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State Tipoffs Involving Oklahoma Newsletter for Sunday April 12, 2020 ( 17 items )  

City of Tulsa: COVID-19 Situation Update
TULSA, Oklahoma, April 8 -- The city of Tulsa issued the following news: Situation Update To date, the Tulsa Health Department (THD) has confirmed 273 positive COVID-19 cases in Tulsa County. Twenty six residents have recovered and 14 have died. Test results are updated daily at www.tulsa-health.org/COVID19. For the most up-to-date news, information and business resources in Tulsa, visit www.cityoftulsa.org/COVID-19 Cloth Face Covers The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face covers when in  more

Gov. Stitt Approves Emergency Rule to Provide Hiring Flexibilities for Nurse Aides
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 7 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Following a request from Commissioner of Health Gary Cox, Governor Kevin Stitt approved an emergency rule that provides approval of temporary emergency waivers for the employment of nurse aide trainees in employer based nurse aide training programs. The emergency rule is effective immediately and valid for the duration of the emergency declaration. "Due to the on-going pandemic, access to trai  more

House Speaker and Oklahoma State Senate Pro Tem Respond to Governor's Budget Comments
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 10 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following statement: House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, and Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, issued the following statements in response to Gov. Kevin Stitt's actions and comments concerning stabilizing the FY 2020 state budget: "The House and Senate remain united by our actions to swiftly stabilize the budget, and call on the governor to finish the job. Further legislative action is not need  more

N.Y. A.G. James Leads Coalition Fighting Oklahoma's Unconstitutional Ban on Abortion During COVID-19 Pandemic
ALBANY, New York, April 11 -- New York Attorney General Letitia James issued the following news release on April 10: New York Attorney General Letitia James led a multistate coalition of 19 attorneys general in seeking to stop the State of Oklahoma from banning almost all abortions in the state, using the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019) public health crisis as an excuse. Continuing her leadership of the nation's fight to ensure women's reproductive health care is not infringed upon, Attor  more

Okla. Department of Corrections: 5 Agency Staff, 1 Inmate Test Positive for COVID-19
OKLAHOMA CITY, April 8 -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections issued the following news: The Oklahoma Department of Corrections confirms an inmate at Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester has tested positive for COVID-19. Four facility staff members and one probation and parole officer have also tested positive for the virus. ODOC is working with the Oklahoma State Department of Health to continue implementing its response to the pandemic and preventing community spread. Saturd  more

Okla. Department of Corrections: John H. Lilley Inmates Join Fight to Combat COVID-19
OKLAHOMA CITY, April 9 -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections issued the following news: This factory in Boley has never been busier. The inmates at John H. Lilley Correctional Center have been given a monumental responsibility -- to make Oklahoma prisons safer for everyone. "It is our responsibility to protect these guys, whether it's coronavirus or something else that may come into our facilities," plant manager Dale Friend said. Right now, their job is to manufacture disinfectant and  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Announces President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for State Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 7 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt announced that President Donald Trump has approved his request for a Major Disaster Declaration covering all 77 Oklahoma counties. The declaration authorizes FEMA's Public Assistance program, which provides federal funding for emergency protective measures and direct federal assistance for state and local governments as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. G  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Approves Commutations Amid Public Health Crisis
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 11 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Stitt has approved more than 450 offenders for commutations to decrease prison overcrowding and reduce the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak. "We've been working diligently with the Pardon and Parole Board to safely reduce the prison population amidst the COVID-19 pandemic," said Governor Kevin Stitt. "In these unprecedented times, we must take action while safeguarding our Department of Co  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Issues Executive Order 2020-13 to Protect First Responders
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 9 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt issued [EO]Executive Order 2020-13, ensuring first responders such as correctional officers, law enforcement and fire personnel who work for state agencies will receive guaranteed paid time off if they contract COVID-19. "Our first responders put their lives on the line every day to protect their fellow Oklahomans," said Gov. Kevin Stitt. "There's no opportunity to work fro  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Signs S.B. 1053, S.B. 617 to Fund April Budget, Calls on Legislature to Hold to Agreement
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 10 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt signed SB 1053 and SB 617 fully funding the state government through the month of April. Gov. Stitt also called on the Legislature to restore funding cuts to Oklahoma's digital transformation initiatives and preserve all funding to the FY 2020 budget. "Let me make something clear to the people of Oklahoma," said Gov. Stitt. "We had a deal with the Legislature to fully fund  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt, Governor's Solution Task Force Announce Hospital Surge Plan for COVID-19
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 11 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt announced a comprehensive hospital surge plan, which is designed to ensure Oklahoma is fully prepared to handle any surge in demand on the State's hospital and health care systems as a result of COVID-19. "I want Oklahomans to know that we are prepared, and we'll be ready for whatever comes our way with the COVID pandemic," said Gov. Stitt. "Our comprehensive plan ensures   more

Oklahoma State Sen. Young Comments on Gov. Stitt's Declaration of a 'Health Emergency' and Required Legislative Session
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 4 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following statement: State Sen. George Young, D-Oklahoma City, released the following statement on Friday regarding his decision to remain home while the Senate convenes in a special session to vote on the governor's declaration of a health emergency due to COVID-19 in Oklahoma. "I am very disturbed by the new development that will call a special session of the Oklahoma State Senate on Monday, April 6 at 8 a.m. to approve  more

Oklahoma State Senate Approves Measures Stabilizing State Budget, Affirming Governor's Health Emergency Declaration
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 7 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: The Oklahoma Legislature met Monday and approved measures to stabilize the state budget and affirm the governor's health emergency declaration in response to COVID-19. The Oklahoma Senate met in special session and regular session on Monday and employed social distancing measures to protect the health and safety of the senators and few essential staff working at the Capitol. Some of those measures   more

Statement From Oklahoma State Senate Democratic Leader Floyd on Governor's State Budget Comments
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 8 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following statement on April 7 by Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, on behalf of the Oklahoma Senate Democratic Caucus: "On Monday, the Legislature came together and passed legislation with strong bipartisan support to address a large budget shortfall resulting in part from the impact of COVID-19 on Oklahoma's economy. "These budget bills are now on the governor's desk awaiting his signature. "Today,   more

Statement From Oklahoma State Senate Democratic Leader Floyd on Special Session
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 8 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following statement by Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City: "On Monday the Oklahoma Legislature, meeting under strict health and safety protocols, took several unprecedented actions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in Oklahoma. Oklahoma Senate Democrats voted to concur with Governor Kevin Stitt's executive order declaring a health emergency under the Catastrophic Health Emergency Act. "While we support this  more

University of Oklahoma Medicine Announces Four-Phase Surge Plan
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 11 -- The University of Oklahoma's College of Medicine issued the following news on April 10: In preparation for an anticipated surge of patients with COVID-19 requiring hospitalization, OU Medicine has established a four-phase surge plan to admit and treat hundreds of critically ill patients beyond normal hospital capacity. The surge plan involves utilizing space across all OU Medicine facilities in Oklahoma City and Edmond, as well as accelerating construction   more

University of Oklahoma Medicine Participating in COVID-19 Clinical Trial
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 10 -- The University of Oklahoma's College of Medicine issued the following news: As COVID-19 surges its way across the world, public and private agencies are frantically searching for treatment options for the rapidly increasing numbers of patients. On Monday, April 6, OU Medicine received word it had been approved to participate in a clinical trial of a promising therapy for the hardest hit patients. The trial, called "Expanded Access to Convalescent Plasma for  more