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Oklahoma City Mayor Urges Caution In Holiday Gatherings

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt speaks at a press conference on December 23, 2020.

As we head into another holiday, local leaders are warning against large family gatherings without masks.

A little over a week before Thanksgiving, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt held a rare press conference, urging residents to stay home and distance in the next 10 days. He referenced a rowing practice — a Power 10 — where the team is told to push as hard as they can for 10 more rows.

He held a similar one on Wednesday.

"We are sitting at all-time highs that are pushing our health care workers to their limits. And now we have another of the virus’ favorite events looming right ahead: a holiday," Holt said. "In the two weeks after Memorial Day, cases jumped 400 percent. In the two weeks after July 4, cases doubled. In the two weeks after Labor Day, cases doubled. Thanksgiving wiped out our Power 10 gains."

He said God blessed Oklahoma City with warm weather forecasted for Christmas Day, and urged anyone gathering with those outside their household to take advantage, and celebrate outdoors.


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Catherine Sweeney reports for StateImpact Oklahoma, focusing on health.
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