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The Oklahoma State Department of Health is authorizing the following facilities to restrict visitation as they deem necessary to protect against the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Nursing facilities
  • Assisted living centers
  • Residential care facilities
  • Adult day care centers
  • Intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities
  • Hospitals
  • Other medical facilities or congregate living settings which house or serve vulnerable populations
  • City and county detention facilities.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has announced the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in Oklahoma County. The patient is a woman in her 60s who recently traveled to Florida. She is in isolation at home, and public health officials are doing an investigation to find people she was recently in contact with. However, they note that this case is unrelated to other cases reported in the state and is not a sign of community spread.

As part of our continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 presidential election, KOSU will offer multiple special coverage programs this week.

We're presenting facts over fear with an NPR special on what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic, as well as a two-day call-in special, where listeners can ask medical and public health professionals their questions about the pandemic.

Oklahoma's price gouging statute, or the Emergency Price Stablization Act, is in effect following President Donald Trump's emergency delaration of COVID-19. 

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced the statute, which automatically triggers after a state or federal emergency is issued,  prohibits an increase of more than 10% for the price of goods or services. 

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden will be temporarily closed, effective Saturday, March 14, to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Zoo tentatively plans to reopen to the public on Monday, March 23.

OKC Zoo day camps scheduled for Spring Break between Monday, March 16 and Friday, March 20, and the Zoo’s preschool program, Nature Explorers, will also be cancelled. Registered participants will receive complete refunds.

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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is canceling all visitation and all volunteer access to facilities effective at 6 p.m. today. This decision was made to keep staff, inmates and volunteers safe from the spread of COVID-19 inside the facilities.

DOC says they are taking several proactive preventative steps, including screening all new inmate arrivals for symptoms of COVID-19 and suspending all inmate security movements, with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis.

More businesses in Oklahoma are canceling public events due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

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