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SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19

03/21/20

  • As of this advisory, there are 53 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. Results are beginning to come in from the public-private partnership with Diagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma (DLO), who took on an additional 300 tests for the state.
  • Last night, the U.S. Small Business Administration approved the State of Oklahoma's request for disaster loans for small businesses across all 77 counties who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses and non-profit groups can apply for up to $2 million in loans through the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Information for loan applications can be found at www.sba.gov/disaster.
  • The Oklahoma State Department of Health continues to support guidelines from the CDC related to social distancing and personal hygiene. OSDH encourages Oklahomans to reduce person-to-person contact, wash hands frequently, and avoid touching your face. If you develop symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or cough, please contact your medical professional or call 211 for assistance.
  • For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov. 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Positive (In-State)

53

Positive (Out-of-State)

2

Negative

560

PUIs Pending Results

144

Hospitalizations

10

Deaths

1

Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-03-21 at 11:00 a.m.

 

 

ED)--Mayor George Pankonin has signed an emergency declaration for the city of Enid.

 

The following regulations will go into effect Saturday, March 21 11:59PM:

  • Social gatherings of more than ten are prohibited.
  • Religious services are limited to gatherings of ten or less.
  • Public restaurants are limited to drive through, take out, or delivery options.
  • Bars, gyms, exercise facilities, miniature golf, bowling alleys, arcades, skating rinks, and movie theatres are closed to the public.

 

The regulations will expire April 13, 2020, at 11:59pm unless extended.

 

Mayor George Pankonin said, “After much research, thought and discussion, I have decided to take our Emergency proclamation to the inevitable next step. It would be irresponsible to hold off until someone is critically ill or deceased in our city to make this tough decision.” OSDH has provided a statewide COVID-19 Call Center: (877) 215-8336. Hours of operation are: 9AM – 7PM weekdays and 9AM – 3PM weekends. To stay updated with City information regarding COVID-19, residents should access the city website regularly at: www.Enid.org/coronavirus or on social media at: Facebook.com/cityofenidoklahoma.

 

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BD)--If you are looking for a proactive way to help, consider giving blood. Blood donation is safe and critically important, despite concerns surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19). Jessie from the NWOBI says they are taking every step to ensure donors are safe. Officials said Oklahoma Blood Institute is committed to safety for their donors, patients, and communities, and urge people to keep your scheduled appointments and continue to donate blood. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reports no cases of COVID-19 transmitted through blood transfusion, and respiratory viruses generally are not known to be transmitted by blood transfusion.

 

HC)--St. Mary's Regional Medical Center and Integris Bass Baptist Health Center have tightened restrictions on visitors to their facilities, due to the threat of spreading the coronavirus. Bass now has a policy of only allowing one visitor per patient for the length of the hospital stay. No visitors younger than 17 are allowed, and people who are sick are asked not to visit. Visitation is 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, with the exception of patients in isolation. All visitors need to enter through the Emergency Room entrance and will be screened. St. Mary's is not allowing visitors to inpatient rooms, with the exception of a patient  at the end of life.

 

GM)--Loaves & Fishes of Northwest Oklahoma has received a $10,000 award to assist area families in need. Great Plains Insurance won the 2020 Make More Happen Award from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance. The award includes a $10,000 donation to Loaves & Fishes, to benefit the nonprofit food resource center’s work in the community. With its buying power through Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Loaves & Fishes can feed a family of four for three weeks for only $34. The $10,000 award will provide meals and supplies for 294 families, including fresh produce, low-fat dairy, lean meats, bakery items, and household and hygiene items.

 

SM)--Beginning March 23, Enid Public Schools will offer FREE “grab and go” sack lunches and breakfasts for all children under the age of 18 at the following locations: Garfield Elementary School, Glenwood Elementary School and Enid High School. Breakfast will be served from 7:30-8:30 am, and lunch will be provided from 11:15 am-12:30 pm. Parents are asked to pull through the school drive, and meals will be delivered to the family’s car. Due to US Department of Agriculture guidelines, students must be present in the car to receive a meal.

 

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