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COVID-19 (new coronavirus): There is a COVID-19 emergency proclamation in Oklahoma City, with requirements for social gatherings and business activities. Visit covid19.okc.gov for updates and details.

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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. May 25)

  • COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma: 6,090 (+53 from May 24)
    • 313 deaths (+2 from May 24)
    • 4,714 patients have recovered (+26 from May 24)
  • COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma City: 957 (+6 from May 24)
    • 51 deaths (no change from May 24)
    • 781 patients have recovered (+3 from May 24)

City of OKC Daily Data Report (Updated 8 p.m. May 22)

  • Click here.
  • Next data report to be issued Tuesday, May 26.

May 19
Watch a Virtual Town Hall hosted by three members of the Oklahoma City Council discussing transit and microbusiness grants during the COVID-19 crisis.

May 14
Mayor Holt signed a new emergency proclamation for Oklahoma City’s COVID-19 response that includes required conditions on high-risk activities that are intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Read more here. Read the proclamation itself here.

May 13
The City Council passed a resolution of official support for mass-scale COVID-19 testing, distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) and federal help for municipalities facing a sharp decline in revenue. Read more here.

May 12
Businesses with five or fewer employees located within designated Urban Renewal Areas may apply for a grant at ocura-ok.org for up to $10,000 through the Urban Renewal Authority Small Business Grant Program for COVID-19 disaster relief. Read more here.

April 28
The Utilities Department recommends flushing the water lines before re-opening any business that has been closed long-term during the pandemic. It’s important to flush the lines of stagnant water in the plumbing system. Read more here.

Local guidance

Emergency restrictions in Oklahoma City include required conditions on high-risk activities that are intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus. There are restrictions for food service; personal care services; gyms and other athletic facilities; entertainment and places of worship; and other businesses. Read more here

What to do if you're sick 

COVID-19 symptoms are:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Here's a symptom tracker.

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.

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 videoconference or 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.
    • 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.
    • The Utilities Department recommends flushing the water lines before re-opening any business that has been closed long-term during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important to flush the lines of stagnant water in the plumbing system. Read more here.
  • Residential trash and recycling pickup:
    Trash, recycling and bulky waste pickup may be delayed by up to one day because of increased residential trash volume. Leave it on the curb an extra day before contacting customer service. Read more here.
    • Pickup of bagged trash (including yard clippings) outside of Big Blue carts is temporarily suspended. 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 need 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 is operating on a limited schedule but full service resumes June 7.  No more than 10-12 people are allowed on buses (depending on type). 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 transit vehicles in use are being sanitized at least daily. Read more about EMBARK's COVID-19 safety efforts.
  • Parks:
    Senior centers are closed. All senior activities are canceled. Parks are still open, and you can still enjoy the outdoors while maintaining a distance of 6 feet between others. Wash your hands before you go to the park, and as soon as you get home. Permit sales for fishing, boating and other activities are available online. Details on that here.
  • Municipal Court:
    Sessions are canceled through at least June 1. 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 (8 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:
    Airlines are requiring passengers to wear face masks while onboard aircraft. 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. The airport is receiving stimulus funds from the federal government to ensure continuous safe operation of the airport during the economic crisis. 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:
    All business travel, except in limited situations, is halted. 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 videoconference or 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.

Information and resources for people

Information and resources for businesses and organizations

Click here for the latest emergency restrictions in OKC.

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Información general

El Alcalde Holt y los funcionarios de salud pública instan a los residentes y empleadores de la Ciudad de Oklahoma City a seguir las mejores prácticas recomendadas por el Departamento de Salud de la Ciudad y del Condado de Oklahoma (OCCHD, por sus siglas en inglés). Las mejores prácticas incluyen:

  • Mantenga la distancia social.
  • Usa una cubierta (tapabocas) de tela para la cara cuando se encuentren en lugares públicos. Haga clic aquí para obtener una guía sobre cómo hacer una en casa.
  • Los lugares de trabajo deben cumplir con todas las pautas de distanciamiento e higiene generales y específicas de la industria.
  • Trabajar desde casa si es posible.
  • Limite los viajes innecesarios.
  • Acomodar a los empleados de alto riesgo.
  • Minimice el contacto cara-a-cara.
  • Usa horarios de trabajo flexibles o turnos escalonados.

Servicios alimentarios y similar

Los restaurantes, bares, cervecerías, bodegas, tabernas, plazas de comidas en centros comerciales, salas de comidas, cafeterías, discotecas, bares para fumadores o de vapor, o algos establecimientos con servicios de comida similares, deben mantener los siguientes estándares, como mínimo, a fin de limitar la propagación del virus:

  • Deben revisar la temperatura de los empleados todos los días, ya sea que lo hagan ellos mismos o su empleador. Los empleados con una fiebre de más de 100.4 grados o más no deben estar en las instalaciones.
  • Los mozos y el personal que interactúe con clientes debe usar una mascarilla o cubierta facial, a menos que el empleado esté detrás de una barrera como el Plexiglass.
  • Las mesas de los comensales deben estar por lo menos a 6 pies de distancia una de otra.
  • Los menús deben ser descartables o poderse desinfectar con desinfectantes antimicrobianos después de cada uso.
  • Los frascos de condimentos deben desinfectarse después de cada cambio de comensal o servirse en un paquete de uso único, en un contenedor descartable o en un plato lavable.
  • Un solo empleado debe atender los servicios en bufés y barras de ensaladas.
  • Las mesas, sillas y objetos necesarios para completar la compra deben desinfectarse con desinfectantes antimicrobianos después de cada uso.
  • Los patios de pie solo están limitados al 50% de la capacidad total de ocupación del patio.

Servicios de atención personal

Los salones de belleza, de manicure, barberías, centros de cosmetología, centros estéticos, centros de depilación láser, spa, centros de masajes, tiendas de tatuajes y centros de piercing deben seguir los protocolos de desinfección de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades de EE. UU. (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés), así como deben cumplir los siguientes estándares como mínimo:

  • Deben revisar la temperatura de los empleados todos los días, ya sea que lo hagan ellos mismos o su empleador. Los empleados con una fiebre de más de 100.4 grados o más no deben estar en las instalaciones.
  • Los empleados deben usar mascarillas o cubiertas faciales.
  • Se debe ofrecer mascarillas faciales a todos los clientes que no tengan la suya propia.
  • Todas las sillas y herramientas deben desinfectarse utilizando desinfectantes antimicrobianos entre un cliente y otro.
  • Mientras reciban servicios, los clientes deben permanecer por lo menos a 6 pies de distancia de otros clientes.

Gimnasios y otras instalaciones atléticas

Los Centros de Salud Para Personas Mayores de la Ciudad de OKC permanecerán cerrados hasta que el Gobernador Kevin Stitt levante la orden "Más Seguro en el Hogar" para personas de 65 años y mayores, y personas con afecciones médicas graves.

Todos los gimnasios, centros de recreación, centros para hacer ejercicios, centros deportivos interiores, centros de montañismo en interiores, boleras, pistas de patinaje, parques de trampolines e instalaciones similares deben mantener un estricto distanciamiento social, cumplir los protocolos de desinfección del CDC y mantener estos estándares.

  • Deben revisar la temperatura de los empleados todos los días, ya sea que lo hagan ellos mismos o su empleador. Los empleados con una fiebre de más de 100.4 grados o más no deben estar en las instalaciones.
  • Los empleados que tengan contacto con el público deben usar mascarillas o cubiertas faciales, a menos que el empleado esté detrás de una barrera como el Plexiglass.
  • Las perillas, entradas, mostradores y otras superficies de alto tránsito deben limpiarse y desinfectarse regularmente con desinfectantes antimicrobianos.
  • Los casilleros y baños, especialmente las superficies de alto tránsito, deben limpiarse y desinfectarse regularmente, así como contar con suministros para lavarse las manos.
  • Los suministros para lavarse o desinfectarse las manos deben estar disponibles para los empleados y clientes.
  • Los clientes o empleados deben limpiar y desinfectar los equipos compartidos y de alquiler después de cada uso, utilizando desinfectantes antimicrobianos.
  • Todo servicio de comida debe cumplir con los requisitos de servicio de comida mencionados anteriormente.

Lugares de entretenimiento y oración

Los cines y teatros, auditorios, salas de bingo, locales deportivos, parques de diversiones, lugares de oración y otras empresas en las que se reúnan personas para una presentación o entretenimiento deben mantener un estricto distanciamiento social, deben cumplir los protocolos de desinfección del CDC, así como los siguientes estándares, como mínimo:

  • Deben revisar la temperatura de los empleados todos los días, ya sea que lo hagan ellos mismos o su empleador. Los empleados con una fiebre de más de 100.4 grados o más no deben estar en las instalaciones.
  • Ofrecer los asientos de manera escalonada, con por lo menos dos asientos entre cada grupo de clientes en la misma fila. Una fila, cada dos, debe permanecer cerrada. Los asientos móviles deben estar espaciados para lograr el mismo espacio.
  • Todos los servicios de comida deben cumplir los requerimientos para servicios alimentarios, los cuales se indican más arriba.

¿Qué sigue?

Las pautas de la Casa Blanca y del Estado de Oklahoma para esta fase requieren que dure por lo menos dos semanas.

El Alcalde Holt tiene el propósito de seguir cumpliendo los criterios definidos por la Casa Blanca mientras evalúa la preparación de la Ciudad de Oklahoma para una nueva fase, seguirá prestando atención a los funcionarios de salud pública y se mantendrá en contacto con el Gobernador, así como con funcionarios de salud pública.

Para ver los planes del Estado de Oklahoma para esta nueva fase, conocida como el Plan OURS, visite okcommerce.gov/covid19.

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. 

Federal Emergency Management Administration's (FEMA) rumor page

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