COVID-19 (new coronavirus): The City of Oklahoma City is coordinating with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD), the local public health authority, on the developing COVID-19 pandemic. For information, updates and resources about COVID-19 visit  ***"Shelter in Place Order" Issued***  

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Situation summary and local guidance

Information and guidance from the the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD)Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

OSDH daily update (Updated 11 a.m. April 1)

  • COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma: 719 (+154 from March 31)
  • COVID-19 cases in OKC metro: 309 (+65 from March 31)
    • 192 in Oklahoma County (10 deaths)
    • 87 in Cleveland County (6 deaths)
    • 24 in Canadian County (1 death)
    • 6 in Pottawatomie County
  • Please note: State health officials warn that the critical shortage of testing means we don't have a complete picture of how many people have it, or in which areas. 

April 1 10:30 a.m.
All playgrounds and sport courts in Oklahoma City have been ordered closed to stop the spread of COVID-19, but reports continue to pour in of parents and children ignoring the closures and even removing signs and barriers. Public health officials say the coronavirus can survive on hard surfaces common in playgrounds and these other facilities for days or longer. Read more.

March 31 Noon
The Oklahoma City Council approved an unprecedented $5.5 million emergency relief program for local small businesses. The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and the City built the framework of the proposal, called the Small Business Continuity Program. Read more here.

March 28 Noon
Mayor David Holt amended the COVID-19 state of emergency proclamation in Oklahoma City to explicitly implement “Shelter in Place” through April 16. The action is being taken simultaneously with the City of Tulsa. What does "Shelter in Place" mean? Read more here. Read the proclamation itself here.

COVID-19 symptoms are fever, a dry cough and shortness of breath.

  • State officials report a critical shortage of testing.
  • If you're sick, do not go to the ER. Consult first with a health care provider. Regardless of whether tests show you have a common cold, the flu or COVID-19, doctors will tell most people to stay home, rest, get plenty of fluids and avoid contact with others.
  • If your symptoms worsen, you have difficulty breathing or you have a fever for more than 72 hours, call your doctor. If you don't have health insurance or don't have a doctor, call (405) 425-4489.

Local guidance

These steps are crucial to "flatten the curve" and save your fellow Oklahomans' lives and livelihoods. They will slow the rate of infection, save crucial medical resources for the sickest and most vulnerable patients, and help us return as soon as possible to a normal way of life.

The “Shelter in Place” emergency order is effective from 11:59 p.m. Saturday, March 28 through April 16.

In general, it’s simple:

  • Stay home. Exceptions are below on this list.
  • You can shop for groceries, medicine, gas, repairs, and other essential goods and services.
  • You can go to a restaurant for takeout or drive-thru service.
  • You can go to the doctor and take care of other essential needs.
  • You can exercise outside, including on sidewalks, trails and in public parks. You can enjoy outdoor activities like long walks, bike rides and fishing. Green spaces in parks are open. But all playgrounds are closed. City-owned golf courses, fitness courts, dog parks, recreation center and sport courts (basketball, tennis, volleyball, etc.) are closed.
  • You can go to work in an essential job. You can also do business with someone working in an essential job. Those jobs are defined by the State of Oklahoma, using a federal list and one provided by the Governor. Find out more at
  • You can drive, bike, walk and take transit. You don’t need special ID or a permit. Police aren’t asking people to prove why they’re outside their home.
  • You can work from home if you work in a job defined by the State as non-essential. You can also work with someone doing a non-essential job from home. Even if it’s an essential job, employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home if possible.
  • Staff are allowed on site even at closed non-essential businesses for basic tasks like maintenance and security.
  • You can check on someone in need.
  • You can donate at blood drives, volunteer at food banks and participate in other disaster response activities.
  • Staff can be at faith-based sites to record or broadcast services.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others, for your safety and theirs.
  • Wash your hands before you leave your house, and as soon as you get home.

You can call 911 if you have specific information about someone violating the order. Police may investigate. Officers will ask for voluntary compliance, but may use discretion to issue citations if necessary.

A violation of the City proclamation’s terms would be a class “b” misdemeanor under City Code, punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $750.

City of Oklahoma City services and public meetings

We are committed to maintaining the operation of our critical public services as safely as possible for you and our workforce. You will still have protection from our police officers and firefighters, clean tap water, regular trash and recycling pickup and the other services that keep our city moving.

The Oklahoma City Council and other city boards, trusts, commissions and committees are meeting by teleconference. Meeting agendas at will include instructions on how to listen or participate. See canceled public meetings at

City office buildings are temporarily closed to visitors during the pandemic. There's signage at closed buildings with contacts for people who need them. Details here.

  • Police, Fire and EMSA:
    Services are uninterrupted and staffing adjustments are made where necessary. Many public programs like tours and touch-a-vehicle are suspended, and some public spaces are closed. The free smoke alarm program will continue. Extra precautions are being taken at every level to protect firefighters, police officers, paramedics and other staff from COVID-19. Call-takers at the 9-1-1 center and first responders are trained to ask screening questions.
  • Water:
    The water supply is not affected. The normal disinfecting process eliminates contamination from COVID-19 or any other virus before it enters our drinking water system and your home or business. The City has stopped water service cut-offs for customers who are unable to pay their bill. And please don't flush wipes down the toilet, even if they are advertised as "flushable." The could clog your plumbing or City sewers. Read more here. Customer service call wait times may be longer than normal. Click here for customer service.
  • Residential trash and recycling pickup:
    Service will operate as normal until April 6. Beginning April 6, bagged trash (including yard clippings) outside of Big Blue carts will not be picked up. It's to protect workers from potential contamination. All trash must be bagged and properly contained in Big Blue carts, and you can get up to four if you ned them. Details on this temporary policy are here. Recycled items should be loose but properly contained in Big Green carts. Don't set out bagged trash for bulky waste pickup. Customer service call wait times may be longer than normal. Click here for customer service.
  • Transit:
    EMBARK service is temporarily on a 12-hour service schedule, with no more than 10-12 people per vehicle. The Transit Center lobby is limited to 9 people, and only for buying fares or using restrooms. EMBARK Plus ADA Paratransit service has eliminated shared rides, but continues to meet demand. Read more about those changes here. All public transportation users must remain at least 3 feet away from each other as part of emergency restrictions during the pandemic. All transit vehicles in use are being sanitized at least daily. Read more about EMBARK's COVID-19 safety efforts.
  • Parks:
    Playgrounds, recreation centers, senior centers and the Martin Park Nature Center Visitors Center are closed through April 16. All senior activities are canceled through April 16. Parks events, and private events at parks facilities, are being limited to those with 10 or fewer people. Parks are still open, and you can still enjoy the outdoors while maintaining a distance of 6 feet between others. Just don't use the playgrounds, and wash your hands as soon as you get home. Permit sales for fishing, boating and other activities are available online as of April 1. Details on that here.
  • Municipal Court:
    Sessions are canceled until April 16. There will be no warrants or continuance fees. Cases are being rescheduled and defendants will be notified of new dates by mail. There's a standing judicial order for releases and jail inmates will not be taken to the court building. The exterior pay windows are open normal hours, but the interior of the Municipal Court building is closed.
  • Animal Welfare:
    Adoptions are now by appointment only , every 15 minutes from noon to 5 p.m. The number of visitors allowed and the suspension of volunteer work inside the shelter are among operational changes for public safety. Adoption fees are also reduced to $30 to guard against overcrowding as the shelter enters its busy season. Details here.
  • Homeless Services:
    Home OKC has aggregated resources and information for homeless service providers and people who are homeless at
  • Development Services:
    You can conduct business with the Development Center, Business Licensing, and Subdivision & Zoning by phone, email or website. Counters may be closed except for drop-off of files that can't be emailed.
  • Will Rogers World Airport:
    Janitorial staff is sanitizing touch points and high-traffic areas, and using signage to encourage passengers and staff to help limit the chance of infection. Read more here
  • City offices:
    City office buildings are temporarily closed to visitors during the pandemic. We are encouraging residents who can do their business with us by email, phone or fax to do so.
  • City employees:
    We are halting all business travel, except in limited situations. Guidelines are in place for self-isolation for employees who have COVID-19 symptoms, have traveled to certain places on personal time, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. City office buildings are being fogged with disinfectant.
  • City public meetings:
    Many of the City's public meetings may now be conducted by teleconference, after the state government amended the state Open Meetings Act to allow critical functions to continue while still opening meetings to the public. Refer to each meeting agenda at to see the process for participating in each meeting.

Information and resources for people

Information and resources for businesses and organizations

Click here for the latest emergency restrictions in OKC.


  • Departamento de Salud del Condado de Oklahoma City (OCCHD) en Facebook:
  • Centro de llamadas: (405) 425-4489 o (877) 215-8336 
  • (31 Marzo) Orden de "Refugio en el Lugar" en la Ciudad de Oklahoma City como estado de emergencia modificado por el COVID-19
  • (31 Marzo)  El Concejo de la Ciudad de Oklahoma City aprobó un programa sin precedentes de respuesta a emergencias por $5.5 millones para pequeñas empresas de la localidad
  • (27 Marzo) Los trabajadores y compradores no necesitan identificaciones o permisos especiales para conducir en la Ciudad de Oklahoma City durante la emergencia or COVID-19, no hay toque de queda en efecto
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  • ¿Qué significa “Refugio en el Lugar”?
    • Quédese en casa. Las excepciones se incluyen a continuación en esta lista.
    • Puede conducir, andar en bicicleta, caminar y tomar el transporte público. No necesita una identificación especial o un permiso. La policía no le pide a la gente que demuestre por qué están afuera de su casa.
    • Puede comprar comestibles, medicamentos, combustible, reparaciones y otros bienes y servicios esenciales.
    • Puede ir a un restaurante con delivery o para pasar a buscar en su vehículo.
    • Puede ir al médico y atender otras necesidades esenciales.
    • Puede hacer ejercicio al aire libre, incluso en las aceras, senderos y en parques públicos. Puede disfrutar de actividades al aire libre como largas caminatas, paseos en bicicleta y pesca. Los espacios verdes en los parques están abiertos. Pero todos los parques infantiles están cerrados. Los campos de golf, canchas de fitness, parques para perros, centros de recreación y canchas deportivas (baloncesto, tenis, voleibol, etc.) de propiedad municipal están cerrados.
    • Puede ir a trabajar a un trabajo esencial. También puede hacer negocios con alguien que trabaje en un trabajo esencial. Esos trabajos son definidos por el Estado de Oklahoma, usando una lista federal y una provista por el Gobernador. Averigüe más en
    • Puede trabajar desde casa si trabaja en un trabajo definido por el Estado como no esencial. También puede trabajar con alguien que realiza un trabajo no esencial desde su hogar. Incluso si es un trabajo esencial, se alienta a los empleadores a permitir que los empleados trabajen desde casa si es posible.
    • Se permite personal en el sitio incluso en negocios cerrados no esenciales para tareas básicas como mantenimiento y seguridad.
    • Puede ir a ver a un familiar o amigo cercano que lo necesite.
    • Puede hacer donaciones de sangre, ser voluntario en bancos de alimentos y participar en otras actividades de respuesta a desastres.
    • El personal puede estar en sitios religiosos para grabar o transmitir servicios.
    • Manténgase a 6 pies de distancia de los demás, por su seguridad y la de ellos.
    • Lávese las manos antes de salir de su casa y tan pronto como llegue a casa.
    • Puede llamar al 911 si tiene información específica sobre alguien que viola la orden. La policía puede investigar. Los oficiales solicitarán el cumplimiento voluntario, pero pueden usar la discreción para emitir citaciones si es necesario.
  • Practica el distanciamento social y quédate en casa
    • No vaya a la sala de emergencias. Consulte primero con su médico antes de acudir a la sala de emergencias. Estos recursos son críticos y son necesarios para aquellas personas que son más vulnerables y para los que un diagnóstico de COVID-19 puede realmente alterar sus vidas.
    • OCCHD y los hospitales locales quieren que los residentes se queden en casa y se cuiden. Si es el resfriado común, COVID-19 o la gripa, para la mayoría de las personas, un médico les dirá que se queden en casa, que descansen, que tomen muchos líquidos, y que eviten el contacto con los demás.
    • Si sus síntomas empeoran, tiene dificultad para respirar o si tiene fiebre que persiste durante 72 horas, consulte a su médico. Si no tiene un médico particular, por favor llame al (405) 425-4489 para obtener recursos.
Información y recursos en español del gobierno de la ciudad de Oklahoma
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FALSE You need a permit or special ID to drive, walk or use transit in Oklahoma City during the state of emergency.

FACT: You do not need a permit or special ID to drive, walk or use transit in Oklahoma City.

FALSE Police are enforcing a curfew in Oklahoma City.

FACT: There is not a local, state or national curfew in effect.

FALSE The City of Oklahoma City is using helicopters to spray Oklahoma City streets and neighborhoods for COVID-19.

FACT: The City of Oklahoma City is not using helicopters to spray Oklahoma City's streets and neighborhoods.

FALSE: The Oklahoma National Guard is being called out and staging at the State Fair Park.

FACT: The Oklahoma National Guard has activated a Joint Task Force at the Regional Training Institute in Oklahoma City to plan ahead for future operations that may be needed. 

FALSE The American Red Cross is doing door-to-door testing for COVID-19. 

FACT No, the American Red Cross is not providing tests door-to-door.

FALSE The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and/or the Oklahoma National Guard are closing highways at the state line to prevent people from traveling outside the state. 

FACT No, ODOT and/or the Guard are not closing highways.

FALSE Fishing season is closed until further notice. 

FACT No, fishing season has not ended per the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

FALSE At-home coronavirus testing kits are available for purchase for only $4.95. 

FACT No, there are currently no credible test kits on the market for the Coronavirus that someone can administer in their home. The Attorney General issued a consumer alert to announce this is a scam. 

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