House of Representatives

Dem Leader Calls for More COVID Funds as Trump Event Approaches

6/17/2020 11:37:00 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY -- As the number of Oklahomans contracting COVID-19 continues to increase, House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, released the following statement calling for additional federal funds in response to President Donald Trump announcing that 1 million people have registered for the Trump Campaign rally this Saturday. 

“If Oklahoma’s Governor and Tulsa’s Mayor won’t stick up to their party and protect the health of Oklahomans and our state’s economy, then we need to ensure that the resources are in place to deal with the potential consequences. Over the last week, Oklahoma has seen its cases climb in record numbers. We cannot continue to ignore data and expect COVID-19 to simply go away. 

“The president has said he is expecting nearly a million people at the indoor event, which if true, will require additional federal assistance. Public health officials including Tulsa’s own Health Department director are warning that this event could have dire consequences for Oklahomans and has the potential to overwhelm hospital capacity. If we are going to be proactive, we need additional federal funding to ensure that we can recover from any fallout due to a population equal to one-fourth of our state gathering together during a pandemic.”