Officials in Oklahoma, US, update coronavirus risk-monitoring system in multiple counties, Oct. 9. Other restrictions remain.
Alert Begins 09 Oct 2020 06:39 PM UTC
Alert Expires 23 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Oklahoma
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Business disruptions likely
Authorities in Oklahoma maintain certain restrictions and continue to operate in Phase 3 of the state's coronavirus (COVID-19) economic recovery plan as of Oct. 9. Additionally, Oklahoma has updated its four-tier, color-coded system for risk monitoring and denoting COVID-19 activity in a specific area. Using this system, authorities issue guidelines for each county based on local COVID-19 activity. The system is advisory in nature and does not impose formal restrictions on individual jurisdictions. It consists of the following levels:
- Green (new normal): Residents are advised to follow basic precautions, such as maintaining social distancing, wearing protective face coverings when social distancing is not possible, and washing hands frequently. As of Oct. 9, only Noble county is at the green level.
- Yellow (low risk): Residents are advised to limit interactions in gatherings of more than 50 people and increase precautions when traveling. As of Oct. 9, six counties are on the yellow level: Coal, Ellis, Marshall, Nowata, Pawnee, and Woods.
- Orange (moderate risk): Businesses are advised increase sanitation procedures, allow employees to telecommute to the extent possible, and implement other protective measures. Residents should wear protective face coverings whenever in public, limit travel to essential travel, and avoid gatherings with persons from outside their household. As of Oct. 9, 70 out of the state's 77 counties are at the orange level, including its most populated jurisdictions, such as Oklahoma, Tulsa, Cleveland, Comanche, Canadian, and Rogers counties.
- Red (high risk): Authorities currently have no published guidelines for this level. No counties in Oklahoma are currently 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, and ensure proper distances between customers and workers. Employers should screen workers' temperatures, monitor for possible symptoms, bar symptomatic employees from work, and provide appropriate protective equipment.
Authorities could tighten, further relax, or otherwise amend current COVID-19 restrictions with little-to-no notice, depending on local disease activity in the coming weeks.
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.