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COVID-19 (new coronavirus): There is a COVID-19 emergency proclamation in Oklahoma City. Visit covid19.okc.gov for updates and details.

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Council meetings are held every other week at 8:30 a.m. on the third floor of City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave. You can watch meetings live on Cox Channel 20 or through the City's YouTube stream.

Oklahoma City businesses may apply for federal Small Business Administration disaster assistance loans for COVID-19

Post Date:03/21/2020

Oklahoma City businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are now eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA) at sba.gov/disaster.

To qualify, businesses and non-profits must have a physical presence in Oklahoma, must have suffered or are likely to suffer substantial economic injury as a result of the pandemic, must be independently owned and operated, must not have credit available elsewhere and must meet size standards required by SBA.

The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

There are ongoing operational restrictions for businesses, events and gatherings in Oklahoma City due to a state of emergency proclaimed as the pandemic develops. Visit covid19.okc.gov for the latest local information.

The local restrictions, similar to those in cities nationwide, are to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Public health officials say it’s critically important to limit social interactions, which will slow the rate of infection and ensure people who are sick receive the best possible care.

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Local guidance

 Information and recommendations from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD):

Preparation and prevention

 Here's a guide from the CDC about preparing your household. 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home and avoid contact with others when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Try singing "Happy Birthday" twice, because that's about how long it takes. It's especially important to wash your hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Healthy people don't need a face mask for protection from any respiratory disease, including COVID-19. Masks are for people showing COVID-19 symptoms to prevent spreading it to others, and for health workers or others taking care of a sick person in a close setting like a home or health care facility.
  • COVID-19 symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, follow the latest guidance from OSDH at coronavirus.health.ok.gov.
  • Prolonged school closures have been announced. Families and employers should plan to adapt.
  • Get help if you're distressed. If you don't know where to start, contact the national Disaster Distress Helpline or Heartline Oklahoma (2-1-1).
  • Be prepared, not scared. Find more information on how to make a plan and build an emergency kit for any emergency at home here. Find information specifically for COVID-19 on how to prepare your household here, or prepare your business here.

 

Media Contact

Kristy Yager
(405) 297-2550

kristy.yager@okc.gov

 

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