As of this advisory, there are 719 positive cases of COVID-19 and 30 deaths in Oklahoma. There are now 21 positive cases in Comanche County. Please follow CDC guidelines and the Governor’s executive order.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) continues to support guidelines from the CDC related to social distancing and personal hygiene. OSDH encourages Oklahomans to stay home, reduce person-to-person contact, wash hands frequently, and avoid touching your face. If you develop symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or cough, please contact your medical professional or call the COVID-19 call center at 877-215-8336 or 211 for assistance.
There is agreement to stabilize the state budget with RESERVES when a revenue failure is declared soon, which means the budget should not see reductions this fiscal year so services can continue uninterrupted during COVID-19 response.
An unprecedented volume of unemployment filings and inquiries is occurring at the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC). Filings are being processed, but answers to questions are experiencing significant DELAYS.
You do not have to call OESC to file for unemployment. Filings can and are highly encouraged to be made ONLINE at unemployment.ok.gov
Formal LAUNCH of the decennial head count by the U.S. Census is still scheduled for today, April 1, 2020, while some OPERATIONAL deadlines have been delayed or extended due to COVID-19 concerns.
In-person follow-ups to non-responsive households begin May 7 and may be delayed further upon the guidance of federal, state, local and health authorities.
The U.S. Census Bureau expects no delays on delivering final data ON SCHEDULE.
By now, most Oklahomans should have received a MAILER on how to complete the Census questionnaire. As of the latest update, 32.5% of the state has self-responded online, by mail or phone, compared to 36.2% nationally. Even if a household has not received its questionnaire, they can complete it online at my2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020.
PRIVATE LAB REPORTING
To help give the state a more complete picture of cases to incorporate into response efforts, the Commissioner of Health sent a letter to private labs Tuesday reminding them of their LEGAL REQUIREMENT to report all positive and negative COVID-19 test results.
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is progressing on a number of fronts to launch testing that could INCREASE the state’s testing capacity by thousands of tests a day, dependent on delivery of supplies and systems. OU’s testing will be launching in phases upon delivery of necessary items over the next one to four weeks.