As Oklahoma tries to ramp up its response to the Coronavirus, Gov. Kevin Stitt is amending an executive order.
The amendment allows labs at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University to perform tests for the virus, allows nurses with inactive licenses to quickly get recertified, allows nurses to practive regardless of tax compliant status and limits prescriptions of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to ensure the supply is adequate for patients who need it the most.
"By equipping our nurses and universities with these flexibilities and protecting access to critical medications, we will be able to continue to effectively respond to the needs of Oklahomans as a result of COVID-19," said Gov. Stitt in a released statement.
I amended Executive Order 2020-07 tonight to allow @okstate and @UofOklahoma labs to perform COVID-19 testing. We are still determining their exact testing capacity, but I'm excited about how our state’s research universities are working to find innovative solutions. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/In2mcnd3kM
— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) March 22, 2020
#okstate and @OSUMedicine are committed to supporting the initiatives of our state to combat the spread of #COVID19. We are united to use our extensive research and medical expertise to protect the health and well-being of Oklahomans. We are proud to do our part at OSU. https://t.co/PvGZ4s0qdr
— Burns Hargis (@burnshargis) March 22, 2020