We are taking a break from the fun, yet informative content we normally send you to make sure you’re in the loop about the serious coronavirus situation in the city.
On Monday, Mayor David Holt declared a state of emergency in the city. There have been 17 cases confirmed statewide, including six Oklahoma County residents (and of course the two Utah Jazz players who have since returned home.) But the main concern and the reason for the declaration is that one positive test was not related to travel, indicating possible community spread.
That’s why Mayor Holt and city staff are taking steps to reduce residents’ encounters with each other. The city is revoking all special event permits for events March 16 to April 12. All events with 50 or more people at city-operated, city-owned and those managed by a private contractor are suspended. Those facilities include the Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex, Civic Center Music Hall, Riversport Adventures, the Zoo Amphitheatre and the Cox Convention Center. This means if you have tickets for an event at those facilities, then your event is not happening. You find the full list venues closed for events here.
In addition, the city will stop cutting off all water service to customers who are unable to pay their bills. This will help them continue to wash their hands as they keep their families clean.
Speaking of which, have you washed your hands lately? You can stop reading and go get a good scrub if you need it. We’ll still be here when you get back. If you’re tired of the birthday song, you can also try these suggestions, which include “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” the chorus of “One Shot” by Hamilton, and “No Scrubs,” by TLC.
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department is keeping an eye on the local situation and is in contact with statewide officials. Updates are posted to this site as they become necessary.
As your situation changes and you need help, whether financially, legally or mentally, we encourage you to seek the resources at Oklahoma 211. Visit 211Oklahoma.org to find help in our area.
Need more information about the virus:
- Statewide summary
- COVID-19 call center: (877) 215-8335 (se habla español)
- Statewide resources
- What to do if you’re sick
- Fact or fiction
If at all possible, the best thing you can do right now is to stay home.