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Tulsa offers employees $250 stipend for virus vaccination

September 2, 2021 GMT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — City employees in Tulsa are being offered a $250 stipend for receiving a coronavirus vaccination, plus a possible additional $250 if their department reaches vaccination goals.

The City Council voted Wednesday night to provide $250 to employees who are fully vaccinated by Oct. 15 and another another $250 to vaccinated employees in departments with a more than 70% total employee vaccination rate.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 20 ICU beds available, 7.8% of the total number of intensive care beds in Tulsa as the delta-fueled variant of the virus has led to a surge of cases statewide.

The four major hospitals in Oklahoma City — Integris, Mercy, SSM Health and OU Health — reported Wednesday had no ICU beds available. The health department reported that there were 26 ICU beds, or 7.9% of the total, available among other city hospitals.

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The health department reported 3,274 new cases and a seven-day day average of 2,671 new cases, up from an average of 2,210 during the seven-day period that ended Aug. 17.

Oklahoma was 12th in the nation with 895 new cases per capita for the two weeks ending Tuesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.