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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 8)

  • COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma: 1,524 (+52 from April 7)
  • COVID-19 cases in OKC metro: 589 (+24 from April 7)
    • 317 in Oklahoma County (15 deaths)
    • 212 in Cleveland County (14 deaths)
    • 40 in Canadian County (1 death)
    • 20 in Pottawatomie County (1 death)
  • 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. The shortage is being addressed, and testing is increasing.

April 3 6 p.m.
The CDC is recommending people wear cloth face coverings when making a rare public outing for essential work or errands. Some key messages:

  1. Do NOT buy medical masks. They’re needed on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Cloth face coverings are for rare times you must be in public for essential work/errands. Physical distancing must continue.
  3. Cloth face coverings aren’t primarily to protect you. They’re primarily to protect you from accidentally infecting others. They keep germs closer to your body, instead of going onto a surface that someone else touches later -- even if that person is wearing a mask.
  4. Many infected people take a long time to develop symptoms, or never do. If they wear cloth face coverings for rare outings, it’ll slow down COVID-19.
  5. What’s a cloth face covering? Here's a do-it-yourself guide from the CDC.
  6. If everyone does this, it will work.

Read more from the CDC.

April 3 1 p.m.
Oklahoma City business owners may apply online April 6-17 at okcSmallBizHelp.com for COVID-19 disaster relief funds from the City’s Small Business Continuity ProgramRead more here.

April 3 1 p.m.
Mayor Holt held a news conference with an update on COVID-19. Watch it here. Read his remarks here.

April 2 2:30 p.m.
Mayor Holt extended the "Shelter in Place" order through April 30, in line with national and State of Oklahoma guidance. Read more here.

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.

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

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Avoid public areas. Stay away from others. Wear a mask or other face covering when you are around other people.
  • 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 a doctor, call (405) 425-4489.
  • Learn more here.

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 through April 30.

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, both public and private. City-owned golf courses, fitness courts, dog parks, disc golf courses, skate parks, recreation centers and sport courts (basketball, tennis, volleyball, etc.) are also 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 Gov. Kevin Stitt. Find out more at okcommerce.gov/covid19.
  • 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 do business with someone doing a non-essential job from home, but do it virtually or by phone. 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.

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.

Cloth face coverings

The CDC is recommending people wear cloth face coverings when making a rare public outing for essential work or errands. Some key messages:

  1. Do NOT buy medical masks. They’re needed on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Cloth face coverings are for rare times you must be in public for essential work/errands. Physical distancing must continue.
  3. Cloth face coverings aren’t primarily to protect you. They’re primarily to protect you from accidentally infecting others. They keep germs closer to your body, instead of going onto a surface that someone else touches later -- even if that person is wearing a mask.
  4. Many infected people take a long time to develop symptoms, or never do. If they wear cloth face coverings for rare outings, it’ll slow down COVID-19.
  5. What’s a cloth face covering? Here's a do-it-yourself guide from the CDC.
  6. If everyone does this, it will work.

Read more from the CDC.

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 okc.gov/agenda will include instructions on how to listen or participate. See canceled public meetings at okc.gov/clerk.

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 through April 30. 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 and interior of the Municipal Court building are closed to the public. For questions or to take care of court business, call (405) 297-3898 (7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays) or email us at municipalcourts@okc.gov. Also, the opportunity to clear years-old warrants at a reduced cost (or no cost for people who can't afford to pay) has been extended to Dec. 31. Read more about that here.
  • 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. Intake of pets surrendered by owners is suspended, with limited exceptions. Details here.
  • Homeless Services:
    Home OKC has aggregated resources and information for homeless service providers and people who are homeless at okc.gov/homeokc.
  • 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. Signs also make arriving passengers aware of the State of Oklahoma's self-quarantine requirements for people traveling from certain areas. 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. Procedures are in place to protect staff and visitors if an employee is suspected of having COVID-19.
  • 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 okc.gov/agenda to see the process for participating in each meeting.

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Information and resources for businesses and organizations

Click here for the latest emergency restrictions in OKC.

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Rumors

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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