OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 13, 2020) – Interim Health Commissioner Lance Frye, M.D. today announced a new statewide health advisory has been issued, calling on all Oklahomans to strengthen our commitment to combatting COVID-19 in the State.
The ‘Safer in Oklahoma’ Health Advisory reinforces public health precautions and includes the following recommendations: increased public and private testing capacity and more tests with a turnaround time of 48 hours or less; an enhanced data collection system; mask recommendations for people 11 and older, for populations in communal living facilities; mask and table distancing guidelines for restaurants when the county is in elevated (red or orange) alert levels; a mask policy for travelers entering Oklahoma from areas with high levels of community spread; a limit to indoor gatherings; and recommended weekly testing for all staff at long-term care facilities.
“Oklahoma continues to work aggressively to combat COVID-19 in each of our communities, through both personal and socially responsible actions,” said Interim Health Commissioner Lance Frye, M.D. “While we are encouraged to see our case numbers continue to trend down and our hospitalization numbers on the decline, I want to caution that now is not the time to ease up on our efforts. While many efforts are inconveniences now, actions like face mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing are key to stopping the spread of the virus.”