Governor Adds Items re: to Fighting COVID-19 Crisis
The governor announced Tuesday what he called amendments to his original executive order on dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.
The amendments come shortly after the Democratic Caucus of the State Legislature sent a letter to Gov. Kevin Stitt demanding that he take stronger action to fight the coronavirus as the crisis seems to be spreading in Oklahoma.
“We remain committed to making decisions based on reliable data, emerging science and the advice of experts from my Governor’s Solution Task Force, the state Department of Health and the CDC on how to best slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Gov. Stitt.
“These new action items will allow us to ensure we remain proactive in our response to this on-going crisis,” he continued.
“We will continue to take the necessary precautions and steps in order to prioritize the health and safety of all 4 million Oklahomans.”
The amended Executive Order provides for the following statewide measures:
- A statewide “Safer at Home” order for adults ages 65 or older and vulnerable individuals with serious underlying medical condition;
- Limits gatherings to no more than 10;
- Prohibits visitations to nursing homes and longterm care facilities; and
- Postpones all elective surgeries, minor medical procedures and non-emergency procedures until April 7.
The amended Executive Order provides for the following measures in counties with community spread of the disease:
- Requires restaurants in Oklahoma counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases to provide take-out and delivery options only and closes all bars in those counties;
- Closes all businesses not identified as being within a critical infrastructure sector, such as gyms, salons, massage parlors and movie theaters, where counties have community spread effective March 25 at 11:59p.m. through April 15.
During the news conference, the governor said his administration is working on a plan to designate hospitals in Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties to treat all COVID-19 patients.