COVID-19 forces governor’s hand, non-essential business to shut down for 21 days

COVID-19 forces governor’s hand, non-essential business to shut down for 21 days

State of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt ordered all non-essential businesses in counties with positive tests of COVID-19 to close for 21 days beginning at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

The Oklahoma Department of Health announced Tuesday that 106 Oklahomans have test positive for the Coronavirus. Three Oklahoma citizens have perished due to the disease, while 25 others have been hospitalized.

The positive cases range from ages less than 1-years-old to 91-years-old, according to the state health department.

Jenks Mayor Robert Lee was pleased with Stitt’s decisions Tuesday.

“I was very relieved to see the governor’s announcement today,” Lee said. “We need swift and consistent action to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so I think this decision is going to save a lot of lives.”

Stitt called a news conference Tuesday following the health department’s numbers to address the issue further.

“We need all Oklahomans to take this really, really seriously,” Stitt said.

Stitt issued the order to all non-essential businesses during the news conference. The 21-day closure will last until April 14.

Tulsa County has 12 positive cases for COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning.

Stitt urged restaurants across the state to shift to a curbside or take-out model, but most in Tulsa County already have due to previous orders by community mayors and officials.

Stitt also said that gatherings of 10 people or more will be restricted across the state.

The Oklahoma governor issued a “safer-at-home’” order, asking all vulnerable populations across the state to stay at home and only go out in public for the essentials until April 30.

Stitt says he is also issuing a 14-day suspension of all elective surgeries, minor medical procedures, and non-emergency dental procedures in order to protect the state’s supply of personal protective equipment for medical workers. Visitation is also being suspended at all long-term care facilities until further notice.

Stitt is also issuing a 14-day suspension of all elective surgeries, minor medical procedures and non-emergency dental procedures and there will be no more visitation to long-term care facilities for the time being.

“We are going to get through this,” Stitt said. “We’ve been in tough times before and together we are going to come out of this stronger”.

Kyle Salomon

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