All Oklahomans (16 and up) will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting March 29. We encourage everyone to make an appointment for their vaccine as soon as possible through any of the available methods. (Oklahoma State Department of Health)
Governor Stitt, Commissioner Frye announce statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts in Executive Order: https://www.governor.ok.gov/articles/press_releases/governor-stitt-commissioner-frye-announce
“Mayor Holt is imploring Oklahoma City to take a break from higher-risk activities for the next 10 days, and keep our distance from each other to stop the skyrocketing spread of COVID-19 in the metro. The Mayor also will sign a revised emergency proclamation to mirror Gov. Stitt’s executive order requiring bars and restaurants to stop in-person service at 11 p.m. and put at least 6 feet of separation (or barriers) between parties.” https://www.okc.gov/Home/Components/News/News/3651/5296
Gov. Stitt announced new statewide restrictions: https://okcfox.com/news/local/restaurant-bar-curfew-issued-state-employees-must-wear-masks
OKC mask ordinance extended: https://www.okc.gov/Home/Components/News/News/3593/18
How to celebrate Halloween safely: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/articles/state-department-health-issues-halloween-guidance-releases-recommendations-safe-festivities
No-cost flu vaccine available at all OCCHD clinic locations: https://www.occhd.org/application/files/3116/0158/0655/10.1.20_Flu_Vaccine.pdf
Same and next Day, free COVID-19 tests now available at Oklahoma City-County Department. Visit occhd.org for more info.
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) is launching a new assessment, testing and contact tracing solution for COVID-19. You can access and schedule COVID-19 tests and receive results through the TESTOKC.com website.
Governor Kevin Stitt today issued Fourth Amended Executive Oder 2020-20, extending the state of emergency related to COVID-19 that has been in place since March 15, 2020.
Absentee voters can verify their identity by attaching a copy of an approved identification document to their affidavit envelope instead of having their signature notarized or witnessed by two people. The Fourth Amended Executive Order 2020-20 will still be in effect within 45 days of the November 3 general election, this will trigger the provisions provided under Senate Bill 210
Commissioner Frye Issues ‘Safer in Oklahoma’ Health Advisory: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/articles/commissioner-frye-issues-‘safer-oklahoma’-health-advisory
See how the coronavirus is impacting your child’s upcoming school year. The Oklahoma State Department of Education has a database of school websites and other info. You can filter your search for just your County or scroll through to find schools: https://sde.ok.gov/state-school-directory
Local colleges and universities are also being impacted. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education has a list with links to local schools: https://www.okhighered.org/state-system/colleges-universities/okc.shtml
Find out if your career tech is being impacted. Oklahoma CareerTech has a list of districts and info: https://www.okcareertech.org/technology-centers
OKC County Health Department announced four locations that are showing the most rates of transmission of the coronavirus: restaurants, religious venues, daycares & office settings.
Updates from cities. See about mask mandates, find out what s canceled or postponed and what is still taking place. Get the latest: Oklahoma City, Edmond, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, Bethany, Guthrie, Yukon, El Reno, Tuttle, Piedmont, Nicholls Hills, The Village, Shawnee, Stillwater and Warr Acres
New mask ordinance for Oklahoma City effective through Labor Day: https://www.okc.gov/Home/Components/News/News/3503/5296
Oklahoma State Department of Health Launches Color-Coded COVID-19 Alert System https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/articles/oklahoma-state-department-health-launches-color-coded-covid-19-alert-system
City of Norman passes mask ordinance https://www.normanok.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2020-07/Signed%20O-2021-3.pdf
City of Stillwater passes mask ordinance http://stillwater.org/news/view/id/600
Mayor Holt signed a revised emergency proclamation for Oklahoma City’s COVID-19 response that includes requirements and recommendations for high-risk activities that are intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus. https://www.okc.gov/home/showdocument?id=18646
Oklahoma State Fair canceled for 2020.
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission will be renting out the reed center in Midwest City to help process unemployment claims. It will be open Wednesday and Thursday (July 2 and 3) next week and the following week from 7am to 7pm.
Rush Springs Watermelon Festival canceled for 2020.
Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa canceled for 2020.
Mayor Holt encouraged everyone to wear masks, keep your distance and wash your hands as cases and hospitalizations are increasing in OKC: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=966124967172113&ref=watch_permalink
New phase beginning June 1:https://www.okc.gov/Home/Components/News/News/3453/5296
COVID-19 Public Health Reopening Plan:https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/sites/g/files/gmc786/f/public_health_guidance_for_reopening.pdf
Covid-19 testing locations update OKC: https://www.occhd.org/COVID-19
How to make your own face mask: https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-make-a-mask-out-of-fabric
Visiting parks and recreational facilities (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/visitors.html
What to do when you need to run essential errands? (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/essential-goods-services.html
Helping children cope with stress and changes due to COVID-19 (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/for-parents.html
New Phase of re-opening: New proclamation issued in Oklahoma City’s COVID-19 response; addresses distancing, sanitizing requirements for new phase beginning May 15: https://www.okc.gov/Home/Components/News/News/3431/5296
Walmart opens the latest COVID-19 testing sites: https://www.occhd.org/application/files/6515/8889/2415/OCCHD_Release__Walmart_opens_COVID-19_testing_sites-compressed.pdf
Elton John concert at the Chesapeake Energy Arena is being moved to 2021. No new date set yet.
Governor Stitt announced “Open up and Recover Safely” Plan. https://www.governor.ok.gov/articles/press_releases/gov-stitt-announces-open-up-and-recovery-plan. Check with your city to find out when your city is opening. It may differ from that in the governor’s plan.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health is launching the COVID-19 Symptom Tracker https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/symptom-tracker and COVID-19 Data Dashboard, which will be live soon at: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/.
Rocklahoma 2020 postponed to 2021: https://www.rocklahoma.com/
Find a drive-thru testing location (OSDH): https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/drive-thru-testing
What to do if you are feeling sick (OSDH) https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/what-do-if-you-are-sick
Resources and recommendations (OSDH): https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/resources-recommendations
Fact or Fiction – COVID-19 (OSDH): https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/fact-or-fiction-–-covid-19
OK County Health Department partnered with Variety Care to bring an OKC COVID-19 Hotline to the uninsured & those without a primary care physician. Call 405-425-4489 for testing guidance.
All playgrounds are now closed in Oklahoma City under an expanded state of emergency signed today. That’s includes Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department playgrounds and school playgrounds.
You don’t need special identification or permits in Oklahoma City to prove you’re on your way to get essentials or work at an essential job during the COVID-19 emergency, and there’s also not a curfew.
Oklahoma’s ‘essential’ businesses during coronavirus outbreak (KOKH Fox 25): Find the list here.
Oklahoma ABLE Commission announced that it is allowing the delivery of alcoholic beverages until April 17. KOKH Fox 25’s story here.
Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau has a list of OKC restaurants, shops, services and attractions at https://www.visitokc.com/support-okc/.
Oklahomans for Oklahoma a resource for the citizens of OKC to find local spots to order from and support. Find info at
Edmond Active Magazine’s list of Edmond Businesses/Restaurants with drive thru/curbside pick up. Find info at http://edmondactive.com/around-edmond-3-18-2020-local-businesses-restaurants-with-drive-through-curbside-pick-up/.
Integris healthcare workers in need of medical supply donations amid COVID-19 pandemic: info here
OBI: Blood donation is safe and critical. Please donate at an Oklahoma Blood Institute donor center to help prevent a blood supply crisis. It is safe to give blood and they are taking extra steps to keep you safe. Call 877-340-8777 or visit obi.org.
Boys II Men concert at Riverwind Casino been postponed to September 6.
MercyMe has postponed its March 21 concert in Oklahoma City. They have rescheduled for Saturday, October 3.
Carrie Underwood’s March 14 concert at the Choctaw Casino in Durant has been postponed, rescheduled for Sept. 11.
Baby Shark LIVE! at Chesapeake Energy Arena has been postponed. It was originally set to happen April 17. It will be rescheduled.
Norman Music Festival has been postponed until August 27-29.
Cher’s concert that had been postponed in Oklahoma City has been rescheduled for Sept. 18.
KISS’ show at the BOK Center in Tulsa has been postponed and rescheduled for October 4.
Dan + Shay concert, set for March 20 at BOK Center, has been postponed and rescheduled for July 30.
Michael Bublé show at Chesapeake Energy Arena, scheduled for April 3, has been postponedto Feb. 17. 2021.
Updates from cities. See what is canceled, what is postponed and what is still taking place. Get the latest: Oklahoma City, Edmond, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, Bethany, Guthrie, Yukon, El Reno, Tuttle, Piedmont, Nicholls Hills, The Village, Shawnee, Stillwater and Warr Acres.
Continually updated list from our news partner, KOKH FOX25, with closures, postponements and cancelations: https://okcfox.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-cancellations-and-closings-in-oklahoma
Many restaurants are going to carry-out, curbside, drive-thru or delivery only. You might call, check their website or social before leaving the house. KOKH Fox 25 news story: https://okcfox.com/news/local/metro-restaurants-move-to-take-out-only-because-of-coronavirus
Some stores are closing, adjusting hours or doing online business only. You might call, check their website or social before leaving the house. Story about national chains closing: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/stores-closing-coronavirus-list-apple-nike-walmart/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab6j&linkId=84451911&fbclid=IwAR2Khovy25sUgsFAZ4WHN5tkQ90fU_OYxJ–BatsndaedWlIS5nTWpCybLY
OKC Outlets: Temporary hours effective March 18 until further notice will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For the latest go to: https://www.okcoutlets.com/
Nursing homes, hospitals, detention facilities, assisted living, adult day cares are limiting or stopping visitation. You might call, check their website or social before leaving the house.
Check on updates for concerts and events. Some of the concerts and events are canceled while others have or will be postponed to a new date. Here is a list of some of the venues in Oklahoma to check on the status of concerts and events:
Chesapeake Energy Arena: https://www.chesapeakearena.com/
The Criterion: http://www.criterionokc.com/
Tower Theatre: https://www.towertheatreokc.com/
Zoo Amphitheater: https://thezooamphitheatre.com/
The Jones Assembly: https://www.thejonesassembly.com/
Civic Center Music Hall: https://www.okcciviccenter.com/
Cox Convention Center: http://www.coxconventioncenter.com/
Diamond Ballroom: https://diamondballroom.com/
Cain’s Ballroom: https://www.cainsballroom.com/
BOK Center: http://www.bokcenter.com/
Brady Theater: https://bradytheater.com/
Cox Center Tulsa: https://coxcentertulsa.com/
Riverwind Casino: https://www.riverwind.com/entertainment/
Winstar World Casino: https://www.winstar.com/
River Spirit Casino: http://www.riverspirittulsa.com/
Grand Casino Hotel and Resort: https://www.grandresortok.com/
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino: https://www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com/
Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center: https://www.rose.edu/content/news-events/event-centers/rose-state-college-hudiburg-chevrolet-center/
AMC Movie Theatres: All 630 locations will be closed for six to 12 weeks.
Harkins Theatres: Temporarily suspended operations until March 31.
Cinemark Theatres: Temporarily reducing the number of seats and more to keep patrons safe. Get the latest: https://cinemark.com/covid-19-update
Regal Cinemas: Will be closed until further notice.
Additional closures, postponements and cancelations in the Tulsa area from the Tulsa World: https://www.tulsaworld.com/entertainment/most-tulsa-arts-culture-venues-will-close-indefinitely-due-to/article_8bb1339f-1617-5f47-880d-f929cda8e76c.html
Online AA meetings: http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php
Festival of the Arts 2020: Arts Council Oklahoma City announced the cancellation of annual event.
Resources for those needing help or wanting to provide help
Disaster Distress Helpline: Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after any natural or human-caused disaster. The Disaster Distress Helpline also answers calls and texts related to infectious disease outbreaks. Call 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Spanish-speakers can call the hotline and press “2” for bilingual support.
To connect with a live DDH crisis counselor via SMS, text “TalkWithUs” for English or “Hablanos” for Spanish to 66746.
Apply to be considered an essential business: criticalworker.ok.gov.
Filing of income tax and payments have been moved to July 15. All individual and other non-corporate tax filers can defer up to $1 million of state income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15 until July 15 without penalties or interest. The Federal government has also delayed payment.
The State of Oklahoma, local as well as all 77 counties and tribal governments are eligible to receive federal funding for emergency protective measures related COVID-19 response efforts, as well as direct federal assistance.
Filing for unemployment: https://www.ok.gov/oesc/
OKDHS accepting applications for program allowing financial assistance to low-income households for home energy costs: http://www.okdhslive.org/
Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) works diligently to provide the most comprehensive answers to those in need through housing solutions, life skills programs and a variety of health care services: http://nsookc.org/services/
City Rescue Mission’s trained Case Management staff works with over 70 local agencies to provide access to coordinated services: https://cityrescue.org/get-help/
List of free or low-cost clinics in OKC:
Infant Crisis Services provides food, formula and diapers for families in need: https://www.infantcrisis.org/
Disaster legal services: https://www.legalaidok.org/disaster-legal-services/
Food assistance: https://www.regionalfoodbank.org/get-help
If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare or have other concerns about how COVID-19 will impact you, please dial 211 for a free referral service available 24-hours each day.
Resources from the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce: https://www.okcchamber.com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=COVID-19Resources&utm_source=MP&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=IntMemberNews&utm_content=COVID193_12_20
List of Financial resources to help if you are impacted by coronavirus: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/news/list-financial-resources-to-help-if-you-are-impacted-by-coronavirus/ar-BB113JAR
Workers’ Rights During Coronavirus: https://www.washingtonian.com/2020/03/12/what-are-your-workers-rights-during-coronavirus/
For information about nonprofits in our state whether you are needing help, wanting to help or volunteer or to find out if an event has been postponed or canceled, go here: https://www.oklahomacenterfornonprofits.org/
Here Are Some Simple Ways You Can Help Your Community During the Coronavirus Outbreak: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/simple-ways-help-community-during-154600262.html
How to help artists, musicians, servers / bartenders and small businesses: https://onmilwaukee.com/raisemke/articles/how-to-help-everyone.html