Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: As of July 10, authorities in Oklahoma, US, maintain minimal business restrictions, launch a COVID-19 risk-monitoring system.

  • Alert Begins: 10 Jul 2020 08:35 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 31 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Oklahoma (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions likely

Summary
As of July 10, authorities in Oklahoma have maintained certain restrictions in place, continuing on Phase 3 of the state's economic recovery plan due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Additionally, state officials launched a four-tier risk-monitoring system that will offer guidelines to each county depending on the level of COVID-19 activity within each jurisdiction.

The system goes from green, the lowest risk level of contagion, to red, the highest risk level, and it issues different guidelines per level. However, it does not impose additional restrictions. On the green level, residents are advised to follow basic precautions, such as maintaining social distancing, using a face mask when social distancing is not possible, and washing hands frequently. As of July 10, there are 11 counties on the green level: Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Cimarron, Dewey, Grant, Harper, Major, Roger Mills, and Woodward.

On the yellow level, residents should limit interactions in gatherings of more than 50 people and increase precautions in traveling. Most counties are on the yellow level as of July 10. On the orange level, businesses should increase sanitation procedures, and residents should wear face masks whenever in public, limit travel to essential travel only, and avoid gatherings with anyone from outside their household. As of July 10, McClain, McCurtain, Ottawa, and Tulsa counties are on orange level. No county is at the red level.

Under Phase 3 of the state's economic recovery plan, which has been in place since June 1, all businesses may operate without specific capacity limits, provided they enhance sanitation procedures, close common areas where employees may gather, ensure proper distances between customers and workers, and avoid gatherings. Employers should screen workers' temperatures and monitor for possible symptoms, bar symptomatic employees from work, and provide appropriate protective equipment; recommended guidelines may vary by industry.

Officials could amend the order in short notice, depending on local disease activity in the coming weeks.

Advice
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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