OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Tulsa State Fair has been canceled this year amid concerns about the coronavirus, joining the previous cancellation of the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City.
The Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority voted 5-0 to cancel the fair scheduled for Oct. 1-11 but said the Junior Livestock Show will continue.
“I know for us it is a huge hit in the loss of money, but for me the greater concern has to be the health of our community and those who come here and then go home,” Tulsa County Commissioner and TCPFA Chair Karen Keith said during Tuesday's meeting.
Oklahoma State Fair officials announced in June the cancellation the Oklahoma City event scheduled for late September.
The Oklahoma State Health Department on Wednesday reported 45,398 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 627 deaths due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, an increase of 670 cases and nine more deaths than reported Tuesday.
The true number of cases in Oklahoma is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.