The Governor has just launched a website, https://www.okcommerce.gov/covid19/, for businesses seeking information on the governor’s most recent executive order. Businesses can use this site to request to be considered an essential employer to remain open if they are not one already.
State officials report a critical shortage of testing.
If you're sick, do not go to the ER. Consult first with a health care provider. Regardless of whether tests show you have a common cold, the flu or COVID-19, doctors will tell most people to stay home, rest, get plenty of fluids and avoid contact with others.
If your symptoms worsen, you have difficulty breathing or you have a fever for more than 72 hours, call your doctor. If you don't have a primary care physician, call 2-1-1 to reach HeartLine Oklahoma.
These steps are crucial to "flatten the curve" and save your fellow Oklahomans' lives and livelihoods. They will slow the rate of infection, save crucial medical resources for the sickest and most vulnerable patients, and help us return as soon as possible to a normal way of life.
● Practice social distancing. Stay home if you can. Work from home if you can.
● When you must go out, stay at least 6 feet away from others, including when picking up food and basic necessities. Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.
● Pay attention to your surroundings. Avoid crowded rooms, especially if you, a loved one or other people in the room are especially vulnerable.
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
● If you're sick, avoid close contact with other people.
● Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water aren't available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
● When you must leave home, wash your hands as soon as you get back.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
● Cough or sneeze into a tissue. Then throw the tissue in the trash.
Information and recommendations from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH):
COVID-19 is in Oklahoma, and more cases are expected.
Public health officials advise against all cruise travel.
Older adults and people with chronic illness should avoid all non-essential air travel. They are at a higher risk for a more severe infection.
Take social distancing precautions like teleworking and avoiding large gatherings.
If your Oklahoma business is being negatively impacted by COVID-19 it is important that you fill out this business survey. Survey results will help determine how much federal funding Oklahoma will receive for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. https://bit.ly/2IUw1Xm