Overall, more than 11% of the county’s cases have involved individuals 17 years old or younger, according to the Tulsa Health Department. That figure includes individuals 4 years old and younger, who account for 1.37% of cases; and people 5 to 17, who account for 9.71% of cases.
Individuals 65 years old and older account for 10.75% of the county’s cases.
Dart said the highest number of new cases are coming from schools, followed by long-term care facilities and religious services.
Given the current trends and the upcoming flu season, Dart said, he believes it makes sense to be proactive and to lower the age at which masks are required.
“I just think it would be a wise choice,” he said.
Public school facilities are subject to the city’s existing mask ordinance.
For Tulsa Public Schools, that hasn’t been a big issue because all students are distance learning through the end of October.
TPS Superintendent Deborah Gist said Wednesday that she expects to have a decision on whether or not to proceed with distance learning by early October.
Gist said she supports lowering the age requirement for wearing masks.
“I would support a mask requirement for everyone in Tulsa,” Gist said. “And I have seen and experienced that with practice that children of all ages can get used to wearing masks just like they get used to wearing shoes.”