Oklahoma - COVID-19 Covered

Oklahoma

Total Cases: 46,103 (August 14)
Tests Administered: 731,272 (August 13)
Fatalities: 638 (August 14)
Testing:
  • A full list of Oklahoma testing sites can be found here 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Oklahoma Government has provided a website with resources for businesses evaluating whether they fall within essential services. (OK Commerce) 
  • Governor Stitt amended an executive order which closed all businesses not identified as being critical infrastructure (as defined by the Department of Homeland Security) and located in a county experiencing the Coronavirus for 21 days. (March 24) 

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Oklahoma Government has provided a website with resources for businesses evaluating whether they fall within essential services. (OK Commerce) 
  • Governor Stitt amended an executive order which closed all businesses not identified as being critical infrastructure (as defined by the Department of Homeland Security) and located in a county experiencing the Coronavirus for 21 days. (March 24) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Stitt announced that $4.2 million in CARES Act funds will be distributed to 18 city and county governments to offset expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. (July 10) 
  • Governor Stitt announced the launch of the Eviction Mitigation program, which will provide reimbursements to organizations paying landlords for rental assistance to individuals or families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (June 19) 
  • Governor Stitt announced cost of living adjustments for first responders, teachers, and state employees. (May 21) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • The Oklahoma Commerce Department announced that the deadline to apply to the Oklahoma Business Relief Program is July 10. (June 29) 
  • Governor Stitt announced the creation of the Oklahoma Business Relief Program to support local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (June 19) 
  • The Oklahoma City Council approved $5.5 million in aid to small businesses struggling as a result of coronavirus. (March 31) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Oklahoma began entering Phase 3 of the “Open Up and Recover Safely” plan on June 1. Under Phase 3, businesses can resume unrestricted staffing at worksites provided they follow CDC recommendations for safety, hygiene, and social distancing. Summer camps will also be permitted to reopen. (May 29) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Governor Stitt announced the launch of 30 Community HOPE Centers to be stood up by the end of 2020 that will serve approximately 4,200 children and their adult caregivers. (August 3) 
  • Governor Stitt announced that $10 million in CARES Act funding will go toward providing PPE for schools in the state. (July 30) 
  • Governor Stitt announced $30 million in CARES Act funding will go toward funding three new education initiatives  Learn Anywhere Oklahoma, Bridge the Gap Digital Wallet and Stay in School Funds. (July 17) 
  • Oklahoma Department of Education released a school reopening framework as school districts plan for the 2020-21 school year. (June 3) 

State Higher Education:

  • Oklahoma State University announced its full plan for reopening for the Fall, which will occur in six-phases. (June 5 

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