House Democrats Ask Gov. Stitt To Implement Oklahoma Virus Awareness Program

Wednesday, June 24th 2020, 5:20 pm
By: Erica Rankin

 House Minority Leader Emily Virgin announced a new system the House Democratic Caucus is proposing called the Oklahoma Virus Awareness Program.

“It has become clear that the public needs more guidance from their state government on what they should be doing to combat the spread of this virus,” said Virgin.

Virgin said the program uses data to break things down into five levels.

Each level would have recommendations for actions that should be taken during a pandemic

“We know that systems like this are used in a number of instances,” said Virgin. “This is actually being used in the U.K. right now to inform the public of the spread of coronavirus.”

Virgin said the cost for the program is low since the health department already tracks the data needed for it.

“We hope that this could be implemented any day now,” said Virgin.

There is no word yet from the governor’s office on a decision.

The governor’s office responded to the announcement with the following statement:

“Governor Stitt and his administration have been committed to providing accurate, detailed data to Oklahomans from the start. Daily data provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Health continues to earn national praise for its transparency and level of depth, including an A+ rating from the COVID Tracking Project. As we are 62 days into our safe and measured reopening plan, the governor has repeatedly reminded Oklahomans that COVID-19 is still in Oklahoma and to take precautions. Oklahomans cherish their freedom to value facts over fear and to take informed steps to protect their families.
It is disappointing, but not surprising, to see the minority party continue to try to play politics during a pandemic."