State Of Emergency Declared In Oklahoma City Due To Coronavirus

Sunday, March 15th 2020, 6:25 pm
By: News 9

According to city officials, a state of emergency has been declared in Oklahoma City due to coronavirus concerns. 

The emergency was announced at a Sunday evening press conference with OKC Mayor David Holt as well as Oklahoma County health officials. 

“Limiting close personal contact is our only real tool of mitigation, and on the advice of public health officials, and with the confirmation of local spread, we feel it is now time to do more,” Oklahoma City mayor David Holt said. “I do not proclaim this state of emergency casually, and I am fully aware of the gravity of the moment. But this is a time to protect the people of Oklahoma City.”

Holt said a COVID-19 case announced Sunday was the result of community spread. 

Holt also announced a ban of gatherings of 50 people or more at city-related events. 

Oklahoma City will stop cutting off water service for customers unable to pay their bills.

The city suggested that all users of public transportation must maintain a distance of at least three feet from other people. 

All event permits through April 12 have been revoked. 

There have been seven reported cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

Three additional cases were confirmed by the state on Sunday. 

This is a developing story. 

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