Health, schools, social agency representatives join OKC council members' town hall
Health, schools, and social agency representatives joined a coronavirus-response town hall hosted by three Oklahoma City council members.
The two-hour virtual community meeting included advice on what to do when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and assessment of testing capacity, which remains challenging in Oklahoma County.
Ward 6 Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon said Tuesday's tele-town hall would be a way to "loop people in to information and resources -- hopefully from trusted voices" who can speak to needs being voiced in the community.
Hamon, Ward 2 Councilman James Cooper and Ward 7 Councilwoman Nikki Nice -- - all three from the millennial wing of the council --organized the town hall.
"It’s one thing to hear a proclamation from the mayor but for some, it’s different to hear from a doctor on the ground about the need to stay home" and follow coping strategy guidelines, Hamon said beforehand.
LToya Knighten of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) said epidemiologists at the agency who are tracking the virus' spread investigate an average of 10 close contacts for every positive test.
Homeless Alliance Executive Director Dan Straughan said itinerant homeless youth -- "couch homeless" -- are a major concern "staring us in the face."
A primary care physician, Dr. Charles Lunn, who treated AIDS patients in Kansas City and was involved in the response to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, said of the coronavirus pandemic, "A lot of our people are not taking this seriously."