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Oklahoma Seeing Rise In COVID-19 Cases

Pictured is the most recent COVID-19 data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health

Oklahoma has seen a dramatic uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 377 reported cases as of Saturday and 15 deaths.
The counties of Le Flore and Nowata are now required to come into compliance with Gov. Kevin Stitt's Safer at Home order issued Monday. 

The following are statewide measures included in Stitt's executive order: 

  • That order advises Oklahomans to abide by the following:
  • Stay home and avoid groups of 10 or more people
  • Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts. Instead use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options
  • Avoid discretionary travel, gyms, social visits, and shopping trips
  • Do not visit nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities

 The executive order put the following meaures into place for counties with community spread:

  • 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, through April 15. 

The order also calls for non-essential businesses in counties with COVID-19 cases to temporarily suspend services, until at least April 16. 
As of Friday, new regional drive-thru testing sites are open in four Oklahoma cities, with two more sites being opened in western Oklahoma by next week. More information about those sites can be found at the Oklahoma State Department of Health website.

For more on Stitt’s executive orders and other COVID-19 developments and information, visit this website.  

Angie is a journalist with years of experience reporting local news and regional news for High Plains Public Radio.