Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-07-25 13:48:47 –
The city council meeting on Tuesday was the first meeting to remove the glass barrier that separates the councilors, drawing both praise and criticism from the council.
Mayor Craig Freeman said in an email to city council members that the change was part of a rollback of certain COVID-19 mitigations. Freeman also said in an email to District 6 Congressman Jobes Hamon that he had not discussed the change with the Oklahoma City County Health Department.
“While opening the building, I tried to slowly transition to change, which was another step in the council’s meeting room,” Freeman said in an email to Hamon.
Freeman did not respond to Oklahoman’s request for comment by the publication time.
Oklahoma Health Department Report on Tuesday 465 new positive cases across the state.Just over a year ago, the council Approve Maskman Date, The Ministry of Health reported 699 new cases across the state.
According to the city’s director of public relations, Christie Jaeger, nine city officials are currently infected with COVID-19 (three of whom were positive last week) and 13 are in quarantine. In addition, 58% of city officials are vaccinated through the city.
The city has resumed a campaign to encourage city officials to vaccinate and is calling on them to stay home or have a COVID-19 test if certain symptoms occur, Yager said.
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Access to the city hall is still restricted except during public meetings, and only the ground floor of the Jim Couch City Hall building is open to the public, Jaeger said.
Barriers were the last mitigation in the council’s meeting room, according to Hamon, and removing the barriers led to wearing masks during Tuesday’s meetings.
The length of time the council spends together during the meeting, and the knowledge that some councilors are often around children who are not eligible for vaccination due to their age, fueled her concerns. ..
“It looks like we just want to get rid of the physical reminders that this is still a problem,” Hamon said at the meeting. “I’m dissatisfied with receiving an email saying that the partition will go down within a week of going down.”
However, District 4 Congressman Todd Stone thanked the mayor for removing the barrier he called the “hockey penalty box.”
“It’s 20 degrees cool here today,” Stone said.
Second ward council member James Cooper said he was worried that the increase in cases would require the city to return to social distance from the Mask Ordinance.
“I’m really worried about this moment when we’re about to re-enter,” Cooper said. “The era of conspiracy theories (about vaccines) is over. People’s lives depend on it …. Those who find themselves unvaccinated are most likely to reach our hospital. is.”
Councilors of Stone, Hamon and Nikki Nice, District 7, reiterated Cooper’s feelings about the need for vaccination.
Cooper said he knew that some unvaccinated people weren’t against the vaccine, but he didn’t have time to do so. Now is the time, Cooper said, to avoid the hospital pressure seen last year.
“This isn’t a worrying moment, we think pretending to be just pretending,” Cooper said. “It’s important now (to be vaccinated) …. I don’t want to put those first responders in a terrifying position last year.”
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