm hits, first responders will be able to find you. You can register your storm shelter at: https://www.cityoftulsa.org/residents/public-safety/storm-shelter-registration/.

Additionally, it’s also that time of the year when Tulsa County sees more rain. It’s important to find out now if you’re in a flood-prone area. You can find out whether your residence is in a flood zone by inputting your address on FEMA’s website at: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search. In flooding situations, listen to local authorities and heed all warnings. If you’re in your car, don’t drive into high water. Turn around, don’t drown.

Testing Sites & Resources

Tomorrow, Earnest Childers VA Outpatient Clinic at 9322 E. 41st St. in Tulsa will conduct COVID-19 drive-thru testing for enrolled veterans. Testing is by appointment only. Veterans experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can schedule a testing appointment by calling 1-888-397-8387.

THD offers specimen collection for a limited number of individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 who are uninsured or underinsured. For appointments, call (918) 582-9355.

211 also offers answers to questions about COVID-19. Like THD, 211 offers assistance to those who are uninsured or underinsured.


Watch the April 14, 2020 Tulsa COVID-19 Situation Update

On Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/cityoftulsa/videos/642857192944682/

On YouTube here:

https://youtu.be/LmFRh81u3iE


Let's make sure all of District 4 is counted, complete the 2020 Census today!

The census provides critical data that helps determine the amount of daily services, products, and support is available for you and your community. Ensuring a complete count means more resources for our community!

https://my2020census.gov/