- On March 24, Gov. Kevin Stitt issued a "safer at home" executive order for all vulnerable populations effective at midnight tonight until April 30.
- Select Highlights from 2020-03-24 Governor Stitt's Fourth Amended Executive Order:
- Effective at 11 :59 p.m. on March 25, 2020, all businesses not identified as being within a critical infrastructure sector as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and located in a county experiencing community spread of COVID-19, as identified by OSDH on its website, shall close. Additional sectors may be designated as critical by Executive Order or Memorandum. Nothing in this provision shall prevent restaurants and bars from providing pick-up, curbside, and delivery. This shall be effective until April 16, 2020.
- Social gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited. Businesses within a critical infrastructure sector, as more particularly described herein, shall take all reasonable steps necessary to comply with this Order and protect their employees, workers, and patrons.
- Adults over the age of sixty-five (65) and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions, collectively referred to as "vulnerable individuals," shall stay in their home or place of residence except for working in a critical infrastructure sector, as more particularly described herein, and the conduct of essential errands. Essential errands shall mean those errands which are critical to everyday life and includes obtaining medication, groceries, gasoline, and visiting medical providers. The vulnerable population is encouraged to use delivery and/or curbside services whenever available.
- Oklahomans and medical providers in Oklahoma shall postpone all elective surgeries, minor medical procedures, and non-emergency dental procedures until April 7, 2020.
- Visitors are prohibited from entering and visiting patients and residents at nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and retirement homes.
- Select Highlights from 2020-03-24 Governor Stitt's Fourth Amended Executive Order:
- In accordance with Gov. Kevin Stitt's executive order, here is the Department of Homeland Security's list of essential jobs
- Gov. Stitt's Executive memorandum where he has added additional businesses to the list specific to Oklahomans in affected counties
- Gov. Stitt's amended executive memorandum that adds to essential business list here
- As of March 19, Logan County now has one confirmed case of COVID-19. There are now 44 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health.
- As of March 24, Oklahoma has 106 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health
- As of March 30, Oklahoma has 481 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and Logan County has four, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health
- As of April 1, Oklahoma has 719 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and Logan County has four, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health
- On March 20, The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced it has entered into a new public-private partnership with Diagnostic Labs of Oklahoma (DLO) to increase the State of Oklahoma’s capacity for delivering results for COVID-19 tests. As a result of the new partnership, more than 300 test specimens were immediately shipped yesterday to DLO’s facility in Dallas, Texas, for results within the next couple days.
- Mayor Gentling declares a State of Emergency for the City of Guthrie
- “Everyone at the city is concerned about safety and we feel these measures will minimize risk. We encourage you to find good resources to get your information from such as the Logan County Health Department. This is also a good time to check on your neighbors to make sure they are taken care of whether it be just a phone call.”
- Dr. Mike Simpson issues statement regarding the closing of Oklahoma Public Schools until April 6
- Beginning on March 23rd, sack lunches will be available for curbside pickup Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in the parking lots of Central and Cotteral Elementary. These lunches will be made available for anyone between the ages of 1 and 18 at no charge. It is not required that they be a student of Guthrie Public Schools.
- The Oklahoma State Senate has closed through March 27.
- InterBank has temporarily closed their lobby. The drive thru will remain open. If you are unable to complete your banking services online or through the drive thru, please call 405-282-0470
Onsite services at Guthrie American Legion LeBron Post 58 suspended; Service Officers available via phone and email
- Stacy's Place to close during statewide safer at home measures.
- Small Business Administration Assistance Available: The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Oklahoma small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Level Up Arcade: temporarily closed
First Capital Trolley: “We have not made changes as of yet. We have added more cleaning and sanitizers to our vehicle. We have been unable to obtain more mask, sanitizer, etc. so when we run out not sure what we will do.”
Community Church: “Effective on March 15, we will not pass communion trays. Instead, we will station two tables left and right of the stage and one in the back for the communion elements. Ushers will man these tables with gloves and hand anyone desiring communion their stacked cups…As of March 15, not passing offering plates and will instead have ushers stationed in the back. Tithes and offerings may be shared via online giving (communitychurch.tv/give), mobile app, or by mail (PO Box 1413, 73044)… We encourage you to take proactive, preventive measures against the cold and flu virus including washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, covering your sneeze or cough, and worshiping with us from home if you are sick, not feeling well, or more susceptible to illness.”
As of March 17, Logan Co. Aging is suspending meals served in a congregate site.
Clients can pick up a meal in our drive by service between the hours of 11:30 until noon Monday thru Friday at Highland Hall, Crescent and Marshall.
People that utilize the trolley will be getting homebound meals delivered to them at home. Homemaker services are suspended until further notice.
Questions about other assistance will be answered by calling the office at 282-1803. On weekends please call Marlene Snow 314-4752 if you have an emergency.
Oklahoma State Bank’s lobby is closed through Monday, March 30. The drive in open and special arrangements for safety deposit boxes and other specific needs can be arranged.
Guthrie Public Library is scheduled to be closed from Tuesday, March 17 until Tuesday, May 12
Logan County Bake Show scheduled for April 4, 2020 has been cancelled
Annual Trash off on April 3-4 has been cancelled
In response to the COVID-19 global outbreak, the Logan County Court System is taking the following actions:
- All Jurors that have received a summons to report April 6, 2020 will no longer need to report
- All Jury Trials, non-jury trails and preliminary hearings are hereby stricken for the months of March and April.
- All in custody Felony and Misdemeanor dockets shall continue to operate as schedules.
- All out of custody Felony and Misdemeanor schedules for March 20, 2020 is rescheduled for May 15, 2020.
- All out of custody Felony and Misdemeanor scheduled for April 3, 2020 is rescheduled for May 1, 2020
- All out of custody Felony and Misdemeanor scheduled for April 20, 2020 is rescheduled for May 15, 2020
- All Domestic dockets scheduled for March 24, 2020 is rescheduled for May 26, 2020.
- All Domestic dockets scheduled for April 7, 2020 is rescheduled for May 5, 2020
- All Domestic dockets scheduled for April 28, 2020 is rescheduled for May 26, 2020
- All Deprived dockets scheduled for March 18, April 1 and April 15, 2020 will be rescheduled for May 2020 (please contact your attorney or case worker for your exact date.)
- All Juvenile Delinquent dockets shall remain as scheduled
- Arraignments will remain daily at 1:30 p.m.
- The Guthrie Noon Lions Club Pancake Feast scheduled for March 30 is postponed to a later date due to the COVID-19 virus. All tickets purchased will be honored at that time.
Board members of the Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society have made the decision to follow the recommendations of local and federal officials and close the Arcadia Round Barn until further notice. The closure will include the cancellation of live music concerts scheduled for the coming weekend. An announcement will be sent to the news media and posted on the Round Barn Facebook page when it is deemed safe to re-open the Route 66 attraction.
- Oklahoma Democratic Party: To maintain the health of the employees, volunteers, and visitors of the Oklahoma Democratic Party during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the offices will be closed through April 1, 2020.
- 2020 Presidential Preferential Convention Cancelled
- The Oklahoma Democratic Party Central Committee met on Saturday, March 14, 2020, and collectively decided to develop an alternative plan to the Presidential Preferential Convention previously scheduled for April 4, 2020. That plan will be communicated once approved by the DNC.
Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Issues Emergency Measures to Protect Against Coronavirus
- 2020 Presidential Preferential Convention Cancelled
- Stillwater declares state of emergency: Due to a recently confirmed case of COVID-19 in Payne County, Mayor Will Joyce has declared a state of emergency in Stillwater in response to the spreading COVID-19 virus. This declaration closes some City-owned facilities, cancels events and meetings, and highly encourages local restaurants, bars and businesses to impose strict social distancing measures. It will begin Monday, March 16 at 12 a.m. and will remain in effect until Sunday, April 5—but it can be extended if need be.
- The City-owned facilities that will be closed during this time are listed below:
- Stillwater Public Library
- Stillwater Community Center
- Stillwater Senior Center
- Stillwater Parks and Recreation (facilities and events)
- Stillwater Area Sports Association (leagues and events)
- Oklahoma County jury trials set for the weeks of March 23 and April 6, 2020 have been cancelled
- Oklahoma Orchid Society: canceled the Oklahoma Orchid Society Show & Sale, which had been scheduled for May 2 and 3, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- ACT testing: ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. Read more here
Statewide Event Cancellations, Postponements
- Redbud Classic, which was set to take place April 4 and 5, has been canceled for 2020 due to growing concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus in Oklahoma.
- Cher concert has been rescheduled to take place on Sept. 18 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City
- Michael Buble’s April 3 concert in Oklahoma City has been postponed. A new date has not been announced
- KISS canceled its Tulsa concert on March 12
- Chickasaw Nation events scheduled March 14-22, 2020 have been canceled. This includes The Three Sisters Celebration, National Learn About Butterflies Day and Genealogy Day.
- The 2020 Medieval Fair of Norman, scheduled for April 3, 4 & 5, has been canceled
- Bricktown St. Patrick’s Day Block Party has been canceled
- Oklahoma City Museum of Art will postpone Museum Playdate on March 14, SONIC Free Family Day on March 15, and Love's Third Thursday: Murder Mystery Night on March 19
- Events postponed at River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa: Trevor Noah comedy show on March 13 has been postponed to July 31; Willie Nelson & Family postponed; Candlebox postponed
- Harlem Globetrotters postpones upcoming game at Chesapeake Energy Arena
- Country star and Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood’s concert at Choctaw Casino & Resort Durant, which was scheduled to take place Saturday, has been postponed to Sept. 11.
- Baby Shark Live! show scheduled for April 17 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.
- Frontier City amusement park in Oklahoma City, has suspended operations until the end of March, due to growing concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus.
- MercyMe’s March 21 Oklahoma City concert postponed, rescheduled for Oct. 3
- The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden will be closed, effective Saturday, March 14, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The zoo tentatively plans to reopen to the public on Monday, March 23, officials said.
- The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will be temporarily closed to the public starting Sunday, March 15, because of concerns surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The museum plans to reopen April 1, but that could change.
- Oklahoma Science Museum has been closed temporarily to the public through the end of March amid concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus.
- The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon has been postponed until October 4 due to public health concerns caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
- The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum will be temporarily closed starting Sunday, March 15, because of public health concerns.
- The Civic Center Foundation will close the Civic Center Music Hall and Hudiburg Chevrolet Center to the public through the end of March or until further notice.
- The Metropolitan Library System has closed all of its libraries for at least two weeks.
How AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are offering relief to customers
March 14, 2020
Consistent with FCC Chairman Pai’s “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” announced today and concerns raised by members of Congress, which we share, AT&T is proud to support our customers by pledging that, for the next 60 days, we will:
- Not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
- Waive any late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer may incur because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Keep our public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any American who needs them.
The coronavirus pandemic is causing many hardships. If you find yourself in financial trouble and unable to pay your bill, we’re here to help you. Please contact us at 800-288-2020 for AT&T broadband, residential wireless or small business services and 611 from your AT&T device for wireless.
- Today, Sprint signed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge. For the next 60 days, we will support our residential and small business customers by:
- Not terminating service if they are unable to pay their Sprint bill because of the coronavirus, and
- Waiving late fees incurred because of economic circumstances related to the pandemic.
- Starting on Tuesday, customers with international long distance calling plans will receive complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3.
- By next Thursday:
- Customers with metered data plans will receive unlimited data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost.
- We will provide customers with an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost.
- Coming soon:
- Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets who don’t have mobile hotspot today will now get 20GB as well per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost.
- For more information about these changes, please visit Sprint.com.
- Customers who prefer to, can easily take advantage of Sprint’s various self-service and digital options to get the help they need through the My Sprint App and the Online support center.
- Starting now - ALL current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have plans with data will have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming).
- Providing T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot / tethering service for the next 60 days – coming soon.
- Working with our Lifeline partners to provide customers extra free data up to 5GB of data per month over the next two months.
- Increasing the data allowance for free to schools and students using our EmpowerED digital learning programs to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month for the next 60 days.
- Additionally, we are now:
- Offering free international calling for ALL current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers to Level 3 impacted countries.
- Supporting the FCC’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge focused on ensuring residential and small business customers with financial impacts do not lose service.
- The company will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus.
- Verizon offers its customers a variety of wireless and home broadband plans, as well as a suite of global IP-network services. Verizon does not have data caps on its Fios home, 5G Home and DSL home broadband services, or on its wireline business broadband services. Most of the company’s wireless customers are on unlimited wireless plans. Customers who are not are encouraged to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots whenever available. Wi-Fi connections do not count against a customer’s data usage.
- The company is pledging to use the power of connectivity now to help keep the nation’s economy moving forward. Equally important, it’s focused on the future, beyond this current crisis, as reflected in Verizon’s announcement yesterday that the company is increasing its capital investment guidance from $17 to $18 billion to $17.5 to $18.5 billion in 2020.
Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum to Temporarily Close in Response to COVID-19: beginning Monday, March 16 and tentatively reopen on Wednesday, April 1.
Oklahoma Historical Society: Per Executive Orders 2020-06 and 2020-07 from Governor Kevin Stitt in response to COVID-19, all OHS-sponsored events at all OHS sites and affiliates will be canceled or postponed through April 14.
Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma shuts down all of its casinos: Effective March 16 at midnight until March 31
OU Medicine Updates Visitation Policy as Response to COVID-19
Vote 4-0, motion carries. Oklahoma public schools are closed March 17-April 6
Beginning March 17, 2020, Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) will begin accepting online applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Energy Crisis Assistance Program (ECAP) at www.okdhslive.org.
Effective at 6 a.m. Saturday, March 14, all Mercy hospitals in Oklahoma will limit access to one visitor per Mercy patient. Visitors will be allowed in Mercy hospitals 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend hours may vary by location.
OKC Zoo goes virtual, announces ways to engage with wildlife during temporary closure
Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-07 the State of Oklahoma is under a state of emergency declared March 15, 2020 and effective until April 13, 2020. The Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) as an agency of the state is currently closed to the public and all meetings in the building have been canceled until April 30, 2020.
Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur and Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee will close March 17-April 6, along with other Oklahoma public schools, to protect the health and wellbeing of students and employees from coronavirus/COVID-19. There are no reported cases of the virus at the schools. OSD and OSB are divisions of Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
In addition, all OHS museums, historic sites, and affiliates will be closed to the public beginning today, March 17. These facilities plan to reopen on Tuesday, March 31. This includes:
- Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetery
- Cabin Creek Battlefield
- Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School
- Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
- Chisholm Trail Museum and A. J. Seay Mansion
- Fort Gibson Historic Site
- Fort Supply Historic Site
- Fort Towson Historic Site
- Fred Drummond Home
- Henry Overholser Mansion
- Honey Springs Battlefield
- Hunter’s Home
- Museum of the Western Prairie
- Oklahoma History Center
- Oklahoma Route 66 Museum
- Oklahoma Territorial Museum
- Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum
- Pioneer Woman Museum and Statue
- Sod House Museum
- Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center
- Tom Mix Museum
- White Hair Memorial
- Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch
- Will Rogers Memorial Museum
The Commission’s Public Utility Division (PUD) is coordinating a voluntary effort by the state’s utilities to help Oklahomans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things, plans are being developed to help impacted customers who may be facing disconnection.
The agency’s PUD staff is coordinating with the regulated utilities to consider moratoriums for those residential customers who are directly affected by the COVID-19 virus and for high risk residential customers.
Please contact your utility to obtain more specific information about that company’s COVID-19 response plan.
- OKDHS continues to encourage online applications and renewals for benefits in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019
- To ensure public and worker safety, OKDHS will not allow individuals who are sick or who have been exposed to someone who is sick to enter agency buildings.
- At this time, all programs and services of the safety net operated by OKDHS continue to operate. OKDHS continues to monitor and implement guidance from the Federal agencies administering our various programs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and other government officials in light of COVID-19. We encourage our customers needing assistance to use www.okdhslive.org and www.okbenefits.org for applications or renewals of services provided by OKDHS.
- On www.okdhslive.org, customers may apply for or renew programs including:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps)
- Child Care Subsidy
- Medical Assistance
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and
- Assistance to the Aged, Blind and Disabled (ABD.
- On www.okbenefits.org, customers may apply for or pay Child Support.
- If customers need help, they may also contact us by using the essential numbers on the "Contact Us" page of our website.
- The statewide abuse and neglect hotline will continue to be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and may be reached at 1-800-522-3511. If a child or adult is in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1.
- Consistent and reliable information about COVID-19 is available through the CDC and OSDH Coronavirus websites and social media. You may also contact the COVID-19 Call Center operated by the OSDH at 877-215-8336. Call Center Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday – Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. The Call Center has the capability to connect callers to Spanish speaking interpreters.
- The CDC and OSDH continue to recommend routine hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, social distancing, staying home when you are sick and routine cleaning as first lines of defense to prevent the spread of all illnesses, but particularly COVID-19.
Federal Disaster Loans Available to Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Oklahoma businesses affected by the Coronavirus are asked to fill out the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management’s Small Business Disaster Economic Injury Assessment survey by clicking HERE.
When SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications are made available, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce will have staff available to assist small businesses with filling out the forms. Companies needing assistance with the application forms and economic development organizations providing assistance to businesses in their communities should contact Ray Little at email@example.com or 405-815-5227.
The Edmond Art Association has decided to cancel their March 23 meeting due to virus concerns. The speaker, Marie Kash Weltzheimer, that was scheduled to speak has been rescheduled for Monday, May 18.
The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City made the decision to temporarily close all locations effective at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Until then, branches will be open for facility access and basic services. All group exercise classes, Child Watch and other programs and services are postponed immediately. We are, however, still operating our Spring Break Vacation Care on Tues., March 17, 2020 to allow parents the time to find alternate care and for staff to determine how to move forward with childcare for the remainder of the week.
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma: On March 16, the Regional Food Bank’s Moore Food & Resource Center implemented a new system that limits the number of shoppers in the facility at any given time. Shoppers are given a box of shelf-stable food and allowed to shop for perishables such as meats, dairy and produce.
In addition, partner agencies are offering grab-and-go models where people can come inside the agency to pick up emergency boxes of shelf-stable food while others are allowing individuals to stay in their vehicles while agency staff place an emergency food box in each vehicle.
On Monday, the Oklahoma State Department of Education mandated statewide school closures until April 6. To determine how best to feed students during this extended closure, the Regional Food Bank is working closely with schools, the state and other food assistance partners. More information to come as available.
The Regional Food Bank encourages anyone needing food assistance to visit rfbo.org/get-help to find an agency nearby or call 405-972-1111.
Special Olympics Oklahoma cancels all April and May events including the Summer Games
DPS extends expiration date for driver licenses, CDLs, ID cards, handicap permits
Remington Park to close casino operations, continue live racing without on-site spectators.
United Way of Central Oklahoma has established the COVID-19 Response Fund dedicated to increasing resilience among our most vulnerable individuals and families. This fund will support Partner Agencies of United Way of Central Oklahoma, United Way of Logan County and United Way of Canadian County.
Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax declared an election emergency for local elections being held in 74 counties on April 7, 2020.
Chickasaw Community Bank defers principal and interest payments.
Assistance Options for Homeowners Impacted by COVID-19
Mercy Postpones All Non-Urgent Imaging Services
State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is asking school leaders statewide to help hospitals and nursing homes by donating desperately needed items such as hand sanitizer, masks and disinfecting wipes.
Commerce to Host Additional Teleconference Meetings for Businesses Interested in Disaster Loan Program
State Board approves distance learning for the remainder of the school year
Oklahoma WIC applications available online