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Oklahoma Governor expands, extends "Safer at Home" order

Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt confirmed the state's first case of COVID-19  on March 6.
Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt confirmed the state's first case of COVID-19 on March 6.(KXII)
Published: Apr. 1, 2020 at 4:25 PM CDT
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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt issued a statewide executive order Wednesday that extends his "Safer at Home" order until April 30 and expanded it to all 77 counties.

"Safer at Home" previously only applied to counties with confirmed positive COVID-19 cases.

Specifically, the order...

-Enforces “Safer at Home” order across all 77 counties, requiring those age 65 and older and individuals who are immunocompromised or have pre-existing conditions to shelter in their homes, leaving only for essential needs like groceries or prescriptions, until April 30.

-Closes non-essential businesses that are in Oklahoma counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19:

--Businesses deemed essential can be found here: https://www.okcommerce.gov/wp-content/uploads/Oklahoma-Essential-Industries-List.pdf

--Restaurants may remain open in these counties but must close their dine-in area, offering instead curbside pickup and delivery.

-Counties that must be in compliance can be found listed here: on www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov

-Suspends elective surgeries, minor medical procedures, and non-emergency dental procedures beginning March 25 for the next two weeks to preserve medical supplies and PPE for COVID-19 response.

-Prohibits gatherings of 10 or more individuals.

-Prohibits visitors at nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities.

-Requires individuals to quarantine for 14 days once returning from the following states where national experts have identified significant community spread of COVID-19:

-New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Louisiana, California, Washington

Copy of the latest executive order is here: https://www.sos.ok.gov/documents/executive/1924.pdf

-Activated the Oklahoma National Guard Regional Training Institute where 29 members of the Guard have been mobilized to observe COVID-19 developments and be ready to take any necessary actions requested by the governor to help communities and hospitals.

-Formed the Governor’s Solution Task Force to provide comprehensive solutions for COVID-19 pandemic, from forward planning for statewide hospital capacity to innovative strategizing for economic impact.

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