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Mask extension through Nov. 30 proposed in OKC

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt had his temperature checked as he arrived at the Health Department for a coronavirus news conference in May. [The Oklahonman Archive]

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday will consider a proposal to extend the city’s mask ordinance through Nov. 30.

Mayor David Holt says he doesn’t think declines in key measures of the COVID-19 pandemic’s severity can be attributed to anything else.

The council voted a month ago to require masks in public places indoors.

Since then, the 30-day trend lines have begun to show declines in the Oklahoma City metro area in daily new cases and hospitalizations.

Additionally, state data shows communities with a mask ordinance have had a greater decrease in new cases than communities without a mask ordinance, Emergency Management Director Frank Barnes said.

The three metro counties (Oklahoma, Cleveland and Canadian) reported a decrease of 42 hospitalizations Thursday, to 137. Holt said it was the lowest level since July 1. 

There were 255 new metro infections Thursday.

Statewide, the Health Department reported 794 new cases Friday, dropping the seven-day average to its lowest level in a month.

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