Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma anticipates $416 million revenue failure, Stitt says

Governor Stitt announces volunteer program

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Update 11:00 a.m. April 5

  • As of Sunday morning, there are 1,252 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
  • There are an additional four deaths:
  • Three in Cleveland County, two males and a female older than 65.
  • One in Seminole County, a male older than 65.
  • There are 46 total deaths in the state.

Update 4:30 p.m. April 4

Governor Kevin Stitt announced the launch of a new volunteer initiative that will connect courageous Oklahomans to volunteer opportunities in their communities, once health professionals determine it is safe and appropriate to do so.

The program, called Ready. Help. Go., provides a place for Oklahomans to offer their hand in future volunteer opportunities. Ready. Help. Go.’s first phase will focus on gathering information about willing volunteers and their skill sets and is intended to support communities throughout the state through the COVID-19 response and beyond.

Update 11 a.m. April 4

  • There are 1,159 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
  • There are an additional four deaths:
  • One in Cleveland County, a female older than 65.
  • One in Latimer County, a male older than 65.
  • One in Osage County, a male in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Washington County, a female older than 65.
  • There are 42 total deaths in the state.
  • In an effort to prepare for medical surge and prolonged response, the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (OKMRC) is recruiting volunteers to serve in medical and non-medical positions. For more information, visit okmrc.org.
  • Local public health departments around the state continue to open additional drive-thru COVID-19 testing locations across the state. Find the drive-thru locations by clicking here.
  • For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

Oklahoma anticipates $416 million revenue failure, Stitt says

Update 2:09 p.m. April 3: Gov. Stitt said Friday the state could experience a $416 million revenue failure of approximately $416 million for the rest of fiscal year 2020, which ends June 30.

“This revenue failure is not unexpected given the significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the dramatic downturn in the oil and gas markets,” said Gov. Stitt. “Times like these further reinforce how critically important it was for our House and Senate leadership to work with me to save an additional $200 million during last year’s budget surplus.”
Gov. Kevin Stitt

Tulsa health officials hold news conference after county deaths rise

Update 12:00 p.m. April 3: The City of Tulsa and the Health Department held a news conference Friday after the state announced three new deaths from coronavirus in Tulsa County.

One of the dispatchers at Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office tested positive for the virus. A volunteer at the sheriff’s office died from the virus.

According to the Tulsa Health Department, 20 of the 175 cases in Tulsa County have recovered.

988 positive cases in the state, death toll rises to 38

Update 10:40 a.m. April 3: There were 988 cases of coronavirus in Oklahoma -- including 38 deaths.

The four new deaths include two people in Muskogee County.

There are an additional four deaths:

  • Three in Tulsa County, three women older than 65.
  • One in Cleveland County, a woman older than 65.
  • There are 38 total deaths in the state.

Gov. Stitt holds daily briefing

Update 4:30 p.m. April 2: Gov. Kevin Stitt held a briefing from Oklahoma City on Thursday. Watch it here:

We are live providing an update on the State's response to COVID-19.

Live update with Health Commissioner Gary Cox on Oklahoma's response to #COVID19.

Posted by Governor Kevin Stitt on Thursday, April 2, 2020

Oklahoma numbers rise to 879, four more people die

Update 11:10 a.m. April 2: Oklahoma cases of coronavirus jumped to 879 including four more people who died from it.

  • Two in Tulsa County, a man in the 36-49 age group and a man older than 65.
  • One in Stephens County, a man older than 65.
  • One in Muskogee County, a man older than 65.
  • There are 34 total deaths in the state.

Gov. Stitt declares statewide health emergency to help with virus response

Update 10:10 a.m. April 2: Gov. Kevin Stitt declared a health emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties for the next 30 days.

The declaration gives Stitt broader powers to take action against the spread of coronavirus in the state.

He designated the Oklahoma State Commissioner of Health as the primary public health authority responding to the emergency.

“This declaration also gives the governor the authority to allow health care professionals who have left the workforce to quickly rejoin the front lines against COVID-19 and protect first responders by helping them manage their personal protective equipment (PPE)," Stitt’s office says.

“By loosening some restrictions, first responders will be able to know if the home they are dispatched to has a resident who has tested positive for COVID-19. Patient names and other identifying information will still be restricted.”

Gov. Stitt joins FOX23 to give the latest updates on testing and coronavirus action

Update 6:57 a.m. April 2: Gov. Kevin Stitt joined FOX23 News This Morning to talk about the work the state is doing to increase COVID-19 testing for everyone and more about the virus in the area.

WATCH: Gov. Stitt joins FOX23 to talk about the latest coronavirus situation in Oklahoma

Tulsa police officer tests positive for COVID-19

Update 5:01 a.m. April 2: The Tulsa Police Department tweeted that one of their officers tested positive for coronavirus.

The department is asking the public to continue filing police reports online if possible.

Gov. Stitt extends executive orders to all 77 counties

Update 3:31 p.m. April 1: Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday he has extended his Safer at Home executive orders to all 77 Oklahoma counties.

He also said the state is lifting restrictions on who can be tested for COVID-19 and encouraged anyone with symptoms, or who had contact with a positive case, to go get test as soon as possible.

Watch the news conference here:

We are live providing an update on the State's response to COVID-19.

We are live providing an update on the State’s response to COVID-19.

Posted by Governor Kevin Stitt on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

City of Tulsa extends “Safer At Home” and adds small business relief fund

Update 7:09 a.m. April 1: The City of Tulsa and local health officials held a news conference to share the latest information on the coronavirus situation.

The city’s “stay at home” order is extended to April 30.

Mayor Bynum also announced the city plans to partner with Tulsa County, the Tulsa Day Center, and Salvation Army to help shelters accommodate more homeless people while maintaining social distance.

The city is also establishing a Resilience and Recovery fund with $1.1 million from the city to help small businesses.

Oklahoma cases reach 719, death toll reaches 30

Update 7:09 a.m. April 1: Oklahoma coronavirus cases hit 719 including 30 deaths from the virus in the state.

Greer County is the latest county to get added to Gov. Stitt’s “Safer at Home” order after getting its first case.

Tulsa County is up to 115 cases.

The seven new deaths came from these areas:

  • Three in Oklahoma County, a woman in the 50-64 age group and a man and woman older than 65.
  • One in Greer County, a woman older than 65.
  • One in Kay County, a man older than 65.
  • One in Mayes County, a man in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Osage County, a man older than 65.

Bixby mayor signs Shelter At Home Executive Order

Update 7:09 a.m. April 1: Bixby Mayor Brian Guthrie signed an Executive Order Tuesday for all residents that will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Broken Arrow issues shelter-in-place order

Update 8:09 p.m. March 31: Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond issued a shelter-in-place order for all residents effective noon on Wednesday.

Under this proclamation:

  • Residents can still go out for essential trips such as buying groceries or gas, picking up prescriptions, medical care, or caring for a loved one, including pets.
  • Non-essential businesses must remain closed. Essential businesses that are open include grocery stores and restaurants, which are using ONLY drive-thru, delivery, or inside or curbside pickup.
  • Everyone must practice social distancing while making those essential trips.
  • It is imperative everyone follow the social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
  • City-owned parks and open spaces remain accessible. Certain amenities and playgrounds are closed. Golf courses remain open but will be closed if they do not comply.

To reduce the community spread of COVID-19, Mayor Craig Thurmond has issued a shelter in place order for all residents. Please note that this emergency order takes effect on 12:00 noon, April 1, 2020 and will continue through April 30. The order states that all Broken Arrow residents are required to stay at home except for those that are working in essential jobs or to take care of essential needs such as buying groceries, gas, medical care, or caring for a loved one. We ask everyone to please maintain social distancing at all times when you’re out. For more information please visit brokenarrowok.gov/coronavirus.

Posted by City of Broken Arrow - Municipality on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Saint Francis Health System begins in-house COVID-19 testing

Update 4:20 p.m. March 31: The Saint Francis Health System in northeastern Oklahoma is now performing COVID-19 testing in-house.

Previously, collected specimens were sent out-of-state. Now they will be processed in the Saint Francis Laboratory with results typically reported within 24 hours.

“Initially, our in-house testing capabilities were limited. Like most hospitals, we didn’t have enough kits. The Saint Francis Center for Genetic Testing was able to manually process about 75 tests a day—these tests were being used for critical inpatients and emergency department (ED) patients,” said Doug Williams, senior vice president and administrator of Saint Francis Hospital. “Now, we have the ability to serve our patient population in a way that is congruent with how most of our testing is done.”
Doug Williams, senior vice president and administrator of Saint Francis Hospital

There is no up-front, out-of-pocket cost for patients being tested through Warren Clinic – it is handled like all other lab requests throughout the system. And, like all other lab testing, a physician order is still required. Warren Clinic’s process for screening and referral to testing has not changed and patients should still call their primary care physician if they are symptomatic or have had exposure to someone who has tested positive.

Tulsa County elections moved from April

Update: 1:02 p.m. March 31: The Tulsa County Board of Elections is moving the upcoming election scheduled for April 7.

All school board election on that ballot will be moved to June 30.

The bond issues for Berryhill Public Schools, Keystone Public Schools, and the City of Jenks do not have a new date set.

Six more people die, cases jump to 565 in Oklahoma

Update: 11:30 a.m. March 31: There are now 565 positive cases of coronavirus in Oklahoma and six more people have died from the virus.

  • Three in Oklahoma County, a man and woman in the 50-64 age group and another man older than 65.
  • One in Canadian County, a man older than 65.
  • One in Muskogee County, a man older than 65.
  • One in Wagoner County, a man older than 65.
  • There are 23 total deaths in the state.

Claremore police, fire departments make changes in response to COVID-19

Update: 3:18 p.m. March 30: Now that a positive case of COVID-19 has been found in Rogers County, the Claremore police and fire departments are making changes to slow the spread.

Both departments will limit non-essential public activities including station tours and other events with 10 or more people.

Visitors will no longer be allowed at either agency and non-emergency needs will be directed to the police department at 918-341-1212 and the fire department at (918) 341-1477.

Cases rise near 500, one more person dies

Update 8:48 a.m. March 30: State officials released new numbers showing 481 cases of coronavirus in Oklahoma.

A Cleveland County man died from the virus -- bringing the state’s death toll to 17.

New counties with cases include Beckham, Cotton and Love counties. These counties will now be required to come into compliance with Governor Kevin Stitt’s “Safer at Home” executive order.

Jenks issues ordinance like Tulsa’s “safer at home”

Update 8:48 a.m. March 30: Jenks City Council passed Ordinance 1511 which orders Jenks citizens to shelter in their homes other than conducting essential activities or operating essential businesses.

The ordinance goes into effect at 11:59 p.m on March 30 and ends at 11:59 p.m. April 16.

Jenks citizens are legally required to stay at least 6 feet away from others in public.

Jenks police will enforce the new ordinance and may issue citations to repeat offenders.

Oklahoma cases rise to 429

Update 7:19 p.m. March 29:

  • As of this advisory, there are 429 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. New counties with cases include Garfield, Rogers, Seminole and Texas counties. These counties will now be required to come into compliance with Governor Kevin Stitt's "Safer at Home" executive order that calls for non-essential businesses in counties with COVID-19 cases to temporarily suspend services until April 16.
  • There is an additional deaths in Oklahoma:
  • One in Oklahoma County: a male over age 50-64
  • There are 16 total deaths in the state.
  • Governor Stitt’s “Safer at Home” Executive Order remains in place thru April 30 for all 77 counties in Oklahoma, requiring those over the age of 65 as well as immunocompromised children and adults to shelter at home unless getting groceries, attending a medical appointment, or participating in a daily exercise.
  • The Stitt administration and Oklahoma hospitals are together working on a plan to increase ICU capacities by 40%. In addition, the Governor on Friday requested FEMA to begin a survey for additional locations where the State could expand hospital locations for treating COVID-19 patients. More details will be released in the coming days.
  • Due to our increased number of test kits and drive-thru locations, we have received more specimens than we can process at this time and are utilizing our partnerships with private labs. Our private lab partners have expanded to include Regional Medical Laboratory (RML) in Okla. City and Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL) in Austin, in addition to Diagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma (DLO).
  • For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

Update 5:55 p.m. March 29:

Governor Stitt announced a new executive order regarding traveling:

“As we continue to respond to #COVID19, I have issued an EO requiring travelers from six states to self-quarantine for 14 days, requiring delivery personnel to submit to screenings upon request at hospitals, clinics, long term care facilities and day cares and protecting health care workers and their families from discrimination in housing or childcare. Our health care workers are the true heroes in this fight against COVID-19. These protections will help us #FlattenTheCurve and continue to keep our health care workers and their families safe as they take care of their fellow Oklahomans.”

To read the executive order, click here.

An emergency executive order was issued for the city of Catoosa:

Emergency Executive Order 2020-02, Order Issued Pursuant to Civil Emergency Authority Requiring Shelter In Place and Closure of All Non-Essential Businesses. This order shall take effect at 11:59 a.m. on March 30, 2020 and shall continue in effect indefinitely.

Update 11:10 a.m. March 29:

  • There are 429 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. New counties with cases include Garfield, Rogers, Seminole and Texas counties. These counties will now be required to come into compliance with Governor Kevin Stitt’s “Safer at Home” executive order that calls for non-essential businesses in counties with COVID-19 cases to temporarily suspend services until April 16.
  • There is an additional death in Oklahoma:
  • One in Oklahoma County: a man age 50-64
  • There are 16 total deaths in the state

Bynum, Holt issue shelter-in-place orders for Tulsa, OKC

Update 12:15 p.m. March 28: Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum issued an executive order putting the city under a shelter-in-place directive beginning at 11:59 p.m. Saturday night and ending April 16. The order will be evaluated then.

Today, I have signed an order requiring shelter-in-place protocols for Tulsa. The Tulsa Safer At Home executive order...

Posted by Mayor GT Bynum on Saturday, March 28, 2020

Please note as part of the executive order issued today, all City-owned sport courts, golf courses, sports fields and dog parks are closed, and the use of any fitness equipment, playground equipment, or shelters within City Parks is prohibited even if not locked, gated, or fenced.

View the full executive order here.

Watch the news conference here:

3/28/2020 COVID-19 - Tulsa Situation Update

Posted by City of Tulsa Gov on Saturday, March 28, 2020

Hundreds of people across Oklahoma infected with COVID-19

Update 11 a.m. March 28: There are 377 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma as of Saturday. New counties with cases include Le Flore and Nowata counties. These counties will now be required to come into compliance with Governor Kevin Stitt’s “Safer at Home” executive order that calls for non-essential businesses in counties with COVID-19 cases to temporarily suspend services until April 16.

  • There are an additional seven deaths in Oklahoma:
  • Two in Cleveland County: a man and a woman, both over age 65
  • Two in Tulsa County: a man and a woman, both over age 65
  • One in Oklahoma County: a woman over age 65
  • One in Sequoyah County: a woman in the 50-64 age group
  • One in Wagoner County: a woman over age 65
  • There are 15 total deaths in the state.

Update 10:34 p.m. March 27: The Oklahoma Health Department reports 322 positive cases of coronavirus across 38 counties.

That’s 248 more cases than we knew about on Monday. Much of that is a reflection of increased testing. Gov. Stitt. announced Thursday that Oklahoma State University now has the reagents to perform 10,000 tests.

The state reports 105 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized. The most recent death, a Creek County man in his 70s, brings the state’s death toll to 8.

Oklahoma County has the most cases with 94, followed by Tulsa County with 49.