Coronavirus Updates: Students Will Be Fed, Casinos To Close

Mar 16, 2020

Oklahoma students will continue receive meals from their schools during mass closures. The State of Oklahoma applied for and received two waivers from the US Department of Agriculture to distribute lunches to children living in low-income households.

Almost 400,000 students statewide would qualify for the meal service. Normally to participate in the program, children have to be fed at a school site. However, that requirement will be waived in Oklahoma until June 30. It will ultimately be up to school districts to distribute food through a grab and go meal service to limit interaction and reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Chickasaw Nation and The Cherokee Nation both announced Monday they will be closing all of their casinos, effective at midnight.

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. say their respective tribes will continue to compensate employees during the closures, which will extend through the end of March.

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The city of Tulsa and the city of Guthrie both declared emergencies for their cities on Monday, following emergency declarations on Sunday by Oklahoma City, Stillwater and the state of Oklahoma.

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Tulsa County District Court Judge Bill LaFortune has announced a two-week moratorium on evictions in the county, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dylan Goforth of The Frontier reports Tulsa County has more than 14,000 evictions per year, one of the highest rates in the nation.