Oklahoma - COVID-19 Covered

Oklahoma

Total Cases: 202,341 (December 3)
Tests Administered: 2,151,114 (December 2)
Fatalities: 1,812 (December 3)
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:

  • Governor Kevin Stitt announced that $6 million in federal CARES Act funding will be directed to ODOT for the Protect Transit project, which includes 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 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:

  • Commissioner of Health Lance Frye announced an amended executive order that increases safety measures for restaurants, bars, and state employees in Oklahoma to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  (November 16)  
  • Governor Stitt issued an executive order that extends the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. (October 23) 
  • Governor Stitt issued Fourth Amended Executive Oder 2020-20, extending the state of emergency that has been in place since March 15. (August 28)  
  • 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 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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