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City of Hominy issues mask mandate, effective immediately

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Shannon Shaw Duty

Photo caption: Hominy City Manager Jimmie Ratliff issued a mask mandate for the city of Hominy on Nov. 20 via Facebook Live. Osage News/Screenshot

The City of Hominy issued a mask mandate for its citizens as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Osage County and around the state.

Hominy City Manager Jimmie Ratliff issued the order on Nov. 20 via Facebook Live from the city’s Facebook page. The mask mandate is effective immediately. According to U.S. Census numbers from 2018, Hominy has a population of 3,400.

“The City of Hominy has decided to take a stance, as the first city to my knowledge, in Osage County that is issuing a city-wide mask mandate,” he said.

Masks will be required in public places when social distancing isn’t possible. The Centers for Disease Control define social distancing as maintain six feet of separation from someone who isn’t a family member or living in your household. The city also closed all parks, basketball courts and tennis courts. He said community leaders backed the decision and also driving the mandate is the reduction of hospital bed capacity at every major hospital in the state due to the rise in COVID-19 patients.   

“Our goal, 100 percent, is the safety and wellbeing of our citizens. I would hate to have it on my conscience to know we could have done something else and that we didn’t do our due diligence and something happens to somebody,” he said.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma has a total of 30,724 active cases of the COVID-19 virus.

As of Nov. 20, there are a total of 235 active cases in Osage County and a total of 1,521 recoveries. 

The OSDH provides free COVID-19 testing at 80 locations throughout Oklahoma and encourages everyone to get tested. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wear a mask, wash your hands often, and social/physical distance from others.

Below is data from the latest OSDH COVID-19 Report as of Nov. 20, 2020.

Confirmed active cases and day over change:

Tulsa – 2,452               +100                                                                           
Owasso – 330             0
Ponca City – 218         +2                   
Bartlesville – 169        +12
Skiatook – 94              +1                   
Pawhuska – 62            +4
Cleveland – 40            +1       
Sperry – 39                  +2                   
Hominy – 23               -1                                                                                        Barnsdall – 10             +1                                                                   
Fairfax – 4                   0                     

Deaths by City
Tulsa – 169                  0                                                                     

Bartlesville – 39          0                                 
Ponca City – 13           0                                             
Skiatook – 8                0                                             
Owasso – 6                 +1
Cleveland – 3              0         
Barnsdall – 2               0                                             
Hominy – 2                  0         
Sperry – 2                    0         
Pawhuska – 2              0                     
Fairfax – 0                   0         

Oklahoma Total Cases by Race
White – 57.53%

Unknown – 20.32%
American Indian or Alaska Native – 9.79%
Black or African American – 6.37%
Multiple Races/Other – 3.69%
Asian or Pacific Islander alone – 2.31%

Oklahoma Total Cases by Age Group
18-35               33.45%

36-49               21.70%
50-64               18.63%
65+                  14.23%
05-17               10.16%
00-04               1.81%
UNK                 0.01%

To view more data for the state of Oklahoma, visit: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/


Original Publish Date: 2020-11-20 00:00:00

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Shannon Shaw Dutyhttps://osagenews.org
Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor of the Osage News. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Legal Studies, Indigenous Peoples Law from the OU College of Law. She served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) from 2013-2016 and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee from 2017-2020. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award, NAJA’s highest honor. An Osage tribal member, she and her family are from the Grayhorse District. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and six children.
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