Jenks mayor Robert Lee is ready to see a mask ordinance approved

Jenks mayor Robert Lee is ready to see a mask ordinance approved

The city of Tulsa issued a mask mandate in mid-July within city limits, but surrounding communities have not followed its direction.

That could change for Jenks Nov. 10, as the City Council will vote whether or not to approve a mask mandate within city limits. There are seven votes, so the council would need four votes to approve the mandate.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum recently called on surrounding communities to take action to help local hospitals and Jenks mayor Robert Lee is ready to see a mask mandate happen in his city.

“This is a tool that we have had available to use for several months now and as we go into cold and flu season where cases are spiking and as we get into the holidays, I think this right time to utilize this tool,” Lee said. “We are seeing a peak in cases and in hospitalizations, as well as deaths across the board. I feel like this is the time to introduce this to have the best impact. With people going home for Thanksgiving and then coming back into the community, health officials are expecting this to be the worst point in the pandemic.”

As of Wednesday, there were 80 active cases in the city of Jenks. There have been 974 confirmed cases with 894 recoveries and six deaths. In Tulsa County, there are 2,130 active cases. There have been 21,922 confirmed cases with 19,588 recoveries and 204 deaths.

“I realize there are strong opinions on both sides of this issue,” Lee said. “While we don’t have a silver bullet, masks are the best tool we have and cities who have put mask ordinances in place have demonstrated positive results. Tulsa took the leap in July and we have all reaped the benefits on this in the surrounding communities and now it is our turn to step up to the plate and contribute to this effort in a more meaningful way.”

Lee did say that from day one, the city of Jenks has had a stronger response than most of the region and the results have shown that.

“We have police officers and firefighters, who are more exposed to danger right now,” Lee said. “We have hospital staff and teachers who are getting sick and dying in some cases. This is about supporting these frontline workers any way we can. I want to be able to look someone who is a first responder or on the frontlines in the eye and tell them, ‘I am doing everything I can to keep them safe.’”

Kyle Salomon

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