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ZACH: MASK MANDATES NOW IN PLACE IN SEVERAL CITY IS OKLAHOMA, INCLUDING HERE IN OKC. MORE MUNICIPALITIES ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE UP THE ISSUE. WE SPOKE WITH ONE OF OKLAHOMA’S HEALTH EXPERTS ABOUT HOW MASKS SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. TRY AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR FELLOW CITIZEN. REPORTER: DR. STEPHEN PRESCOTT WITH THE OKLAHOMA MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATIONS SAYS WEARING A MASK REALLY COMES DOWN TO CARING FOR EACH OTHER. ARE WE DOING A GOOD ENOUGH JOB? NO. REPORTER: WITH OKLAHOMA CITY AND TULSA JOINING THE GROWING LIST OF CITIES IN THE STATE PASSING MASK MANDATES WE ASKED DR. PRESCOTT WHICH TYPE OF MASK WORKS BEST. HE SAYS WHILE N95 MASKS ARE THE BEST FOR FILTERING OUT COVID-19, ALL MASKS WORK IN STOPPING THE SPREAD. IF EVERYONE HAD A MASK ON, WE WOULD PUT MUCH LESS OF THE VIRUS OUT THERE FOR PEOPLE TO GET. IF THEY HAVE A MASK THEIR RISK IS LOWERED. WE HAVE A TWO FOLD ATTACK HERE TO DECREASE. REPORTER: HE SAYS THE SCIENCE BACKS THE FINDINGS THAT MASKS WORK AND IT SHOULDN’T BE A POLITICAL ISSUE. WE ALREADY HAVE INFRINGEMENTS ON OUR LIBERTY. I CAN’T DRIVE ANYWHERE I WANT ON THE FREEWAY. REPORTER: DR. PRESCOTT BELIEVES THE SOONER MORE PEOPLE WEAR A MASK THE SOONER WE CAN GET BACK TO A SENSE OF NORMAL. THIS WILL BE PRESUMABLY A SHORT-TERM, MAYBE A FEW MONTHS AT THE MOST PRECAUTION WE TAKE. THIS KIND OF THING WOULD PREVENT HAVING TO SHUT DOWN OUR

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Latest local updates, helpful resources

KOCO 5 is providing you with the latest information on COVID-19, or the coronavirus, in Oklahoma, as well as resources to be prepared and keep your family safe.CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES32,686 total cumulative cases; 496 deaths CORONAVIRUS MAP OF OKLAHOMA: Check cases by county CORONAVIRUS IN OKLAHOMA: Color-coded map of COVID-19 spread risk NEGATIVE SPECIMENS:535,628 (as of Friday, July 24)CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED:625 (as of Friday, July 24)RECOVERED:24,698 (as of Sunday, July 26) GET TESTED | Click here for a list of testing sites across OklahomaCORONAVIRUS CALL CENTERThe Oklahoma State Department of Health has partnered with 211Oklahoma to provide quick access to the COVID-19 hotline by dialing 2-1-1 from any phone. 15 Days to Slow the Spread: CLICK HERE to read the CDC guidelines on coronavirus GET COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE HERE LATEST LOCAL HEADLINES (As of Monday, July 27) Gov. Stitt says he has been cleared to return to work after testing positive for COVID-19Edmond City Council votes in favor of mask mandate ordinanceOklahoma front-line worker on long road to recovery after contracting COVID-19 Oklahoma Board of Education approves back-to-school guidelines as recommendations for districts OKC-County Health Dept. adds ‘serious 4’ locations with increased coronavirus transmission Mother concerned virtual learning may not…

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