Oklahoma - COVID-19 Covered

Oklahoma

Total Cases: 6,137 (May 27)
Tests Administered: 159,941 (May 26)
Fatalities: 318 (May 27)
Testing:
  • The Oklahoma State Department of Health will be deploying Caring Vans to deliver COVID-19 testing to underserved communities throughout the state. The OSDH is partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma and the Caring Foundation. (May 19) 
  • Governor Stitt announced that Oklahoma will be increasing testing and contact tracing, and that the Oklahoma State Health Department will be partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma to ensure that underserved areas have access to testing. (May 1) 
  • Oklahoma announced plans to use saliva-based testing on all 42,000 residents and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. (April 28) 
  • Governor Stitt expanded testing criteria to include anyone with symptoms or who have been in direct contact with a diagnosed individual. (April 1) 
  • Regional Medical Laboratory in Oklahoma City and Clinical Pathology Laboratories in Austin now also process the state’s lab test results. (March 29) 
  • State officials have said that they bypassed FEMA to obtain chemicals needed for an additional 10,000 tests. (March 28) 
  • According to a state official, OSDH received 10,000 testing kits on March 26. (March 26) 
  • OSDH is operating two satellite testing sites in Kay and Pittsburg County. (March 26) 
  • The State Health Department reported it had partnered with a private lab to test high-risk individuals. (March 26) 
  • Governor Stitt reported there would be four mobile testing sites operating this week. (March 22) 
  • Governor Stitt issued an executive order to allow the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University labs to perform testing. (March 21) 
  • The Oklahoma government has partnered with Diagnostic Labs of Oklahoma to expand testing. OMarch 19, 300 testing kits were sent to Diagnostics Labs facility in Dallas. (OSDH) 
  • One primary care provider in Green Country has established a drivethru for flu and COVID-19 testing. (March 17) 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • 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)
  • The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has recommended that daycare and childcare remain open. (March 18)

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Governor Stitt announced that certain businesses, including hair salons, nail salons, spas and pet groomers, will begin reopening on April 24On May 1, more businesses including restaurants, churches, gyms and movie theaters will reopen. (April 22) 
  • The State Department of Health issued guidelines for elective surgery centers and hospitals with their upcoming reopening date of April 24. (April 22) 
  • Governor Stitt issued an executive order which will allow for all support staff for Oklahoma public schools to be paid for the remainder of their contract. (April 2) 
  • The Governor’s office stated that as COVID-19 cases appeared in certain counties (Garfield, Rogers, Seminole and Texas), these counties must follow the “Safer at Home” order, which calls for non-essential businesses to close operations until April 16. (March 29) 
  • Governor Stitt amended his executive order to prohibit all out-of-state travel paid for by the State. (March 28) 
  • Governor Stitt announced that any type of abortion service not defined as a medical emergency is included in his executive order that postponed all elective surgeries and minor medical procedures until April 7. (March 27) 
  • Governor Stitt amended an executive order which calls for Oklahomans and medical providers to postpone all elective surgeries and minor medical procedures until April 7. (March 24) 
  • Governor Stitt signed an executive order limiting prescriptions of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to ensure supply. (March 21) 
  • Governor Stitt issued an executive order that suspended restrictions for truck drivers and commercial vehicles so they can continue delivering medical supplies, among other items. (March 18) 
  • The OSDH authorized hospitals, nursing facilities, assisted living centers, adult day care centers, jails, and detentions centers to restrict visitors as necessary. (March 14) 
  • Governor Stitt issued a telework policy for state employees. (OK DOH) 
  • Governor Stitt offered guidelines for childcare facilities. (OK DOH) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Stitt announced cost of living adjustments for first responders, teachers, and state employees. Benefits will increase by 2 percent if the person has been retired for between two and five years as of July 1, 2020, and 4 percent if they’ve been retired for more than five years at that point. (May 21) 
  • Governor Stitt announced a bipartisan legislative advisory group to work with his administration to distribute $1.2 billion in federal funds, provided by the CARES Act. (May 12) 
  • President Trump approved Oklahoma’s disaster declaration, allowing federal assistance to help assist state efforts. (April 5) 
  • Oklahoma is launching “Ready. Help. Go,” a program to connect volunteers with opportunities to help others once health professionals determine it is safe to do so. (April 4) 
  • Governor Stitt announced that Oklahoma would have a revenue failure for 2020, and due to the declaration of emergency, the Oklahoma legislature can “access an additional 25% of the Rainy Day fund.” (April 3) 
  • Governor Stitt declared a health emergency in Oklahoma for the next 30 days. (April 2) 
  • The State launched a website to coordinate PPE donations across the state. (March 30 
  • Governor Stitt issued an executive order that required individuals traveling from certain states to self-quarantine and offered protections for health care workers from housing or child care discrimination. (March 29) 
  • Governor Stitt declared a statewide day of prayer for all Oklahomans impacted by COVID-19. (March 26) 
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved Oklahoma’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver, allowing the state to provide flexibility in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment. This also allowed the state to waive certain screening and assessments. (March 24) 
  • Governor Stitt signed an executive order cutting regulations on telemedicine to provide citizens easier access to doctors without leaving home. (March 18) 
  • Governor Stitt suspended the one-week waiting period before unemployment benefits can be paid and waived the work-search requirement to receive unemployment benefits. (OK DOH) 
  • Governor Stitt postponed state income tax payments until July 15. (OK DOH) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • The Oklahoma City Council approved $5.5 million in aid to small businesses struggling as a result of coronavirus. (March 31)
  • Oklahoma Government has provided a website with resources for businesses evaluating whether they fall within essential services. (OK Commerce)
  • Oklahoma announced that the US Small Business Administration will offer low-interest federal disaster loans for small businesses suffering due to COVID-19. (March 14)

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Shelter-In-Place Orders:

  • Oklahoma has entered “Phase 2” of reopening, which includes allowing nonessential travel and the reopening of organized sports, and bars can operate with diminished standing room occupancy. Oklahomans are still encouraged to follow “Safer at Home” guidelines if they’re over 65 years old or are part of a vulnerable population. (May 15) 
  • Governor Stitt has extended the Safer at Home order to May 6 for adults over 65 and vulnerable individuals with underlying health conditions. (April 15) 
  • Governor Stitt amended an executive order (2020-07) to include all counties in Oklahoma and to extend the safer at home order to April 30thThe order requires all businesses not included in a critical infrastructure to close, restaurants can only offer take-out or delivery options, postpones all elective surgeries and procedures, issuea “Safer at Home” order for adults over the age of 65 and individuals with underlying medical conditions, forbids visitations to nursing homes, and limits gatherings to no more than 10 people. (April 1) 
  • Edmond City Council amended its Declaration of Emergency to include a shelter-in-place order. (March 30) 
  • Oklahoma City and Tulsa each issued a shelter-in-place order. (March 29) 
  • Governor Stitt amended an executive order to issue a statewide “Safer at Home” order for adults over the age of 65 and for individuals with underlying medical conditions in counties with community spread of the virus. Additionally, it closes all businesses not identified as being within a “critical infrastructure sector.” (March 24) 

Curfews:

  • No statewide records found as of April 27; however, cities and towns such as Blackwell, Caton, Geary, Kingfisher, and Lawton have imposed curfews. (April 3) 

Social-Distancing Guidelines:

  • Governor Stitt amended an executive order to require travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Louisiana, and Washington to self-quarantine for 14 days. (March 30)
  • Governor Stitt amended an executive order to prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people. (March 24)
  • OSDH has recommended individuals stay at home “as much as possible.” (March 20)
  • Governor Stitt issued an executive order that strongly recommended Oklahomans follow CDC guidelines for prevention, including avoiding social gatherings of more than 10 people and discretionary travel and working from home when possible. (March 18)

Delivery Services:

  • Governor Stitt amended his executive order to require that delivery workers submit to screenings when delivering to hospitals, clinics, long term care facilities, or daycares. (March 30)
  • Governor Stitt issued an executive order that strongly recommended Oklahomans follow CDC guidelines, including avoiding eating or drinking at bars or restaurants and instead using the drive-thru, pickup, or delivery. (March 18)

SCHOOL CLOSURES

K-12:

  • The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted to close public schools statewide for the remainder of the school year. (March 25)
  • All Oklahoma public schools are closed until April 6. (March 17)

State Higher Education:

  • Around a dozen colleges and universities in Oklahoma have reportedly suspended in-person classes and transitioned to online learning. (March 17)

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