COVID-19 update from OK State House Reps.
OKLAHOMA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
- The state House will continue working remotely next week, from March 30 to April 3. The House will remain open at this time but won’t be working from inside the Capitol. No committee or floor activity is planned next week.
- To protect public health, capitol access is still restricted the elected officials, essential staff, press and state officials invited for critical meetings.
- Good progress is being made on the state budget, which has been prioritized for an agreement and vote far earlier than usual this session.
- The U.S. Senate has approved the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill and sent it to the U.S. House, which is expected to vote on it within a day.
- Most of the bill’s provisions will take immediate effect. Full details will be reported upon final passage and signature by the President.
- Public schools will remain physically closed while beginning distance learning for the rest of the school year after action by the State Board of Education and Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.
- Distance learning begins April 6. local districts will determine the distance learning plans for each district and communicate those details to parents and students. Distance learning may include instruction online, over the phone, on television or with mailed materials.
- Mandatory statewide testing has been waived this year.
- The business closure provision of Governor Stitt’s “Safer at Home” executive order is in effect until April 16, subject to additional changes. Under the order, businesses not considered essential are to close in counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases.
- The list of essential businesses has been expanded. Details and requests for exemptions to the order can be found at okcommerce.gov/covid19
- The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s satellite testing locations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kay, and Pittsburg counties are launching in phases.
- Under the order of the State Department of Health, locations of the test sites will be given upon referral and by appointment only as recommended by health care professionals. Supplies are limited and intended to serve communities in those areas only, so the test sites are not open to the general public.
- A wide variety of criminal scams related to coronavirus are increasing, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Every U.S. Attorney has appointed a full-time coronavirus coordinator to prioritize prosecution of coronavirus-related crimes.
- Beware of robocall, online and in-person scams pushing fake vaccines, fake tests, immunity kits, counterfeit personal protective equipment, nonexistent health care services and more. Also beware of hoarding and price-gouging of critical supplies.
- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s guidance can be found at https://bit.ly/2QIQx1c and https://bit.ly/2JkDizz
- Western District of Oklahoma U.S. Attorney Tim Downing’s guidance can be found at https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdok/covid-19-fraud-0
- REPORT inappropriate activity to:
- Attorney General Mike Hunter’s Consumer Protection Unit by phone at (405) 521-2029, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The U.S. Department of Justice National Center for Disaster Fraud at (877) 720-5721, justice.gov or email at email@example.com
- The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov
- The work search requirement for unemployment benefits has been temporarily waived by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.