Coronavirus Updates: Cleveland Shutdown, Tulsa Ballet, Amazon & Eskimo Joe's

Mar 24, 2020

The city of Cleveland in northeast Oklahoma has declared a State of Emergency. Cleveland councilmembers made the move after three cases of COVID-19 appeared in Pawnee County, including the death of a city resident.

Leaders say the emergency declaration leads to a total shut down for Cleveland.

The city is not releasing any more information on the state's second COVID-19 death beyond it being a man in his 50s.

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The Tulsa Ballet is working on getting surgical masks to hospitals.

Staff members are transforming costume remnants into masks for area hospitals and health services.

The masks are made of four layers of 100 percent cotton, used because it is sturdy and yet permeable enough to breathe through, while still filtering out many airborne particles.

The company has reached out to Hillcrest, Saint Francis and Saint John Hospitals as well as Healthy Minds Positive Initiative.

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Amazon officials say one of their employees is getting treated for COVID-19. The individual who is receiving medical care while under quarantine was last onsite on Wednesday, March 18.

Amazon says it is notifying all employees who had close contact with the individual and asking them to self-quarantine for 14 days.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon has prioritized shipment of critical items and encourages users to select a "no rush" option for some purchases.

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Eskimo Joe's and Mexico Joe's in Stillwater, as well as all Eskimo Joe's clothing stores and corporate offices will be closed until April 6.

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