The Tulsa Health Department has advised residents between Sapulpa and Oakhurst that they are in the “severe risk” category for the spread of COVID-19 according to a new zip code-based map to alert citizens to the risk of the spread of the disease. Contact tracers are attempting to find out why the 74131 zip code and the contiguous 74050, have a higher case rate than surrounding zip codes.
The guidelines use a metric established by Johns Hopkins University, which classifies an area as “severe” if there are .34 daily active cases per 1,000. Zip code 74131, which is just north of Sapulpa, along New Sapulpa Road, has a rate of .45 daily cases per 1,000. According to the THD Zip Code Map, there have been a total of 80 cases and 63 recoveries in that particular zip code. People under this category are advised to wear a mask, social distance, wash hands, and “stay at home.”
According to Tulsa Health Department Director Bruce Dart, “If we’re starting to see changes and prevalence within a zip code, that means there’s something going on with people not following recommendations.”