Oklahoma - COVID-19 Covered

Oklahoma

Total Cases: 478,858 (July 30)
Tests Administered: 3,578,281 (January 1)
Fatalities: 7,485 (July 30)
Testing:
  • A full list of Oklahoma testing sites can be found here.  
  • Governor Stitt announced that Oklahoma has received an initial allocation of roughly 77,000 Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW rapid point-of-care COVID-19 tests. (October 1)  

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:

  • Governor Stitt announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the State’s application to provide unemployed Oklahomans with an additional $300 per week in benefits under the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program.  (August 19 
  • Governor Stitt announced that the State has submitted a grant application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to begin the process of implementing the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. (August 17) 
  • 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:

  • The first 20,000 Oklahomans currently receiving unemployment benefits who return to the workforce will receive a $1,200 incentive using funds from the American Rescue Plan. (May 17) 
  • Governor Stitt announced that $6 million in CARES Act funding has been approved to support food banks statewide. (December 23) 
  • Governor Stitt announced that $6 million in federal CARES Act funding would be directed to ODOT for the Protect Transit project, which included purchase of personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies for public transit agencies statewide. (August 26) 
  • Governor Stitt announced that $4.2 million in CARES Act funds would 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 would 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:

  • Governor Stitt signed an executive order to withdraw and rescind the COVID-19 State of Emergency, effective May 4. (May 4) 
  • A new community vaccination center will open in Tulsa on April 21. (April 9 
  • Governor Stitt and Health Commissioner Frye announced the state would update its visitation guidelines to allow visitors who have completed state-certified essential care training to visit their loved one. (March 9 
  • Governor Stitt issued an executive order to continue the State of Oklahoma’s COVID-19 response. (February 12) 
  • Governor Stitt issued an executive order extending the State of Emergency related to COVID-19. (January 13 
  • State officials announced that Oklahoma had received all of its initial allotment of 39,975 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Operation Warp Speed. (December 16) 
  • First doses of the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer arrived in Oklahoma at INTEGRIS Health in Oklahoma City and Saint Francis Health System in Tulsa. (December 14) 
  • Governor Stitt and Commissioner of Health Lance Frye updated an executive order that limited attendance at youth indoor sporting events to four spectators per participant or 50 percent of the building’s capacity, whichever is lower. Public gatherings would be limited to 50 percent capacity unless the local Health Department has granted an exception. The rules for bars and restaurants would be extended, under which tables would be required to be six feet apart, unless separated by sanitized dividers, and restaurants and bars must close by 11:00PM except for drive thru or takeout. Face masks would continue to be required for all state employees and visitors in state agency buildings. (December 10) 
  • Commissioner of Health Lance Frye announced an amended executive order that increased safety measures for restaurants, bars, and state employees in Oklahoma to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  (November 16) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Governor Stitt announced that Oklahoma schools following safety protocols, including mask-wearing and social distancing, would be permitted to forgo the mandatory two-week quarantine period for potential COVID-19 exposures. (January 12 
  • Governor Stitt announced all Oklahoma school districts will now have until October 30 to claim funding for virtual learning resources through Learn Anywhere Oklahoma. (October 7)  
  • 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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