OKC Councilman Wants City To Get More Coronavirus Testing, PPE

Monday, May 18th 2020, 4:09 pm
By: Karl Torp

Oklahoma City is forming a plan for moving forward with how to best spend federal COVID-19 relief dollars.

The resolution is a basically a message Oklahoma's Congressional delegation.

Councilman James Cooper wrote the resolution.

He would like to a see those federal dollars spent on mass testing and PPE to best protect those administering the tests.

Cooper thinks without a vaccine, that's the only way to fully bring back consumer confidence.

“Until we can have that mass testing and have that protective equipment, until we do that, we are not alleviating the fear in people’s hearts,” Cooper said.

The other part of his plan would provide money lost from sales tax revenue to Oklahoma City's general fund.

Cooper's non-binding resolution passed 4-3. Those who voted no questioned the need to craft a resolution.

Oklahoma City’s COVID-19 relief resolution is being sent to Oklahoma lawmakers in Washington.