State Of Emergency Declared In Oklahoma County Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

Monday, March 16th 2020, 2:08 pm
By: Storme Jones

Oklahoma County Commissioners declared the COVD-19 outbreak an emergency Monday, urging residents to stay away from county offices.

“Don’t be coming down here unless you have a court date that hasn’t been postponed, or it’s a dire emergency,” County Commissioner Kevin Calvey said.

While commissioners don't have authority over the courts, all Oklahoma County jury trials have been canceled through April 6.

Oklahoma County Presiding Jude Ray Elliott said people who received a jury summons do not need to appear and are excused from jury service.

"This too shall pass, we'll get through it, just take reasonable precautions, that social distancing we've talked about, and remain calm and pray," Calvey said.

Commissioners discussed plans to expand employee health insurance coverage to pay for all coronavirus testing and treatment for county employees.

They also gave the go-ahead for departments under the county commissioners to begin working from home.

Other departments under elected officials like the county clerk, treasurer and assessor will make their own decision on working from home. However, all of those offices said they will remain open.

“Public health is number one, continuing to serve the public, just from home, would be number two,” Calvey said.